Foles: ‘I did have elbow issues in 2017’

Eagles DE Brandon Graham raised a few eyebrows recently when he said this about his former teammate and current Jaguars QB Nick Foles earlier this week:

 

As we know, Foles went on to have a magical 2017 season as he led the Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl 52 against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Today, Foles addressed Graham’s comments. Here is what he had to say:

(On Brandon Graham’s comment that 2017 might be Foles’ last season because of elbow issues):

Foles: “Yes, B.G. texted me afterwards saying, ‘I didn’t mean [to start] all that.’ I had some elbow issues that were well-known at that time and documented in Philly, so I missed training camp. The elbow issues, Dr. [Eon K.] Shin is there, a lot of guys go see him. He’s a wonderful guy, so I was able to get everything cleared up. I felt good. It was one of those things where when I was in St. Louis, it was also well-documented that after that, I was going to step away from the game. It was sort of a combination of both of those moments. But, yes, I did have elbow issues in 2017 that were very difficult at the beginning of the season and got better as the season went on.”

(On if he is having any issues with his elbow now):

Foles: “No. My body feels great. Obviously if you play football you’re going to have bumps and bruises and get soreness. But my body feels great. I do everything I can to monitor [my health] – a clean diet and do great recovery.”

Well, based on how things ended in 2017, and based on what we saw out of Foles last season in Philadelphia, it is safe to say that the elbow looks good. in reality, Jacksonville probably does not give him a four-year contract worth $88 million if his elbow was not in good shape.

In the end, this story just makes what happened with Foles and the Eagles in 2017 even more magical.

 

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Eagles’ Groh on Jackson: ‘I think he’s still one of the fastest guys in the league’

There is a lot of excitement in Philadelphia about the return of WR DeSean Jackson. The 32-year-old Jackson, who was traded to the Eagles this offseason after spending two years with the Buccaneers, is back where it all started, as he played his first six seasons in Philadelphia.

Jackson joins an offense that is expected to do the big things this season, and with Jackson in the fold, the Eagles have a guy that is one best deep threats in football. The three-time Pro Bowler has 24 touchdown receptions of 60 yards or more, which is the most in NFL history. However, according to Eagles OC Mike Groh, Jackson can do more than just catch the deep ball.

“DeSean [Jackson] is a complete player,” Groh said on Monday. “He can do anything that he wants. As a coach, it’s really exciting because you can just say, ‘Hey, can you run this route or can you do it like this,’ and you can just tell him and he can do it. So from a coaching standpoint that makes it really easy, and we’re just trying to move him around and have him do a bunch of different things because he is such a weapon.”

2019 will be Jackson’s 12th year in the league, and you would think at this point of his career that he would have lost some speed. But according to Groh, that is not the case with Jackson.

“I think he’s still one of the fastest guys in the league,” Groh said. “So, he’s still playing at an elite-speed level. He’s one of the fastest guys out there every day on the field and still has absolute confidence in his speed and ability to win.”

Philadelphia has one of the better tight ends in football in Zach Ertz and another emerging talent at the tight end position in Dallas Goedert to go along with what they have at the wide receiver position in Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor.

Now, you add Jackson to the mix, which should give QB Carson Wentz and this offense all it needs to put up big numbers this season.

 

Foles on Eagles Fans: ‘They travel everywhere’

When you win a Super Bowl, your name is talked about forever, and when you win a Super Bowl in the city of Philadelphia, you’re loved forever, which is the case with former Eagles QB Nick Foles, who helped the Eagles win Super Bowl 52, before signing with the Jaguars this offseason.

Recently, Foles and the Jaguars traveled to Baltimore to play the Ravens in their preseason opener, and while he did not play, there was a lot Foles jerseys in the stands, but it was not Foles number 7 jersey that he wears for Jacksonville, it was Foles number 9 jersey that he wore with the Eagles.

“That’s just sort of how it is. They travel everywhere, they’re all over the place, and when we were in Baltimore, there was a lot of my old Eagles jerseys in the stands and a lot of signs,” Foles said about Eagles fans. “‘It’s very humbling. ‘I’ve said ‘that’s an emotional place to me, but it was cool to see that we were able when I was there to impact a community, and ‘that’s why ultimately being here our goal is to grow together as a team and then continue to energize the community. And ultimately ‘that’s how we handle ourselves on and off the field and how we handle ourselves on game day, so ‘that’s what ‘we’re working towards here in Jacksonville.”

