Jaguars quarterback won’t face his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night in the second week of the preseason.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles may not play in the game Thursday night against his former team the Philadelphia Eagles, but that does not mean he won’t be excited to see some of his old teammates across the field from him.
This was the game fans here in Jacksonville had been looking forward to. Seeing Foles in action against his former team, even if it were for a half of football. But as we all know, that won’t happen as head coach Doug Marrone has once again opted to play it safe and keep his starters free of injuries.
Personally, I like the move given he told the media those starters are getting extra reps in practice.
"“There’s a method behind the madness, so we trust that,” Foles said Monday after practice."
The leader of the offense continues to work on the new offensive game plan with his teammates and will wait at least one more week before putting it in motion on the field in Miami against the Dolphins.
The last thing these Jaguars need is for their quarterback to go down before the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. But there will come a time next week, where the kid gloves with come off and Marrone will let most of his starters on the field for live-action.
Foles will continue to travel the path he has taken since signing the four-year $88-million deal with the team this offseason.
"“Every day we come out here and we’re going to do what coach says,” Foles said. “You’ve all seen practice; we’re competing every single play. We’re pushing through, we’re grinding through, we’re playing at game speed, we’re talking through it and we’re working to get better. So, we’re getting those game reps out here."
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"“Obviously, it’s not in a stadium, it’s not under the lights and that is a different animal in itself, but we’re getting a lot of work and when we do take the field, when coach decides that, we’ll be ready to roll. There’s always some butterflies when you get back out there and play, doesn’t matter what game you’re playing in, but I know our guys are working hard right now.”"
There are still spots to be won on this roster. The coaching staff is still evaluating talent and moving chess pieces to see how they fit. Foles is secure in his place with the team, but others are still being given a long, hard look.
Marrone said on Saturday determining who will play on Thursday and who will rest depends on practice and how comfortable he and the coaches are in knowing a player has shown enough to warrant the rest from reps. For that reason, seeing who is on the field could also give us some idea as to who is still fighting for a roster spot and who have secured their place on the team.
"“I’m going to leave all of those things up to coach,” said Foles. “All I’m going to do is handle what I can control and that’s coming out here and competing with my teammates, working hard, studying the film, working in meetings and walkthroughs and whatever he decides I’ll go with.”"