Nick Foles threw seven touchdown passes in one game and outran RG3 in another.
Is there anything Foles can’t do?
OK, that’s exaggerating a bit. But the second-year pro is having quite a season for the first-place Philadelphia Eagles (6-5).
Foles’ passing skills are obvious. He tied an NFL record shared by Peyton Manning and five other quarterbacks by throwing seven touchdowns at Oakland two weeks ago. He leads the NFL with a passer rating of 128.0, and he has 16 touchdown passes to zero interceptions.
Oh, by the way, coach Chip Kelly still hasn’t named him the starter. Kelly won’t make that official until Michael Vick is cleared to return from a hamstring injury.
The biggest surprise so far has been Foles’ scrambling ability. While he’s clearly not as fast or elusive as Vick, he’s been effective. In Sunday’s 24-16 victory over Washington, Foles had a career-high 47 yards on nine carries. Robert Griffin III had 44 on 10 carries.
“It’s fun going out there running and getting the feel for it because it is something different,” Foles said. “I feel like week to week I’m getting more and more comfortable with it. It’s really helping us get first downs and before long they will really have to account for me and it will open up.”
Foles ran a 40-yard dash in 5.14 seconds at the 2012 scouting combine, the slowest time for a quarterback in the last four years and slower than some offensive linemen. Once Kelly arrived with his up-tempo offense that requires a mobile quarterback to run the read-option, Foles was an afterthought. He couldn’t possibly be a fit for Kelly’s system, right?
Vick won the quarterback competition in training camp and played well until he got hurt. Foles, on the other hand, has been extraordinary since filling in.
“I think it’s all about flexibility in what we do in terms of it’s always based on personnel,” Kelly said. “I think anybody that’s smart at what they’re doing is going to cater their offense to what they do.”
Bradford has surgery
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford underwent season-ending knee surgery, which was postponed earlier this month due to swelling. Coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday that Dr. James Andrews did the operation to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament a day earlier in Pensacola, Fla. Andrews also operated on the quarterback’s shoulder at Oklahoma.
Fisher said trainer Reggie Scott told him the procedure went well.
New Orleans loses Greer
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says Jabari Greer will miss the rest of the season because the cornerback’s left knee injury during last Sunday’s victory over San Francisco included a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Payton had hinted Monday that the injury was serious, but waited until Tuesday to disclose the ACL tear and report that Greer is being placed on injured reserve.
New Orleans also signed defensive back Trevin Wade, who was drafted by the Browns and played much of last season, but had been a free agent throughout this season. Payton says second-year cornerback Corey White is expected to take over Greer’s starting role.
Around the league
The Broncos placed safety Rahim Moore on recallable injured reserve and signed veteran Michael Huff to take his place. Moore underwent emergency surgery to stop bleeding in a muscle in his left leg Monday. … The Colts promoted tight end Justice Cunningham from the practice squad to the active roster and waived receiver Griff Whalen, who played in six games. … The Buffalo Bills released third-year cornerback Justin Rogers. … The Chicago Bears waived long snapper Jeremy Cain, who appeared in the past two games with veteran Patrick Mannelly sidelined by a calf injury. … The Kansas City Chiefs released defensive tackle Anthony Toribio and signed former New England Patriots defensive tackle Kyle Love. … The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed rookie fullback/running back Lonnie Pryor from Jacksonville’s practice squad.
Ex-NFL player dies at 35
Frank Chamberlin, an NFL linebacker who played with Tennessee, Cincinnati and Houston from 2000 to 2005, died Sunday at a northern New Jersey hospital from a rare form of brain cancer. He was 35. He was diagnosed with brain cancer about a year ago after a seizure. He soon had surgery in which part of the tumor was removed. He was a fullback and linebacker at Boston College.