On Thursday, Foles will play his former team as the Eagles travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars, which will allow Foles to catch up with his former teammates— something that Foles is looking forward to doing.

“‘It’ll mean a lot to see those guys pregame and catch up with a lot of those guys,” Foles said. “They’re family to me, always will be. So, it’ll be good to see a lot of their faces and talk to them, see how ‘they’re doing. I know ‘they’re grinding through camp as well, so ‘it’ll be good to catch up with a lot of them.”

Foles is unsure how much he will play against the Eagles or any team this preseason, but he is okay with whatever the club decides.

“‘I’m going to leave all of those things up to coach,” he said. “All ‘I’m going to do is handle what I can control and ‘that’s coming out here and competing with my teammates, working hard, studying the film, working in meetings and walkthroughs and whatever he decides ‘I’ll go with.”

No matter what happens with Foles in Jacksonville, he should be happy to know that he will always be able to get some love from the Philly faithful.

Doug Pederson on McNabb to the HOF: ‘You can make an argument for him going in’

Former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb is the greatest quarterback in the team’s history. McNabb has one Super Bowl appearance(Loss to Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX) and has been to the NFC Championship game five times, including four in a row(2000-2004). In 13 seasons, McNabb threw for 37,275 yards, which is more than Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Kurt Warner, Steve Young, and Jim Kelly. He also has 234 touchdown passes, which is more than Young, Warner, and Aikman.

However, Warner, Aikman, and Young all have won at least one Super Bowl, and while Kelly has not won a Super Bowl, he did make it to four straight Super Bowls.

So, should McNabb be in the Hall? He thinks he belongs, and so does his former head coach Andy Reid.

Today, one of McNabb’s former teammates in Philadelphia, and the current head coach of the Eagles, Doug Pederson, gave his thoughts on McNabb’s candidacy for the Hall.

“Yeah, I think you look at the body of work, I mean, I think there is definitely — you can make a case, you can make an argument for him going in,” Pederson said on Saturday. “You know, obviously in our game, quarterbacks, especially the top-tier quarterbacks, are always thought of as are they Super Bowl winners and things like that.

“I don’t think that has to be the final straw in any decision. How they lead their team for so many years, the numbers they put up, the amount of NFC championship games that he’s led this team to, you could definitely make an argument for it.

“Maybe one day he’ll get an opportunity.”

The only thing that is missing from McNabb’s resume is a Super Bowl title. McNabb had a very good career, but making the Hall could be a tall order for him, and because he fell short so many times in big moments, including the Super Bowl, he might fall just short of being a Hall of Famer.

 

Eagles OC Groh on Wentz: ‘I think he’s free of mind, body and heart right now’

Eagles QB Carson Wentz comes into the 2019 NFL season with a lot of security. In the offseason, he signed a four-year, $128 million contract extension with Philadelphia, and with Nick Foles out the picture, the 2019 Philadelphia Eagles are completely his team.

While Wentz, by his own admission, struggled as a leader in 2018. The upcoming season gives Wentz an opportunity to take back the team and put Philadelphia in position to win their second title in three years, and according to Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh, Wentz is practicing at a high level and leading the football team.

“I always try not to get into comparisons, whether it’s one player versus another guy or year over year, things like that. All I can tell you is this: [QB] Carson [Wentz] is operating really well. I think he’s free of mind, body, and heart right now, and he’s a leader of our team,” Groh said on Wednesday. “He’s playing at a high level for us right now. He’s embracing everything that we’re giving him, and really doing a good job each and every day coming out here, being efficient with the football, spreading the ball around. Everybody is involved, and I think everybody is having fun right now playing offense.”

The pressure is on the 26-year-old Wentz, but with everything out the way, Wentz can play free, which was how he played when he was nearly the MVP in 2017, and with the many weapons the Eagles have on the offensive side of the ball, Wentz has the potential to be sensational. if he can prove that he can stay healthy, Wentz and the Eagles could have a repeat of that 2017 season.

