Nick Foles

Nick Foles

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2020: question mark 20%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 1.4%
Projected Games missed for 2020: question mark 0.7
Durability: question mark 3

Medium Risk

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Nick Foles Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

  • Foles was traded to Chicago, where he’ll compete with Mitchell Trubisky for the starting job.
  • Foles has played under HC Matt Nagy and OC Bill Lazor, so he should be familiar with the Bears’ offense.
  • With mediocre weaponry and little rushing upside, Foles isn’t very appealing in fantasy drafts.

The Bears shipped a 4th-round pick to Jacksonville in March for Foles, hoping he’ll be an upgrade over incumbent Mitchell Trubisky. Will that be the case?

A quick glance at the career numbers suggests it should be at least a slight upgrade. Foles edges Trubisky in yards per attempt (7.0 to 6.7), TD rate (4.2% to 3.8%) and INT rate (2.1% to 2.3). Trubisky gets the nod in completion percentage (63.4% to 61.9%).


A rocky career

Of course, Trubisky is a low bar for Foles to clear. Among 44 QBs with 1,000+ pass attempts since he entered the league in 2012, Foles ranks 32nd in completion rate, 33rd in yards per attempt and 27th in adjusted yards per attempt (which factors in TDs and INTs). So we’re not talking about a world-beater here.

Foles has flashed high-end play in spurts throughout his career. There was the 27-TD, 2-INT 2013 campaign under Chip Kelly. He opened the following season with 978 yards and 6 TDs across his first 3 games before sputtering over the next 5 and then missing the final 8 games with a fractured clavicle. Then in 2018, Foles replaced an injured Carson Wentz and led the Eagles to a 4-1 finish and a Wild Card Round playoff win.

That helped him land a 4-year, $88 million deal from the Jaguars last offseason. He lasted exactly 11 snaps in the opener before fracturing his left clavicle. Foles returned in November, averaged just 6.1 yards per attempt across 3.5 games and then was benched for Gardner Minshew.


2020 outlook

So now Foles will duke it out with Trubisky this summer in a completely uninspiring QB competition. It’s worth noting that Foles has s…

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Nick Foles Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Sep 8, 2019 NFL Shoulder Clavicle Fracture Foles suffered a broken left clavicle in the first quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs
Aug 16, 2018 NFL Shoulder Foles hurt his right shoulder in the team's 2nd preseason game. The Eagles called it a "strain."
Nov 2, 2014 NFL Shoulder Clavicle Fracture Foles fractured his clavicle and missed the final 8 games of the season.
Oct 20, 2013 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1
Dec 23, 2012 NFL Hand Metacarpal Fracture Foles missed the 2012 season finale after breaking his right (throwing) hand in Week 16.