Jaguars place Nick Foles on IR, could return in November

The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed QB Nick Foles on the team’s reserve/injured list, the club announced today. Foles broke his left clavicle on Sunday in the Jaguars’ 40-26 loss to the Chiefs. The eight-year veteran had surgery on Monday.

Foles, 30, is eligible for reserve/injured – designated for return, and if it were applied, Foles could return to practice after six weeks (the week of Oct. 21), and the earliest he could play in a game would be Week 11 at Indianapolis (Sunday, Nov. 17).

On Monday, the Jaguars acquired QB Josh Dobbs from the Steelers for a 2020 fifth-round pick. Pittsburgh originally drafted Dobbs in the fourth round (135th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He did not see action during his rookie season and played in five games in 2018. 

 

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Foles: ‘I knew right when I hit the ground something was wrong’

For Nick Foles and the Jacksonville Jaguars, 2019 did not start the way they expected. Foles, who signed a four-year $88 million contract in the offseason, is out indefinitely after breaking his left clavicle on Sunday, and unfortunately for the Jaguars, they would lose to the Chiefs 40-26.

Foles is expected to have surgery on Monday. The injury happened after Foles’ 35-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark in the first quarter. After the throw, Foles was walloped by Chiefs DT Chris Jones. The 30-year-old Foles injured the same clavicle in 2014 while he was with the Eagles.

After the game, Foles discussed the injury and what’s next for him.

(On the injury) “Yeah it’s not the way you want to start your time here. It’s unfortunate but at the same time I’m going to stay positive and trust the good Lord in this time. Sometimes things don’t happen like we expect them to but we just have to have faith that it’s for a reason. I’m still grateful I get to be a part of this team. I’ll have surgery tomorrow to get this thing rolling and trust the good Lord for healing and be ready to roll when I am.”

(On how this injury compares to injury suffered in 2014) “This one’s worse than 2014. At the same time, I’m optimistic that it will heal quicker. I look forward to getting back out there with the guys and Gardner [Minshew II] did a great job stepping up. That’s not easy being a rookie against a talented team like the Chiefs. He did a really nice job of moving the chains, throwing a couple of touchdowns and being really efficient so I was really proud of him for stepping up. I’m going to be here to help him in any way possible.”

(On what he was told about the healing time span) “We don’t have a time span. We’re going to take it one day at a time. Ultimately just get the surgery done and also praying for [Head Team Physician Kevin] Kaplan to be ready to roll. I’m going to do everything I can to get back as quickly as I can to where I’m ready to roll.”

(On at what point he realized something was wrong) “I knew right when I hit the ground something was wrong. I felt it. The whole play, they did a nice job covering that route and all I remember is seeing DJ [Chark Jr.]. We’ve never thrown that route, that’s the first time I’ve thrown that route to him. It’s usually the underneath route but they did a nice job with their coverage. They mix it up and my gut told me just to release it. That’s why I play with feel and instincts. All I saw was two red jerseys in my face and I remember hitting the ground on the left side and feeling a crack. Then getting up and going to the sidelines to get checked. I just saw the play right before I walked in here and it’s unfortunate but at the same time, I’m trusting the good Lord.”

(On if he felt that Chris Jones’ tackle was excessive) “I don’t know, everything happened so fast. Chris Jones was my teammate in K.C. and I know he’d never want to do that. It was probably just one of those things, it was just unfortunate it happened. I landed on it wrong and it happens in this sport. We’ll keep moving forward. Chris [Jones] is a tremendous player and I gave him a hug after the game because I was excited to see him. He’s a bright, young player.”

(On if he injured the same collarbone in 2014) “Same side. Different place on the collar bone. The one in 2014 didn’t need surgery. It was a hairline fracture so it was a different situation. This was a complete crack.”

Campbell on Jags: ‘This 2019 team could be very special’

There is a new day and a new feeling in Duval County with the Jacksonville Jaguars. They have a new quarterback, who happens to be a Super Bowl-winning QB in Nick Foles; running back Leonard Fournette is healthy and hopes to rebound from a disappointing 2018. Also, there is still a lot of talent on defense, which will be led by Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, and Calais Campbell. Plus, rookie DE/LB Josh Allen has played well in the preseason.

