Nick Foles' Instant Fantasy Reaction Following Michael Vick's Injury

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 24:  Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass during warmups before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 24, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)
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Nick Foles and Michael Vick engaged in a tight battle for the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback job during the offseason, but the second-year signal-caller out of Arizona was unable to beat out his veteran teammate. Foles may now be the man in Philly out of necessity, however, as he took over the reins during Philly's Week 5 clash with the New York Giants, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

Foles entered the contest late in the first half after Vick suffered a hamstring injury, per Vacchiano.

While Vick was able to finish the drive on which he was injured, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly turned to Foles after that.  

Foles made an instant impact, completing seven of his eight passes for 68 yards, which led to an Alex Henery field goal to end the second quarter.

It is unclear whether or not Vick will be able to reenter the game, but Kelly may view the injury as an opportunity to make a change that he may have wanted to make anyway.

Although Vick had 79 rushing yards before leaving the contest, he completed under 50 percent of his passes for just 105 yards. The Eagles entered the game with a 1-3 record, and Vick wasn't running Kelly's high-octane offense as well as he hoped.

Foles showed some flashes of brilliance with Vick on the shelf last season, as he threw for 1,699 yards and six touchdowns in the seven games in which he saw significant action.

It was a solid game overall for Foles.  He finished the game going 16-for-25 with 197 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

With offensive weapons such as running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson at his disposal, Foles is an extremely intriguing fantasy option if he remains the starter moving forward.

While he wouldn't be a surefire fantasy starter by any means, he would be worth adding, and he could very well turn into a starter in deeper leagues. Vick's presence will obviously pose a problem, but provided Foles continues to play well on Sunday and Kelly decides to install him as the starter, he has top-15 fantasy quarterback potential the rest of the way.


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