By Joseph Santoliquito
Philadelphia, PA (CBS) — The media gathered in a semicircle before a collage of portraits displaying past Eagles’ successes in the main hallway of the NovaCare Complex waiting, and waiting, and waiting patiently for the arrival of Eagles’ rookie quarterback Nick Foles.
Will Foles create more success portraits? Who knows? What is known is that Foles is the flavor of the moment, as he counts down the days towards his first NFL start visiting the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Foles replaced Michael Vick in the second quarter of the Sunday’s 38-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Foles even had the Eagles up in the third quarter, 17-10, before a host of past Eagles’ foibles crept back and haunted them again.
Foles finished completing 22 for 32 for 219 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.
“He’s around all of the time and he’s getting himself right, and used to the workload,” Reid said about Foles. “He came in here [Tuesday, an off-day in the NFL] and he’s going to handle it like he’s going. He just needs to be himself and run the offense. He’s fairly confident with what we’re doing.
“Offenses in college now are geared to throwing, and they’ve seen the blitzes, and throwing the football, in long-yardage situations, short-yardage situations, and even though it’s a little different offense, the young guys coming out today can see things today. That part has helped Nick, I definitely think that.”
Reid feels that Foles’ college development at Arizona has enhanced his confidence level.
“I think he’ll be excited and positive, I think he’s wired that way to ease things us on him,” Reid said. “I’m telling the guys to just go out and play, go play, one play at a time and enjoy the game. I think enough of the guys enjoy the game. I think we have a good group. I’ve said that from the beginning.”
Injury update. Reid reported that WR Jason Avant (hamstring) and RB Chris Polk (toe) were out, along with WR Mardy Gilyard (hamstring), QB Michael Vick (concussion). But S Kurt Coleman (back), LB Akeem Jordan (thumb), LB Mychal Kendricks (foot), WR Jeremy Maclin (back) and G Danny Watkins (ankle) did fully participate.
“Michael is going through all of the protocol to get himself evaluated with a concussion and right now he’s at the stage where he needs rest, which is what he’s doing,” Reid said about Vick. “His headaches have subsides a bit. The main thing right now is just rest. Right now, he’s going through the rest part of it. We’re going through the protocol that we normally do. The headaches have subsided.”
Against the Cowboys on Sunday, Vick finished completing 6-of-9 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown on the Eagles’ opening drive.