The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback competition ended when they named Michael Vick the starter. Nick Foles took the news and came out in the third preseason game and played lights out. He completed 10 of 11 passes and led the Eagles to two touchdowns on three drives in a 31-24 come from behind win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The highlight might have been leading the Eagles 99 yards down the field on a 14 play drive resulting in a touchdown.
“My mindset was 99 yards, first play, let’s get off the goal line and get this thing going,” Foles said, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. “The guys in the huddle were great. I thought the front five did a great job, they really gave me some time to throw.”
“That’s what I expect out of Nick,” coach Chip Kelly said after the game. ”I think he’s an outstanding quarterback, and I said that when we made the decision with Mike. I feel like our two quarterbacks are NFL-quality quarterbacks. We expected him to do that. That’s the type of player that he is.”
Michael Vick however can make plays with his feet, something that Foles isn’t as able to do.
“If you can do that, the quarterback can hurt you with his feet and I think Mike did that,” Kelly said, via Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com. ”That’s an encouraging thing when you have a guy back there that, when they do have good coverage on you, that we can then beat them on our feet, and that’s what he did.”