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    Philadelphia Eagles players push back on report labeling QB Carson Wentz as 'selfish'
    Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY Published 1:08 p.m. ET Jan. 21, 2019

    A collection of Philadelphia Eagles players defended quarterback Carson Wentz in the wake of a report that labeled Wentz as “selfish,” “uncompromising,” and “egotistical.”

    The article, published Monday morning by the Philly Voice, cites “more than half a dozen players, plus other sources close to the team” – all of which were unnamed. The story paints the image of a fractured locker room and calls Wentz’s leadership into question.

    Some of Wentz’s teammates quickly fired back.

    “Reading through this Carson Wentz thing and as a leader on this team none of that is true Carson is a great teammate and great player we are all behind him 100% he’s our guy and will come back and prove the world wrong,” all-pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox posted on his verified Twitter account. “If you got a problem feel free to @ me I’ll respond”

    Tight end Zach Ertz, one of Wentz’s closest friends, also chimed in.

    “Don’t believe everything you read!!!” Ertz wrote on Twitter. “Carson has been nothing but a GREAT person, GREAT teammate and GREAT leader since Day 1. Our locker room stands behind him all the way. We can’t wait to get back to work and be the best team we can be in 2019! #FlyEaglesFly”

    Right tackle Lane Johnson also wrote on Twitter: “Whoever wrote that article needs to check their "sources". #fakenews

    Carson has been and is our leader and our QB. Y'all know where to find me if you have any issues.#flyeaglesfly”

    Wentz has been productive over the past two seasons, throwing for 54 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. In each year, however, an injury late in the season has forced him to miss time and put backup quarterback Nick Foles in control of the offense as the team embarked on runs to the postseason.

    Behind Foles, the Eagles won their first Super Bowl title last year by beating the New England Patriots. Philadelphia reached the divisional round this season after beating the Chicago Bears in a wild-card matchup, but the defending champions then fell to the New Orleans Saints.

    But the franchise has some decisions to make with Foles’ future. Coach Doug Pederson and general manager Howie Roseman said in a news conference last week that Wentz will continue to be the team’s starter into next season, but the two also said they would like to have Foles back.

    Foles, 30, has a mutual option in his contract that the Eagles must first exercise for the 2019 season. If they do, then Foles will get the chance to accept or decline the option, worth $20 million for next season. If he voids the option, he has to pay back $2 million

    Wentz, meanwhile, is set to enter the final season of his fully guaranteed, four-year rookie contract, though the Eagles can exercise a fifth-year option for the 2020 season.

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    To get Foles from Eagles, it will take a better deal than what they got for Bradford
    by Nick
    Chris Mortensen
    Eagles have fielded - not solicited - more than one inquiry and offer for Nick Foles. Eagles' basic answer is it's going to take more than the 1st and 4th round picks they got from Vikings for Sam Bradford. Foles is Super Bowl MVP and best insurance policy in NFL.

    1:29 PM - 5 Mar 2018
    -03-05-2018, 10:44 AM
  • Nick
    Rams will release QB Nick Foles
    by Nick

    From Rotoworld...

    Rams released QB Nick Foles.
    It's been a move long in the making. After trading Sam Bradford and swapping a few draft picks with the Eagles to acquire Foles last offseason, the Rams then handed Foles a two-year, $24.5 million extension only to see him start 11 games and get benched for Case Keenum. Foles posted a horrific 69.0 passer rating with a 7:10 TD:INT ratio and career-worst 6.1 YPA. Expect him to land on his feet quickly as a backup on a much cheaper contract. The Jets could have interest.
    -07-27-2016, 01:14 PM
  • AvengerRam_old
    What, if anything, would you offer for Nick Foles?
    by AvengerRam_old
    There are rumors that the Eagles would love to be able to draft Marcus Mariota. To do so, they would have to put together a package of draft picks that would entice a team at the top of the draft (Tennessee being a likely candidate).

    What if... the Eagles, looking to acquire more picks, offered Nick Foles to the Rams?

    (Note: Foles is signed through next year and becomes a FA in 2016)

    What would you offer?

    The No. 10 pick for Foles? I would think the Eagles would do that in a heartbeat, as a package of their pick (#20) and the Rams' pick (#10), plus some future draft picks (perhaps their 2016 first round pick), would likely be sufficient to move up to get Mariota. For the Rams, its a tough call. Looking at Foles' performance in 2014, I'd say its clear that he's not clinched the title "franchise QB." That said, the other options for the Rams at QB are not that enticing.

