The 2012 Philadelphia Eagles will always be remembered first and foremost for being the disastrous last year of Andy Reid’s tenure, a season that spiraled completely out of control, and was all but dead by Thanksgiving. However, there’s a chance it could also eventually be known as one of the better rookie classes in the franchise’s history.
The 2012 Eagle rookies combined for a total of 3,898 total snaps on offense and defense (special teams excluded). Those snap counts are broken down by player to the right. Those 3,898 snaps ranked 3rd in the NFL, behind just the Browns, who had a staggering 6,509 snaps from their rookies, and the Andrew Luck led Colts, who accumulated 4,131.
Some of the Eagles’ rookies were likely to see significant action the day they were drafted, like 1st round pick DT Fletcher Cox, 2nd round pick LB Mychal Kendricks, and 4th round pick CB Brandon Boykin. Others received their opportunities when some starters got injured, like 3rd round pick QB Nick Foles, 5th round pick OT Dennis Kelly, and 7th round pick RB Bryce Brown.
A look back at the highlights and lowlights of each of the rookies listed to the right, beginning with the offense:
Nick Foles highlight: With 7:21 left in the 4th quarter against Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers’ Doug Martin ran for a TD, making the score 21-10. Foles led two impressive TD drives, including a last second TD strike to Jeremy Maclin for the win. It would be Reid’s last win as the Eagles head coach and snapped an 8 games losing streak. We broke down Foles’ pocket presence after that game.
Nick Foles lowlight: In the Eagles’ loss to the Redskins in Landover, Foles got his first NFL start. The Redskins blitzed him all afternoon, and Foles ended his day 21 of 46 for 200 yards, 0 TD and 2 INTs in a 31-6 blowout.
2013 outlook: That’s the biggest personnel question facing whoever the Eagles’ brass chooses to hire in their head coaching search. There are no Andrew Lucks or RG3’s in this upcoming draft, so Foles may very well be given every opportunity to win the Eagles’ starting QB job in 2013.