Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 3/88 - Nick Foles, QB, 6-5, 244, Arizona...With Michael Vick turning 32 in June and in the final guaranteed year of his contract, the Eagles wanted to come out of this draft with a quarterback. They liked both Foles and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson. When Wilson went before their pick, it made the decision easy. - The Sports Xchange
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01/11/13 - QB Nick Foles was very appreciative of the opportunity Andy Reid gave him. Reid, who was fired as the Eagles' head coach last week, selected Foles in the third round of the draft last April. He replaced Michael Vick as the team's starter in November after Vick suffered a concussion. He remained the starter until suffering a broken bone in his throwing hand in Week 16 in his sixth start.
"I have a lot of respect and love for coach Reid," said Foles, who had a 79.1 passer rating as a rookie, but finished fifth in the league in interception percentage (just five interceptions in 265 attempts). "He pushed me to become a better player. He gave me an opportunity. He believed in me."
Foles said the opportunity to play in seven games and start six as a rookie will help him a lot going forward. "Just getting the opportunity to go out and play has been big," he said. "I thought I did some good things, and there are definitely things I need to work on.
"But just being able to get a feel for the game and gain confidence that you can play at this level (is big). I always believed in my mind that I could play at this level. But until you get out there, you never know for sure.
"I feel there is a lot of stuff I can work on. I have film that I can study (in games that) I played in. So that will be great. I just want to have a great offseason and be ready to come back to work."
01/03/13 - QB Nick Foles, who broke a bone in his right hand two weeks ago, is expected to make a complete recovery and be ready to participate in the Eagles' voluntary offseason training in April.
12/27/12 - QB Nick Foles completed 18 of 26 passes in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Redskins with a broken hand. He didn't know that at the time. He had the hand x-rayed at halftime and they didn't find a break, so he continued to play. But an MRI the next day showed a hairline fracture. The rookie third-round pick will sit out Sunday's final game against the Giants.
"It's really disappointing," he said. "Just not being able to go out there and compete with the guys (is disappointing). Sometimes this happens when you play sports. The hand will heal up, and I'll be better than ever when it heals."
Foles started seven games for the Eagles this season as a rookie, which is seven more than anyone expected him to. He acquitted himself well, completing almost 61 percent of his passes, throwing just five interceptions in 265 attempts and finishing with a 79.1 passer rating. It likely was enough to give him an opportunity to compete for the Eagles' starting quarterback job next season. "That's not my decision," Foles said. "What I can do is just keep working. I can look at what I've done, improve on what I've done, and compete. That's what I'm focused on now and I'm not focused on anything else. That's it. That's what my mindset is right now."
12/24/12 - QB Nick Foles suffered a contusion on his throwing hand in the first half. He had it x-rayed and continued to play with it. He is expected to play this week against the Giants.
12/24/12 - QB Nick Foles banged up his throwing hand in the first half Sunday. He had an x-ray at halftime, which showed no broken bone, and played the second half, completing 18 of 26 passes. He is expected to practice Wednesday and play in the Eagles' final game against the Giants on Sunday.