    What if the Eagles were willing to take something less? Like the Rams' 2nd round pick, and maybe a future draft pick based upon Foles' playing time (i.e. a 2016 second round pick if he starts at least 14 games in 2015). Would you do that?

    Of course, one possible answer is "I don't want Foles."

    My thought is, Foles is a question mark but, given the limited options, he'd be worth considering. In my estimation, the #10 pick is too high a price, notwithstanding the limited options. But, if the Rams could get him for less, or get something other than Foles in return (i.e. the #10 pick for Foles and the Eagles' 2nd round pick), I'd consider it.

    -01-20-2015, 03:37 PM
  • r8rh8rmike
    Nick Foles' Transition To Rams' Offense An Important Piece Of OTA's
    by r8rh8rmike
    Nick Foles' transition to Rams' offense an important piece of OTAs

    Nick Wagoner, ESPN Staff Writer

    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- At the news conference introducing new St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles back in March, coach Jeff Fisher lamented the fact that he couldn't simply get Foles in the building and up to speed on the team's offense right away.

    Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, there are rules on when players can be in their training facilities, who they can meet with and what they can do when they're there. For his part, Foles was eager to get started after the Philadelphia Eagles traded him and a 2016 second-round pick to the Rams for Sam Bradford. But he had to wait.

    Now that waiting is over and as the Rams began organized team activities on Tuesday, Foles can set about getting to know an offense that figures to be quite different from the one he ran under Chip Kelly with the Eagles.

    In Kelly's wide-open, spread based system, Foles was asked to do a lot of things that he probably won't in St. Louis. Despite not qualifying as a running quarterback, the Eagles still asked Foles to run read-option out of the shotgun the majority of the time. Over the past two seasons, Foles lined up in the shotgun on 645 drop-backs and was under center for just 42 snaps in 21 games. As a team, the Eagles had their quarterbacks drop back out of shotgun formation 1,188 times, the most in the league and clear of second-place San Diego by 38 snaps.

    By comparison, the Rams have had 756 drop backs out of the shotgun over the past two seasons, which is second-fewest in the league. So not only will Foles be adjusting to a new power run-heavy scheme, he will even be adjusting to taking snaps under center on a regular basis.

    One thing that won't be new for Foles in St. Louis is throwing play-action passes, long ones.

    The Rams didn't use play-action as much as they'd like last season, opting for such calls on 97 dropbacks for the season (tied with the Jets and Falcons for 22nd in the NFL). But that easily could be a product of not having an offensive line capable of protecting the quarterback or a running game operating at a high level on a consistent basis.

    Fisher has repeatedly said he'd like his offense to be centered on the run with a successful run game setting up play-action opportunities down the field.

    On play-action, Rams quarterbacks were 63-of-90 for 732 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions for a passer rating of 108.7, which ranked seventh best in the league on such plays in 2014. Given that success, it's something they would like to do more of in 2015.

    That could be a good fit for Foles, who in two seasons as the starter in Philadelphia averaged 9.1 yards per attempt with 21 touchdowns and three interceptions on play-action passes.

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  • Nick
    Chip Kelly: 49ers not interested in adding Nick Foles
    by Nick
    Chip Kelly: 49ers not interested in adding Nick Foles
    August 1, 2016, 9:30 am

    SANTA CLARA – Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles posted a record of 14-4 with Nick Foles as quarterback during the 2013 and ’14 seasons.

    But Kelly pulled the trigger last year on a trade that sent Foles to the Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford.

    With Foles available on the open market after the Rams released him this week, it is no surprise Kelly and the 49ers have decided to stick with Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick.

    “I’m a big fan of Nick, but right now our eggs are in Kap and Blaine’s basket, and we’re going to see what those guys can do,” Kelly said Monday morning during his weekly show on KNBR’s "Murph and Mac Show."

    “And (we’re) very confident in those guys and it has really nothing to do with Nick, but it has to do a lot with both Blaine and Kap, in terms of where they are and giving them an ample shot at being the quarterback. I think if you have three guys in the mix, it gets really diluted and now you’re not going to get enough reps for anybody to make a determination of who the quarterback is going to be.”

    Foles threw 27 touchdowns and two interceptions while posting a 119.2 rating for Eagles in Kelly’s first season. His production fell off in 2014, as he appeared in just eight games due to a fractured collarbone in his non-throwing shoulder.

    Kaepernick and Gabbert are scheduled to split the practice snaps equally with the first-team offense before Kelly makes a decision which quarterback will start the regular-season opener Sept. 12 against the Los Angeles Rams. Quarterbacks Thad Lewis and rookie Jeff Driskel are competing for a 49ers roster spot.
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