Foles' performance should determine QB job
Nick Foles threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns against the Buccaneers last Sunday. (USA Today Images)
The honors continue to roll in for Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who on Friday added this week’s FedEx NFL air player of the week to his NFC offensive player of the week award.
Foles, in his first start of the year, threw for 296 yards Sunday with three touchdowns passing and a fourth rushing in the Eagles’ 36-20 win over the Buccaneers in Tampa.
Foles was among three finalists for the award, along with Andy Dalton of the Bengals and Cam Newton of the Panthers. He was selected in an online fan voting.
The 24-year-old Foles is expected to make his second start of the season in place of injured Michael Vick when the Eagles face the Cowboys Sunday.
So far this year, Foles has completed 67 percent of his passes with six touchdowns, no interceptions and a 127.9 passer rating. He’s already thrown as many TDs in 61 pass attempts this year as he did in 265 attempts last year.
Among players with 300 or more pass attempts, Foles ranks No. 1 in Eagles history in completion percentage (62 percent) and passer rating (88.2).
Foles is the first Eagles quarterback to receive the FedEx honor since 2010, when Vick won it for performances against the Jaguars and Redskins, and Kevin Kolb won it after a game against the Falcons.
Other QB winners since the inception of the program in 2003: Donovan McNabb (three times in 2004, once in 2005, twice in 2006, once in 2008) and Jeff Garcia (once in 2006).
Eagles running backs to win the FedEx Ground award: Brian Westbrook in 2006 and 2007 and LeSean McCoy once in 2010 and twice in 2011. McCoy was also named the FedEx Ground Player of the Year in 2011.
The FedEx Air and Ground awards raise money weekly for the Junior Achievement programs in the communities the winning players are from.