Campbell, who was apart of the 2017 Jaguars that went to the AFC title game, believes this version of the Jaguars could have something special.

“Well, it’s a new year, a new opportunity, but this 2019 could be very special,” Campbell said after the Jaguars’ loss to the Dolphins on Thursday night. “It’s just one game in the preseason. It’s a clean slate, but I do believe that if we play up to our level, if we could play like the level we are capable of playing, we’ll be a very tough team to beat.

“This team could be very, very special. This defense could be very special. I like going three-and-out. That’s kind of like what I want. That should be the standard.”

Last night, Foles made his Jaguars and preseason debut against the Dolphins. Foles finished the game 6-10 for 48 yards and one touchdown and an interception. As a whole, Foles was happy to be out there with his teammates.

“Obviously there’s some good, there’s some bad. I think the big thing it was just good being out there,” Foles said. “It’s always good just stepping in the huddle, playing in games. It was my first time wearing the Jaguars uniform in a game. That is emotional in itself. So it was a good first step forward. We were able to move the ball a little bit, score a touchdown. Obviously, we wanted to score more points. And there’s things that we’ll learn from. But all in all, it was just great being out there with the guys today.”

The Jaguars’ defense should be very good in 2019 and was a top-five defense in 2018. I don’t think there are many questions about that side of the ball. The question will be if whether Foles is truly the guy for this team at the QB position, and anytime you give a player a four-year, $88 million contract, you want some serious results, and the pressure is on Jacksonville to make serious noise in 2019, but if Campbell is right, Jacksonville could be one of the teams to beat this season.

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.

 

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.

Foles on Jaguars: ‘I’m really excited about being here and very fortunate to be here’

The last time Jaguars QB Nick Foles came into training camp as a starting quarterback, was in 2015 with the St Louis Rams, which turned out to be the worst season of his career. In 11 games, Foles threw only seven touchdowns and was picked off 10 times. Foles was ultimately benched that season and contemplated retirement.

Fast forward to 2019, Foles is a Super Bowl champion and signed a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jaguars this offseason. He is also the guy that Jacksonville believes could take them back to the playoffs and beyond.

The opportunity to lead the Jaguars is something that excites the 30-year-old Foles.

“I think whenever you get to run an offense that you really enjoy, and that you get to have a lot of say in, what quarterback wouldn’t love that? But it’s really just about the people that you get to do it with, and this team has really been bonding every single day,” Foles said on Monday as the Jaguars and Ravens hold a joint practice in Baltimore. “We’re getting closer and closer, and anytime you can go away from your city on a trip, and you’re practicing, you’re playing a preseason game, it just brings you closer together.”

Foles has won a Super Bowl and knows the importance of helping his teammates be the best they can.

“I think the big thing is I just need to be myself. Just be genuine,” Foles said. “I talk about it all the time; it’s just being genuine and helping these guys along. My philosophy is always in the quarterback room I want to help those guys develop as younger players, I want to help all of the different position groups just step on that field and feel confident because we’re a unit. And just teaching those lessons about, ‘Hey, this is the only play that matters, this play call. We’re playing for one another; you’re playing for the guy next to you.’

“The little things that I’ve learned from playing with so many talented players and coaches throughout my career I try to bring to the practice field every single day, and try to help my teammates, and like I said before, I’m really excited about being here and very fortunate to be here.”

Foles won over the locker room during his time in Philadelphia and is hoping to do the same in Jacksonville. However, he can’t win anything over if he is not playing well and the team is not winning, which many think the Jaguars can do in 2019, especially if Foles does his job.

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:

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.

Foles on wife: ‘She’s a big reason why I continue to play the game of football after St. Louis’

It has been a great two years for Jaguars QB Nick Foles. In 2017, he replaced an injured Carson Wentz and led the Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl 52, and last season, he came off the bench again to lead the Eagles to the playoffs, before losing to the Saints in the Divisional Round. In the offseason, Foles signed a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jaguars.