Eagles DC Schwartz on Vinny Curry: ‘I think you’ll see big contributions from him’

In 2017, Eagles DE Vinny Curry was a big part of the team’s defensive line rotation, a rotation that helped Philadelphia win a Super Bowl that season, and after spending the first six seasons of his career in Philadelphia, Curry, 31, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last offseason, and in 2018, he amassed 2.5 sacks in 12 games.

Now, he’s back in Philadelphia, on a one-year deal, and according to Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Curry should have a solid season for the team.

“Like I said, our defensive line is extremely important to us,” Schwartz said on Friday. “A guy I probably missed in that whole thing was [DE] Vinny Curry. I’m really excited to have Vinny back. He played a really strong role for us that Super Bowl year. Throughout the spring, he looked as good, if not better, than I’ve ever remembered him. I think you’ll see big contributions from him.”

The defensive line has been the strength of this Eagles defense under Schwartz. With Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, and Timmy Jernigan on the inside, and Derek Barnett, Brandon Graham, and Curry on the outside. Philly should be in decent shape on the defensive line this season.

“I say it all the time to our players: the defensive line is the engine that runs this defense,” Schwartz said. “Those guys embrace that. They know they have to set the tempo for our team being physical, swarm around the quarterback, chase the ball, all those different things.”

The Eagles like to rotate their defensive linemen, and Schwartz believes he has the talent to do so.

“We’ll have plenty of guys to rotate,” Schwartz said. “You know we prefer not to play anybody too many snaps up there so we can keep guys fresh and keep them going.”

While Curry may not be as good as the departed Michael Bennett or Chris Long, he is a guy that had played well in this scheme, which should bode well for the Eagles in 2019.

Nick Foles: ‘I will always love Philadelphia’

Former Eagles QB Nick Foles will always hold a special place in the hearts of the fans of Philadelphia. Foles did something that had never been done by an Eagles’ quarterback, and that is a win a Super Bowl, which he did back in the 2017 season.

That was then; this is now. Foles has moved on from Philadelphia after signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jaguars back in March, and while you can take Foles out of Philly, you can’t take the Philly out of Foles.

When asked what it meant for him to get the Eagles their first Super Bowl victory, Foles had this to say.

“It’s super emotional to be a part of that city,” Foles said on Thursday at Jaguars training camp. “Everyone knows how I feel about Philadelphia. I love Philadelphia. I will always love Philadelphia, I will always admire the Eagles organization, and they know that.

“I still have a lot of those people that always text me, they reported to camp, they were texting me, and that’s great. But what’s so exciting is there’s not many players that are blessed to play with an organization like that, that have never won one, and then they’re blessed to go to another organization that has always strived for that.”

There was a lot of heartbreak for the Eagles before that Super Bowl victory, but after winning a title, life is good for Eagles fans, and it’s all because of the greatness of Nick Foles in Super Bowl 52.

Avant on Foles, Wentz: ‘I think both of them are pretty equal’

In February, the Philadelphia Eagles decided not to use the franchise tag on QB Nick Foles, which made him an unrestricted free agent. Foles would eventually sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was at that time the Eagles decided that Carson Wentz was their quarterback, and in June, the Eagles decided to commit to Wentz when they signed him to a four-year, $128 million extension.

Now, the 26-year-old Wentz will lead the Eagles for years to come, and the 30-year-old Foles will do the same in Jacksonville. However, did the Eagles make the right choice?

According to former Eagles WR Jason Avant, Philadelphia made the right decision

“I think they made the right move,” Avant recently told Paul Gant. “See, it’s nothing that has to do with play. We know that Foles can play; we know that Wentz can play. As an organization, you have to go with shelf life, and as an organization, Carson Wentz is much younger, so you choose the younger player. That’s how it is in any business. Most of the time if you’re equal or close to equal, they are going to choose the younger, cheaper option.

“I think both of them are pretty equal, so I don’t think you can wrong with that. I think it came down to youth.”

According to NFL.COM, here is how the two compare since 2017(including playoffs)

Wentz: 64.7 completion percentage, 265.4 ypg, 54:14 TD-to-INT, 102.0 passer rating, 16-8 W-L record.

