Thursday, February 11, 2016

Reid tempers Foles fever

CLEVELAND -- It isn't going anywhere. It will only build after Friday night's performance.

Reid tempers Foles fever

Andy Reid hasn´t yet named Nick Foles his backup quarterback, but it´s almost certain that he will. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer )
Andy Reid hasn't yet named Nick Foles his backup quarterback, but it's almost certain that he will. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer )

CLEVELAND -- It isn't going anywhere. It will only build after Friday night's performance.

Nick Foles fever is sweeping Philadelphia and it is likely to hit a higher pitch after the quarterback turned in another impressive outing in the Eagles' 27-10 win over the Browns in their third preseason game.

Andy Reid hasn't yet named the rookie his backup quarterback, although there seems little reason for the coach not to after Foles delivered a third straight strong game under center. But there are sure to be many Eagles fans that believe Foles is a better option than even starter Michael Vick.

Reid was asked following the game why it may be too early to get excited about Foles.  

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"For what's been thrown at him, he's handled it well," Reid said. "That other part is the unknown if he has to play in the regular season."

In three games, the rookie has completed 36 of 57 passes (63.2 percent) for 507 yards and six touchdowns against two interceptions. Injuries to Vick and Mike Kafka have given Foles the opportunity to move up the depth chart.

“It’s an opportunity to get better and help my teammates, that’s the only way I look at it,” Foles said. “Like I said before, I’m not worried about two, three, four [on depth chart].”

Vick (bruised ribs) and Kafka (broken left hand) did not travel with the team. Vick left Monday night's game against the Patriots early after he was decked in the mid-section. He is not expected to play in the preseason finale on Aug. 30 against the New York Jets, but Reid said Wednesday that he would be ready by the opener back here on Sept. 9. 

"I think he's going to be fine for the first game," Reid said Friday.

Vick told USA Today on Thursday that his ribs were 80 percent healthy and that he was "trying" to get healthy in time for the opener. Reid said Vick and Kafka threw back in Philly. Reid was asked if Kafka, whose backup job appears to be in jeopardy perhaps along with a roster spot, would be ready for the Jets.

"He said he felt pretty good and his hand felt pretty good," Reid said. "We'll have Rick [Burkholder] check him out tomorrow and see where he's at."

With Vick and Foles assured roster spots, the last spot will come down to Kafka and Trent Edwards. Reid said he expects to keep three quarterbacks as he always has.

"I think all four can play -- that's what's comforting," Reid said. "That's going to be a tough decision. Most likely we'll keep three. Somebody's going to get a real good quarterback."

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