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Can we just take a minute to appreciate the Nick Foles Story…

RIP Nick Foles 2017-2019

If you don’t know who Nick Foles is, he is currently the backup quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, a team in the NFC East. Nick Foles has had a rough career to say nonetheless. He was drafted by the Eagles in 2012, went to the St. Louis Rams in 2015, the year after went to Chiefs, and ended back in Philadelphia in 2017. Throughout his career he’s been a less than mediocre quarterback. Although, he has been an exceptional backup quarterback for the Eagles within the last year.

Last year he won the Super Bowl for the Eagles, while Carson Wentz, the starting quarterback for the Eagles, was out. He won Super Bowl MVP while throwing for 373 yards, having 4 total touchdowns, and 1 interception, beating the New England Patriots 41-33. He was a hero for the Eagles.

The next season Carson Wentz started and lead them to a 6-7 start, making them a below average team. He then went out with a back injury. Duh duh duuuuuh!

Foles then came in and won 3 straight games for the Eagles giving them a playoff berth. He lead them past the Bears in the Wild Card Round but lost in the Divisional Round to Saints (Thanks Alshon Jeffery). Ending his win streak as a starting quarterback.

Butterfinger Alshon

So before I move on about Nick Foles and what his future holds, we gotta blame the man who destroyed the Nick Foles Story, Alshon Jeffery.

Alshon Jeffery is the #1 wide receiver for the Eagles and has been since 2017. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2012, and played there until 2016. In 2017, he became a free agent and was signed by Philadelphia.

On the contrary to Nick Foles, Jeffery has been an above average receiver his whole career, never elite, but never bad. His years in Chicago were somewhat important since they built his status and ability to be a great receiver at times. In the Super Bowl he recorded 3 catches with 73 yards and 1 touchdown. A good statline.

So you might be thinking how did he ruin the Nick Foles Story. Well….he literally missed one catch in last week’s Divisional game that caused the Saints to seal the win. ONE CATCH!

The score is 14-20, Saints are up 6 points. Two minutes left on the clock with the Eagles on the Saints’ 33 yard line. 2nd and 10. Nick Foles hikes the ball, drops a few yards back. He sees a wide open Alshon Jeffery on a slant route from the outside left. As Jeffery is running towards the middle of the field, Foles throws a relatively high ball, but high enough for Alshon Jeffery, a 6’3 wide receiver to catch. As Jeffery jumps up for the ball, a perfect angle for him to catch the ball, he doesn’t close his hands fast enough, therefore causing the ball to go right through his hands, and into the Saints cornerback hands, Marshon Lattimore. An interception.

Now wide receivers drop catches all the time, it happens. Either they didn’t project the calculation of where the ball was going or their quarterback threw a bad pass that they couldn’t handle.

BUT THIS THROW WAS DOABLE. He should’ve caught it, especially in a playoff game, where if you lose you’re out. This catch doesn’t define who Alshon is, but it does define what could’ve been.

A NFC Championship appearance and potentially a game to compete for the Lombardi trophy. Imagine being named Super Bowl champs back to back. But now they are back to square one.

Where To Now St. Nick

So now the controversy starts. Who do you start and what do you do? Do the Eagles start Carson Wentz and keep Nick Foles? Do you start Nick Foles and keep on deciding what to do with Carson? Do you trade Carson Wentz? What do you do?

After the way Nick Foles has been playing, he definitely wants a bigger contract. A Super Bowl, a Super Bowl MVP, and being a Pro Bowler makes him a more than decent looking quarterback. Many speculate that he will be bought out of his contract with the Eagles and will become a free agent. If that does end up happening (to which I think it will), there are a number of possible teams that could end up landing Foles.

The teams that really need Foles are the Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, and finally my favorite, the New York Giants.

With looking at these teams cap salary and players that could make them playoff contenders, I believe that the New York Giants or the Jacksonville Jaguars could be the one to land Nick Foles. Both have the cap space and they are good enough to where if they add him, they could make the playoffs.

As I hope this story continues for Foles, I believe the Eagles will be back in the playoffs next year. With their head coach in Doug Peterson and the talented players they have, don’t be surprised if the Eagles do fly once again!

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