I’m a little late with my notes this time around, so let’s just get right to it:
• Nick Foles during OTAs and minicamp this year >>> Nick Foles in training camp last year. The natural, intangible progressions from a rookie to a second year player like “He looks more confident” apply, but there’s another difference that I see in Foles’ play that is more tangible. Last year, here’s something I wrote about him:
Something I’m beginning to notice with Nick Foles: If he throws the ball more than 15-20 yards downfield, it quacks.
What I meant by that was that Foles wasn’t throwing tight spirals on the more difficult throws. His passes often wobbled, like “wounded ducks.” Hence they “quacked.”
That is no longer the case. Yesterday, Foles unleashed a 60 yard TD* that was on the money to DeSean Jackson. On the very next play, he threw a 20 yard laser** through heavy traffic, which once again, was also on the money. Those were throws he was not making in training camp last year. They were “wow” throws. Is it just a matter of Foles getting more comfortable with the ball used in the pros? Is it simply that he’s doing less thinking and just letting it rip? I don’t know the answer, but whatever it is, he’s throwing a much prettier ball.