Eagles eyes trained on Foles
Back-up Nick Foles starts for the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl this Sunday when the NFC Champions take on the New England Patriots at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Taken in the third round by the Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Arizona, the year Andrew Luck went first to the Indianapolis Colts, Foles is one of five quarterbacks that year that went on to Pro Bowl status.
Luck, obviously, is one, along with Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins. Three other quarterbacks were taken between Luck first overall and Cousins who was the 102nd pick, the seventh selection of the fourth round.
Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden were selected by the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns respectively in the first round and Brock Osweiler went to the Denver Broncos in the second, a deft illustration that if you miss out on a quarterback it can negatively impact your team for a number of years.
For Foles it has been a peculiar NFL career. A Pro-Bowler in 2013, the now 29-year-old broke his collarbone the following year and ended the season on injured reserve.
That was a precursor to a trade with the then St. Louis Rams that saw the Eagles acquire Sam Bradford.
The drafting of Jared Goff saw Foles leave the now Los Angeles Rams and sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, before rejoining the Eagles as a back-up to Carson Wentz in March of last year.
Even in 2013 Foles was not a prolific quarterback, averaging 222 yards per game, but his claim to fame was just two interceptions thrown all year.
Avoiding being picked off might just be the single most important stat of the Super Bowl for Foles if Philadelphia is to pull the upset.
New England are 2.70 to win Super Bowl LII, with the Eagles 1.50.
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