Eagles QB Foles to start vs. Raiders

Nick Foles will be back at quarterback for the Eagles when they
play the Raiders on Sunday.

Two weeks after suffering a concussion, Foles will start in
place of Michael Vick, who is out for the second time this season
with a hamstring injury. Rookie Matt Barkley will be Foles’ backup
vs. Oakland (3-4).

Eagles coach Chip Kelly made the announcement Wednesday after
watching Foles take part in Tuesday’s practice.

”Nick did really well,” Kelly said. ”I know he was cleared,
but just because he was cleared, we (still) really needed to see
him. I hadn’t really had a chance to visit with him, so to get to
watch him on the field, I was really happy with the way Nick
practiced.”

Philadelphia (3-5) is still just one game out of first place in
the NFC East.

”That’s one of the good things about practicing Tuesday is that
you can kind of get a chance to get your eyes on people who have
been out,” Kelly said. ”Nick is going to be our starter this week
and he’ll take the reps with the ones.”

Foles, a third-round pick in 2011 out of the University of
Arizona, suffered the concussion in the second half of a 17-3 loss
to the Dallas Cowboys Oct. 20. He started that game in place of
Vick, who was out with his first hamstring injury.

Vick, who missed two games, returned last week and started in a
15-7 loss to the New York Giants, but re-injured the hamstring and
left in the first half. Barkley has relieved Foles, against Dallas,
and Vick, against New York.

”Mike’s hamstring is the same as it was,” Kelly said. ”We
don’t see him being able to go this week.”

Foles has appeared in five games this season, two as a starter,
and has completed 52 of 90 passes for 622 yards with six
touchdowns. He has not thrown an interception, and has a 101.3
rating.

Foles came off the bench for Vick in a win over the Giants at
the Meadowlands, and threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns in a
36-21 win.

A week later, he started and completed 22 of 31 passes for 296
yards and three touchdowns in a 31-20 win over the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers that earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week
honors.

In his most recent start against Dallas, though, he suffered
through a miserable 11-for-29, 80-yard effort before the concussion
knocked him out of the game.

”I just did not play well,” Foles said. ”There’s no reason. I
just did not play well. It’s going to make be better. I’m going to
get better because of it.”

In his rookie year, Foles started six games in place of an
injured Vick and played to a rating of 79.1. He completed 161 of
265 passes for 1,699 yards with six touchdowns and five
interceptions.

”I feel very confident,” Foles said. ”Same confidence I had
after the Tampa Bay game. You feel emotions, you are human. You
play bad, you let everyone down.”

Kelly has that same confidence in his quarterback.

”That’s one of the things I love about Nick, there’s resiliency
to him,” Kelly said. ”I know Nick didn’t play well in the Dallas
game. He understands that. Nick wasn’t the only one who didn’t play
well against Dallas.

”I’ve seen Nick play well. I’ve got a ton of confidence in
Nick.”

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