When he met with the media Wednesday, coach Doug Pederson said Wentz would miss the Eagles' first practice of the week with back soreness and tightness and wouldn't commit to the franchise signal-caller being ready to go for the weekend. More doubt surrounding Wentz's status emerged shortly after Pederson's comments to the press when Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Wentz would likely sit out Sunday and could miss the Eagles' final two regular-season contests as well. The Eagles have yet to respond to the report and may not make a decision on Wentz's fate until after their final practice of the week Friday, but Foles looms as the next man up should the former require some time off. After memorably leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl title while Wentz was sidelined late last season, Foles was less impressive as the team's starter for the first two games of 2018, completing 65.9 percent of his throws for 5.5 yards per attempt, one touchdown and one interception. If he gets the nod for Week 15, Foles probably wouldn't represent much more than an adequate No. 2 option in two-quarterback leagues.
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 completed 35 of 48 passes for 334 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Eagles' 27-21 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed three times for eight yards and lost a fumble.
Foles averaged a modest 7.0 yards per attempt during the contest, as the Buccaneers defense brought him down for three sacks and hit him on 12 occasions overall. In addition to frequently being under duress, the veteran also played another contest with Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), while Jay Ajayi missed part of the first half with a back injury. Latest reports indicate that Carson Wentz (knee) is expected to be ready for a Week 3 matchup agains the Colts, which would relegate Foles back to the bench.
Foles completed 19 of 34 passes for 117 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Eagles' 18-12 win over the Falcons on Thursday. He also logged a 15-yard reception, lost a yard on his sole rush and fumbled once but recovered.
Foles' final line was an accurate summation of his sluggish night, one in which he averaged a paltry 3.4 yards per attempt and counted an 18-yard connection to Zach Ertz as his longest completion. Foles often looked out of sorts when throwing to anyone but Ertz and Nelson Agholor, coming up empty on three attempts to current No. 2 receiver Mike Wallace and even misfiring thrice on relatively high-percentage throws to Darren Sproles. Foles' one interception wasn't entirely his fault, however, considering that rookie tight end Dallas Goedert took a vicious hit from Damontae Kazee as he was trying to bring in a pass and coughed the ball up into the waiting hands of Deion Jones. While the mediocre numbers could likely at least partly be chalked up to early-season rustiness, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network's report earlier Thursday that Carson Wentz (knee) could miss several more weeks implies that Foles will need to significantly up his performance to keep Philadelphia afloat over the first few weeks of the campaign.
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. He's 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.
|15||12/16/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||11||11||337||190||56.4||2052||6.09||68||7||10||14/98||27||8||69.0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||3||1||55||36||65.5||410||7.45||49||3||0||4/34||7||1||105.9|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||11||11||17||20||1.2||10||1||0||4|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||3||1||4||-4||-1.0||-1||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||11||11||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||3||1||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||11||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2015||St. Louis Rams||11||5||2||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|