With Michael Vick succumbing to injury late in the Eagles' Week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, it is time for fantasy owners to check out backup Nick Foles to see if the signal-caller can be a waiver-wire steal.
Michael Vick sacked for sixth time, gets hurt. Nick Foles has to go in with 1:07 left— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) September 20, 2013
We'll have to wait and see the extent of Vick's injury, but it is never too early to start preparing for his potential absence.
After trying to earn the starting job in training camp, the strong-armed Foles has been waiting in the wings. Should he be thrust into starting duty this week, he will not be unprepared. He has been getting some reps with the first team in practice.
Despite getting plenty of playing time as a rookie, Foles is now embarking on an important stretch in his young career. The Eagles are running a vastly different offense this year under coach Chip Kelly, and that rapidly moving attack requires offensive players to be on the same page.
The second-year quarterback out of Arizona had a nice run as the starter for the Eagles last year while filling in for Vick. However, with the Eagles in the midst of a 4-12 season and with his offensive line struggling, Foles had his ups and downs as a rookie quarterback.
Playing in seven games last year, Foles completed just over 60 percent of his passes. He threw for 1,699 yards and six touchdowns and had five interceptions and five fumbles.
Foles doesn't have the mobility typically associated with quarterbacks in Kelly's spread system, but he throws a nice ball and has the tools to succeed in an offense that gets the ball out of the quarterback's hand quickly.
With the Eagles traveling to take on the powerful Denver Broncos next week, chances are good that they will be forced to put the ball in the air often.
So, keep an eye on Vick's status. If he is unable to play next week, Foles is a decent fantasy option for anyone in a pinch.