Eagles vs. Patriots: Can Nick Foles Bounce Back?

Ashkan KargaranContributor IIIAugust 15, 2014

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) passes the football during an NFL football training camp joint practice of the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Nick Foles looks to bounce back from a poor performance last week when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Friday.

Foles will try and prove his performance last season was not a flash in the pan. While it's only the second week of the preseason, Eagles fans should be worried if Foles struggles in back-to-back games.

Foles was due to disappoint at some point this year. It was going to be nearly impossible to replicate his performance from last season when he threw a mere two interceptions in 13 games.

If the Mannings and the Bradys of the world can't keep their interception total that low for an entire season, neither can Nick Foles.

This comes after Foles threw two interceptions in Week 1 of the preseason against the Chicago Bears. While it was clear Foles wouldn't replicate his play from last season, who knew he would match his interception total in just three series?

Nick Foles played 774 snaps last season and had two interceptions. Foles played 18 snaps on Friday night, threw two interceptions.

— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) August 10, 2014

Then again, it's still just the preseason.

Preseason football: Where Nick Foles looks shaky and Mark Sanchez is throwing lasers.

— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) August 9, 2014

With the Patriots up next, Foles will look to bounce back from his shaky start to the preseason. He will be facing a team looking to rev up its engine before the regular season kicks off.

Tom Brady will make his preseason debut, but he won't be in the back of Foles' mind all night.

No, that place in Foles' mind will be reserved for one man: Darrelle Revis. Revis is believed to be making his preseason debut against the Eagles. He's been involved in the Patriots' practices during the week, per Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz of USA Today.

Revis is regarded as one of the top cornerbacks in the league, but Foles reportedly had his way with the All-Pro corner during their practices, according to Judy Battista of NFL.com.

In front of a crowd of more than 25,000 fans, Foles did not commit a single turnover against Revis or fellow corner Brandon Browner. In fact, Foles completed a deep pass to Jeremy Maclin over Revis.

It may have just been practice, but it also may have been exactly what Foles needed to get his groove back.

Some advice from The Golden Boy doesn't hurt either. Foles got to watch Brady perfect his craft and most likely pick Brady's brain when neither of them were playing. As Battista mentions, Foles noticed how Brady takes underneath throws instead of going for the home run play.

Foles has a new toy that is perfect for underneath passes: Darren Sproles. On top of that, no DeSean Jackson means Foles will not be looking for the deep ball as often this season.

Another subtlety Foles picked up from watching Brady is Brady's ability to move in the pocket and get the ball out quickly. Foles says he is looking to work on those same things in order to take less sacks and create better opportunities for his team.

Look at the two interceptions Foles threw against the Bears, and you'll notice that both occurred when there was pressure in the face of the young quarterback. 

With Maclin likely out against the Patriots due to a tweaked hamstring, Foles will be without one of his best weapons. Luckily for him and the team, he didn't have Maclin all of last season, either. 

If Foles has a phenomenal performance, it won't mean as much as if he were to play another stinker and throw more interceptions. Fans just want to see their quarterback look comfortable and effective in the preseason.

If Foles can do that, the Eagles and their fans will be flying high heading into the regular season.