Before the big contract with the Jaguars, and the success in Philly, Foles almost gave up the game of football after struggling mightily in St. Louis back in 2015. However, he credits his wife for helping him regain his love for football.

Recently, Foles and his wife had an unfortunate tragedy. Foles’ wife, Tori, recently suffered a miscarriage at 15 weeks, which caused Foles to miss a portion of Jacksonville’s OTAs.

On Thursday, Foles returned to the team, and on Friday, he addressed his wife’s miscarriage, and the role she plays in his life.

(On how he’s doing)

Foles: “I’m doing good. As you all know, my wife and I went through a lot this past week after the loss of our … she was 15 weeks pregnant, and we lost our baby boy. A lot of people have reached out. I’m grateful for that. All of the prayers and support from everyone. I know there’s a lot of people that go through this. It’s difficult. It’s really difficult. It will always be emotional. Ultimately, we trust the Lord in this process. We get home to our beautiful baby girl. We hug her even tighter. There will be a process of going through, Tori is going through a lot right now. I’m here. The team has been awesome, but when I’m done here, I’ll get home to them. That way, we can continue to heal with one another, but we continue to keep our faith and have that joy inside of us. We’re doing good and progressing.”

(On why he came back)

Foles: “Ultimately, it was my wife, talking to her, she knows I’m going to get home. She knows how important family is to me, but she also wanted me to be here with the team. After this, I’ll shower up, grab some water because it’s starting to get humid and run home, and I’ll be with my family. It’s really up to her, and she wanted me to come here and be with the team for a little bit. We have a lot of support. Her mom was in town. My mom is coming in town, helping out because there’s a healing process that she’s going through. That’s my wife.”

(On if he wanted to return to display his leadership qualities)

Foles: “I’d say the big thing is if my wife needed me at home right now, I’d be at home. That’s just me being honest. She’s the one that said, ‘go. The team needs you right now.’ She knows I’m coming home right away, so that’s her. It’s really as simple as that. If she says, ‘I need you to stay home,’ I’d call the team right now and say ‘I need to be home.’ The great thing is that the team said as long as I need, whatever I need, they understand. They’ve been wonderful. At the same time, my wife wants me to be here because we’re building something right here. I love being with the guys here. Like I said, everyone has been wonderful. Everyone has been supportive. All my family in Philly has been supportive because that’s my family too in Philly. We’ve had a lot of messages there. Once again, we’re grateful for everything.”

(On his wife, Tori)

Foles: “She’s way stronger than I’ll ever be. She’s gone through so much and people don’t realize it. Since 2013, she was an athlete in college working at Nike out of school and one day, her life changed. She was diagnosed with dysautonomia and she was bed-ridden, hospitals. She battles that every single day. We’ve gone through so much this past couple of years. We’re going through this now but she’s so strong. She’s unbelievable. The other day, she had something on her heart, the spirit had given to her to say.  She wanted to know if I wanted her to wait until I had a press conference. I said no, if that’s what you feel is on your heart, you say it, and that’s why she posted what she did. She’s an amazing writer. The way she writes is unbelievable. She’s always from the heart and she’s going to be joyful. It’s never going to be ‘poor me’ or anything because she’s never that way. She goes through something every day with a chronic illness and she’s never going to do that. She’s tough, fights through everything. Right now, she’s continuing to do what she can. She probably moves around too much right now, and I know she’s going through so many emotions. That’s something we get to go through in our relationship, and our marriage allows us to grow closer and closer together. If you talk to her older brothers, she’s a rock.”

(On if she inspires him)

Foles: “Oh yeah. She’s a big reason why I continue to play the game of football after St. Louis. She never stopped believing in me. She knew I was facing so much fear, so much struggle deep inside my heart. That’s why I wore No. 4 that season because she was No. 4. I wanted to wear her number to honor her. It’s really a blessing that the Lord brought us together, and we get to go through life together because life’s not always easy. You’re going to go through struggles, but that’s why we continue to have our faith in Jesus and continue to talk openly, to talk about the hard things. It just brings us closer and closer together. Our faith continues to increase.”