Jaguars QB Nick Foles ranked 19th per NFL.com
In another story based on quarterback rankings, the Jacksonville Jaguars new signal-caller Nick Foles is ranked 19th best in the NFL.
According to NFL.com, the Jacksonville Jaguars open the season facing the top-ranked quarterback in the league on Sunday. It’s not that much of a surprise that Patrick Mahomes is at the top of the list of the 32 starting quarterbacks in the league. It might be more surprising where the group of analysts places Nick Foles, Jacksonville’s newest signal-caller at the team’s most important position.
Foles, who comes over from Philadelphia having helped the Eagles to the playoffs the last two seasons and has a Super Bowl MVP in his back pocket was ranked 19th overall in this most recent piece. It’s not as shocking as some might think, because there is always room for improvement and Foles comes to this team as a backup looking to start.
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And in looking at who is ahead of Foles, the only real questions I have is Lamar Jackson who is ranked 17th overall. Foles is the second quarterback out of the AFC South on this list. Deshaun Watson of Houston is ranked 8th, which is going to leave the locals up in arms over how the analysts can rank Watson ahead of a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
"“The Blake Bortles era in Jacksonville produced a half-decade of ghastly offensive football. Since 2014, when this franchise surprised everyone by taking Bortles third overall, the Jaguars rank near the bottom of the league in points per game (28th), yards per game (28th), passing yards per game (25th) and turnovers (29th),” writes Gennaro Filice.“Thus explains the four-year, $88 million stab on Foles. Can the 30-year-old QB and his new/old coach John DeFilippo recreate the Super Bowl magic they made in Philly?”"
Foles, who was recently named one of the Jaguars captains for the upcoming season, has come to town and turned everything upside down in a good way. The command he has at the podium and in the locker room is part of the equation. How he has taken to the football field and grabbed command of the huddle is something his teammates have all raved about.
As for the quarterback that the Jaguars are facing this weekend at TIAA Bank Field, what Mahomes has done to reinvent the position is dynamic, to say the least. This will be a tough task for the Jacksonville defense for sure.
"“Expectations for the reigning MVP are sky high and yet don’t feel remotely out of reach,” Ali Bhanpuri writes. “Admit it, a part of you is legitimately surprised any time a Chiefs drive doesn’t end with seven points and some silly celebration. Easy consensus on this one.”"
Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 27th and Indianapolis Colts new starter Jacoby Brissett is 28th on the list.