In the Eagles third preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Nick Foles looked a lot more like the Pro-Bowl quarterback he was last year than the third-year man that struggled in the Eagles’ first preseason game. Two straight solid performances from Foles, has to excite you with the season approaching. Here are some of the game notes I took on Foles, in between two injury scares.
- In the first series, Foles really seemed to be on the same page with Riley Cooper. He completed his first pass to Cooper and made a nice pass to him on third and 15 that was broken up by Ike Taylor.
- Jordan Matthews seems to only be getting short, underneath passes. That isn’t a bad thing, but preseason has certainly tempered my expectations for his production this year.
- It took until the second drive, but seeing Jeremy Maclin make a catch on a slant route and a nice pass from Foles was a great feeling. Seeing him get hit an pop back up, was even better. His injury scare later in the night is alarming, but we’ll worry about that some other time.
- Foles’ touch passes to the sidelines weren’t on target tonight.
- The fake to Darren Sproles and turn to screen pass to LeSean McCoy, which ultimately produced a touchdown, was perfectly executed all the way around. Foles sold the fake, Sproles garners enough respect to be a very good decoy, and Shady rode great blocks from Todd Herremans and Jason Kelce all the way to the endzone. Those type of plays could make Eagles fans forget about DeSean Jackson pretty quickly.
- Shady left the game after scoring, with a thumb injury. This comes within a week of him having turf toe. If Shady is out for any period of time this year, Foles’ performance will obviously take a dip. #analysis
- The drive which Sproles scored on was the best of the preseason. Jeremy Maclin was everywhere, and seemed to be the explosive player that he was prior to getting hurt.
- With the exception of the two injuries, Foles seemed really in sync with everyone tonight, which excites me for what the Eagles can do in a real game. Especially one where they will be playing the Jags.
- The next time I evaluate ‘Nicky Franchise’, will be after the week one game against Jacksonville. Hopefully that is a pretty painless start to the year.