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.
12/12/12 - QB Nick Foles has thrown 142 straight passes without an interception.
12/10/12 - QB Nick Foles hasn't thrown an interception in 142 pass attempts.
12/05/12 - QB Nick Foles will have the rest of the season to convince the Eagles that he can be their quarterback of the future.
While head coach Andy Reid and his staff almost certainly will be fired after the team's final game against the New York Giants on December 30, general manager Howie Roseman, who along with Reid, selected Foles in the third round of the draft last April, is going to be sticking around. And anything he puts on tape is going to be watched closely by Reid's replacement.
"I honestly just feel the same way," said Foles, who was informed by Reid this week that he will remain the starter even after Michael Vick recovers from his concussion and is cleared to play. Vick, who has missed the last three games, didn't practice Wednesday, but took his baseline test again and could be green-lighted to practice as early as Thursday.
"I'm going to keep preparing the way that I've been preparing," Foles said. "Like I've said before, always prepare like you are the starter. I get to play another game with the guys. I can't wait to go out there and play."
Foles, who has started the last three games, had his best performance of the season Sunday night in a 38-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, completing 22 of 34 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown.
He completed 5 of 8 passes for 89 yards on third down, and completed 8 of the 12 passes he threw under pressure. Foles hasn't thrown an interception in his last 91 attempts.
"He played well the other night," Reid said. "He's a smart kid. He works hard. He spends a lot of time in his job. He's done well up to this point. But you've got to keep going.
"As teams have an opportunity to study you and your strengths and weaknesses, and present you with different looks according to what they see, you may be able to answer that. Again, it's a matter of just getting reps under his belt."
Reid stressed that the decision to start Foles for the remainder of the season was his and his alone, and wasn't influen
12/03/12 - QB Nick Foles has started three games and hasn't thrown an interception in any of them. He completed 24 of 32 passes Sunday night.
12/03/12 - QB Nick Foles was named the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.