(PHILADELPHIA) — Philadelphia Eagles fans will get a glimpse into the future this Sunday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the team will start rookie quarterback Nick Foles against the Washington Redskins.
Foles will start in place of Michael Vick because he suffered a “pretty significant concussion” against the Dallas Cowboys, according to Eagles head coach Andy Reid.
A third-round pick out of Arizona, Foles made his NFL debut in relief of Vick and played reasonably well. He threw for 219 yards with a touchdown, but also threw an interception and had a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Despite his mistakes, Reid is excited to see what the rookie can do.
“I’ve got confidence that Nick will do a nice job, if given that opportunity,” Reid said on Monday. “Listen, I get excited for every game, but if the kid has an opportunity to start, I’m excited to see him play.”
The Eagles are in the midst of a second straight disappointing season. Despite heavy preseason expectations, the team is 3-6 and in the middle of a five-game losing streak.
Foles’s first start could be ideal for him. The Redskins rank 30th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game.
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Jill Martin, CNN