Gunn's Bullet Points: Foles can be NFL starter

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Gunn's Bullet Points: Foles can be NFL starter

3 and Out: Nick or Vick?

October 15, 2013, 8:00 am
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Nick Foles completed 22 of 31 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles' win over the Bucs. (AP)

Here are some bullet points following the Eagles' 31-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

• The past few games, Chip Kelly has told us that wide receiver Riley Cooper has been open a lot but the quarterback just hasn’t thrown to him. On Sunday, Nick Foles found the Clearwater, Fla., native four times for a career-high 120 yards and one touchdown. Good to see Cooper have a huge game in front of his parents, other family members and friends. He really needed something like this considering the summer he had.

• Speaking of Foles, he is not just a backup -- he can be a starter in the NFL. Against the Buccaneers, he had a 71 percent completion rate, almost 300 yards passing, threw three touchdowns and ran for another. He put excellent touch on his passes and showed good decision-making ability.

• LeSean McCoy surpassed the century mark again rushing against the Bucs. Shady gained 116 yards on 25 carries, averaging 4.6 yards per rush against a Bucs defense that was ranked ninth in the league against the run. McCoy leads the league in rushing by 99 yards over Houston’s Arian Foster.

• For the second straight game, the Eagles' secondary has taken away the deep vertical routes for opposing wideouts. Vincent Jackson had nine catches for 114 yards and two scores. Jackson’s longest reception of the day was a 24-yard touchdown catch.

• Speaking of Jacksons, DeSean had only 67 yards receiving but found the end zone twice. Jackson, who is second in the league in receiving by just four yards to New Orleans' Jimmy Graham, now has five touchdown catches on the year and three in the past two games.

• Although the Eagles didn't sack rookie quarterback Mike Glennon until the fourth quarter, defensive coordinator Bill Davis said he was pleased with his guys' overall performance for a second straight week. However, the issue of his defense not being able to get off the field in third-down situations, especially third-and-longs, is perplexing.

• Bradley Fletcher's third-quarter interception was huge in shifting the momentum of the game because it set up the Eagles' go-ahead touchdown to make it 21-17, and the Birds never looked back.

• Are Damaris Johnson’s days as the primary return man for the Birds numbered? He continues to make poor decisions and has lacked the ability to hit open holes. Kelly says it's something they will continue to talk to him about, but from my standpoint, it may be beyond just talking about it -- it’s time the Birds start looking at other options. DeSean Jackson was back on punt return once Sunday, but Bucs punter Michael Koenen kicked away from him.

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