Foles: 67.9 completion percentage, 257.4 ypg, 20:9 TD-to-INT, 95.4 passer rating, 10-2 W-L record.

The numbers are close. Foles had a lot of success when he got in the field for the Eagles. But in 2017, when Foles led the Eagles to victory in Super Bowl 52, Wentz was the guy that put the Eagles in position to get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and it was Wentz who was having the MVP caliber season before tearing his ACL.

The eyes tell you Wentz, but based on what Foles has done these past two seasons, I can see why some would rather keep Foles over Wentz, especially after what we saw last season when the Eagles seemed to have different energy when Foles was in the game.

However, these two guys are not equal. Wentz is better, and more importantly, he’s younger. Foles did his job by stepping in and leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory in 2017 and leading the Eagles to the playoffs in 2018, but at their best, Wentz is the better quarterback.

Listen below as Avant talks Wentz, Foles:

Eagles’ Pederson: ‘I’ve seen that excitement and that chip, so to speak, on the guys’ shoulder’

For a good portion of the 2018 season, the Philadelphia Eagles had some struggles as they tried to defend their Super Bowl title, and after ten games, the Eagles were 4-6, and at that point, the playoffs seemed like a long shot.

However, Philly was able to win five of their final six games of the season, and with a little help from the Bears(beat Vikings in Week 17), the Eagles were able to make the playoffs. Philly would beat Chicago in the Wild Card Round but would lose heartbreakingly to the Saints in the Divisional Round.

On Wednesday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson discussed last season and how that might help the team this season.

“I kind of mentioned I think the other day that these guys were disappointed in how our season ended,” Pederson said. “They felt like we were really kind of catching our stride again late in the year. Disappointed on how we finished our season so close to potentially moving on and being in the NFC championship game.

“It was unfortunate we lost that game. I think it resonates with players, and that was my message at the end of the season when we sat here in January was: We have to remember these moments, remember these times because that’s what’s going to make us stronger in the future.

“I’ve seen that excitement and that chip, so to speak, on the guys’ shoulders, and they’re working hard. They’re all building towards the regular season.

“Now, it’s a long season; we understand that. One-game-at-a-time mentality. But there is a little different vibe with the guys this off-season that’s been very positive.”

It’s hard to repeat in the NFL, and it did seem at times that Philly had a little hangover, but the way things ended last season, might propel the Eagles to greater heights moving forward. The talent seems to be there, and on paper, this team looks like it can make some noise 2019, but as we all know, you don’t win games on paper.

Jags’ Marqise Lee: ‘Nick Foles is a great quarterback’

The quarterback position has been a problem area for the Jaguars for the last few years, and though their former QB Blake Bortles was able to lead the Jaguars to the AFC title game in 2017, everybody knew that Jacksonville needed more from their offense.

In 2018, the lack of production from the offense was glaring, especially at the quarterback position. Bortles is out, and enter Nick Foles, who won a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles two years ago.

One guy who is excited about Foles being in Jacksonville is WR Marqise Lee, who purchased a Jugs machine to better prepare for the 2019 season.

“I’ve been paying attention a lot. Nick Foles is a great quarterback,” Lee said about Foles on Tuesday. “I don’t think I have to get in too much rhythm honestly. I have been on the jugs machine most of the time. I have bought one in every house that I have, no lie. As far as putting the ball in the vicinity – which I know he can do – I’ll be fine…

“Nelson Agholor(Eagles WR) has been with Nick Foles, so I got the opportunity to always talk to him about it. [Agholor] always speaks highly of him, so I already knew coming in that we wouldn’t have a problem. On top of that, when he did come in, just the mindset that he has as a vet, just how much he pushes to stay on top of everything, it was just a lot different.”

Lee is coming off a torn ACL in 2018, but he expects to be good to go in 2019.

“Rehab is great. I am doing very well,” Lee said. “I am on schedule, a little bit ahead. But I’m surely taking my time. I have no worries.”

If Foles plays like the guy we saw in the latter part of the 2017 season, Jacksonville should be excited. He played like an elite level QB during the playoffs that season, and if he can be that guy, and the defense can return to that 2017 form, Jacksonville should rebound nicely in 2019.