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    State of the Eagles: Quarterback

    Zach Berman
    POSTED: THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014, 3:13 PM

    While the Eagles finish their offseason program with 10 organized team activities and a three-day mini-camp, The Inquirer will reset the teamís 90-man roster and look at each position heading into Julyís training camp. We have already looked at offensive line, tight ends, defensive line, outside linebackers, and wide receivers.

    Projected current first team

    Nick Foles (6-6, 243); 25, 3rd season

    There is no longer a quarterback controversy. Nick Foles is entrenched as the Eaglesí starting quarterback. After a Pro Bowl season, the question now is how good can Foles become Ė and how much are the Eagles willing to pay him? (More on this in a second.)

    Folesí 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in 13 games (and 10 starts) last season showed how well he can fit in a Chip Kelly offense. He was efficient, made all the throws, and maintained the tempo. Foles even showed his athleticism by rushing for 221 yards and three touchdowns. He left the field in the postseason with a lead. For a player who was competing for a starting job just one season ago, Folesí second year was a major development for the franchise.

    So whatís next? Itís hard to expect another 27/2 season. Itís realistic to expect a few more touchdowns, and you should expect more interceptions. Kelly said Foles will have a better command of the offense in his second year, and can refine the technical aspects of the position. Foles works on his footwor each day; it has been a constant emphasis since coming into the NFL.

    He no longer has DeSean Jackson, but the Eagles have enough offensive weapons and Kelly has enough ingenuity for the offense to survive. Foles can throw the ball quicker than he did. He averaged 3.11 seconds to throw the ball, second longest amongst starters, according to Pro Football Focus. Itís not a prerequisite for success Ė Seattle's Russell Wilson held onto the ball longer, and he won the Super Bowl Ė but itís one way to refine Folesí game this season.

    He also must stay healthy. Foles has now missed time due to injury in three of the past four seasons. They have not been major injuries, but he needs to remain on the field. It will be something else to watch in 2014.

    Of course, the overall product is impressive. The Eagles have a player who could be their franchise quarterback. That would come with a hefty price tag, though. Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, and Colin Kaepernick have all received lucrative contracts this offseason. Foles, Wilson, and Andrew Luck are among those eligible for extensions after this season. Paying a quarterback in the $17-$20 million range eats a considerable amount of the salary cap, so it will a major decision with long-term implications. How Foles performs this season will be a persuasion Ė in either direction.

    Projected second team

    Mark Sanchez (6-2, 225), 27, 5th season

    The Eagles signed Sanchez to be the backup quarterback. Although he is competing with Matt Barkley, they did not guarantee him $2.25 million this season to be the third-stringer. And he should be the backup Ė Sanchez has 62 career regular-season games, so he has the experience that could be helpful if Foles gets injured. Sanchez needed to prove that his shoulder was healthy enough to throw after missing last season because of labrum surgery. He has not been limited at all this spring, which is a positive note for the Eagles.

    Sanchez has his critics, but the Eagles could do worse at backup quarterback. He has 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions. He's only been a 55 percent passer. Perhaps working with Kelly and the Eaglesí coaching staff can help. Maybe he never gets into a game this year. But look for Sanchez to beat Barkley for the No. 2 job.


    Matt Barkley (6-2, 227), 23, 2nd season; G.J. Kinne (6-2, 218), 25, 1st season

    Barkley was taken with a fourth-round pick in 2013 and had a forgettable rookie season. He was not fully healthy last offseason, so the team did not see him at his optimum. He entered into difficult situations during the season, which helped lead to an ugly statistical campaign: no touchdowns, four interceptions. Still, that was the product he left on the field. He did not convince the teamís brass he could be the unchallenged No. 2 quarterback this season.

    Barkley needs to have a good summer. Kelly likes him. He has a quick release and he understands the system. But the arm strength will not wow you, and he must show whether he has starter-caliber skills. If he does, the Eagles might be able to ship him for a draft pick next offseason or go into 2015 with him as the backup. If not, Barkley will be fighting for a roster spot at this time next year. The next few months will be critical.

    Kinne has tools that the Eagles like, but he has an upward climb if he wants to make the roster. Itís unlikely the Eagles would cut Barkley or Sanchez. So unless there is an injury, Kinne will be auditioning for another team during the preseason or spending another year on the Eagles practice squad.

    "E-A-G-L-E-S ... EAGLES!"

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    wait, let me stop laughing my ass off for a second

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    Nice job by the third string QB of the Eagles proving his team leadership qualities

    Yes sir... the King of Embarrassing videos (remember his soft core porn bare backside dancing video of last season has done it again..

    Posted a video on Instagram of two of his offensive line teammates together in an Epsom Salts tub

    Apparently neither are happy about what the Eagles new locker room cancer thought was a cute joke

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