Foles will return to a backup role after head coach Doug Pederson announced Monday that quarterback Carson Wentz (knee) has received full medical clearance and will reassume the starting job. Foles was always considered a placeholder anyway while Wentz worked his way back from a torn ACL he sustained last December. The Super Bowl LII MVP completed roughly 66 percent of his passes in his two starts and was the serviceable option Philadelphia knew he would be, but Foles no longer has any fantasy appeal unless Wentz suffers some kind of setback down the road.
Foles is slated to draw the start at QB for the Eagles in Thursday's season opener against the Falcons. The Eagles are wisely proceeding deliberately with Carson Wentz (knee), so Foles will draw at least one start for the team out of the gate. Foles is a serviceable Week 1 fantasy lineup plug-in, but note that he'll be working without top wideout Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), who is expected to miss the first two weeks of the season.
The Eagles plan to start Foles in Thursday's season opener against Atlanta, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Carson Wentz (knee) seems to be on the right track for a return early in the season, but Philadelphia understandably wants to be cautious with its franchise quarterback. Foles likely will be working without the assistance of WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), who is expected to miss the first two weeks of the season.
Foles completed 13 of 17 passes for 127 yards and two interceptions during Thursday's 5-0 loss to the Browns. He also lost a fumble during the contest. Foles tripped over himself for a safety, fumbled, floated an easy pick into double coverage, and then threw a second interception in the red zone. Foles will forever be a Philly legend, but he's turned the ball over four times in just over three quarters of action this preseason and has yet to lead the Eagles on a scoring drive. Franchise QB Carson Wentz (knee) has resumed 11-on-11 work, but it still has yet to be decided if he'll be cleared to play in Week 1.
Foles likely will play the entire first half of Thursday's preseason game in Cleveland, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports. Foles dealt with muscle spasms around his neck earlier in training camp, then suffered a minor shoulder strain during last week's preseason loss to the Patriots. He returned to practice Sunday without incident, setting him up for extended playing time Thursday in Cleveland. Foles will lead an offense that's missing Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), Nelson Agholor (lower body), Jay Ajayi (lower body) and Corey Clement (lower body), not to mention a slew of depth players. Meanwhile, Carson Wentz (knee) resumed 11-on-11 work Sunday, but he's still not sure if he'll be ready for Week 1 against the Falcons.
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