Where does Jaguars Nick Foles ranks among NFL quarterbacks?
By David Levin
Where does Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles stand in FanSided’s most recent ranking of NFL quarterbacks?
The Jacksonville Jaguars are counting on a big season from newly acquired quarterback Nick Foles. Four-years and $88 million with over $50 million in guaranteed money are enough to show how serious the team is about moving on from the past and putting the Blake Bortles experiment to bed.
After five years of a failed experiment – sans one season of above average play and a trip to the AFC Title game, let’s just say it would appear the organization is more than happy to see what Foles, a Super Bowl MVP, can do with this offense.
Let’s just hope for good health and a solid supporting cast.
Even with a championship ring to his credit and a place in Philadelphia football lore, the jury is still out on how good Foles is or how good he will be in Jacksonville, a city known for poor quarterback play. Enter Bortles, Chad Henne, Blaine Gabbert, and Byron Leftwich.
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Foles is certainly an upgrade, but according to William Schneiderhan, there is still work to be done. The FanSided writer places Foles 21st amongst NFL starting quarterbacks.
"“Bortles couldn’t make the throws and he turned the ball over far too much. So, out he went and in comes Nick Foles,” Schneiderhan wrote.“Foles has been riding the hot streak of a lifetime, and now he will be asked to lead the Jaguars back to contention. Doug Marrone and David Caldwell are taking a gamble here, but Foles has proven he is more than just a flash in the pan.”"
In this case, Foles could hold the futures of his head coach and general manager in his arm. From what we have seen so far in camp, the accuracy is certainly better than the signal callers mentioned above. Practice is just that. Gabbert looked like a world beater when he wasn’t playing in live action. The reality is Foles must prove his worth over 16 games and with a roster that is not as talented on offense like the one he had to work with as an Eagles quarterback.
"“The Jaguars are buying high here. Foles is coming of a season where he completed over 72 percent of his throws, threw for 1,413 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions,” Schneiderhan adds. “In the playoffs, he wasn’t nearly as good, completing over 60 percent of his throws and tossing more interceptions than touchdowns."
Based on the rankings, Foles comes in as the third quarterback in the AFC South. He is ahead of Marcus Mariota of Tennessee – 22nd. Deshaun Watson of Houston is ranked 10th and Andrew Luck is ranked 2nd.