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Which Eagles player is Nick Foles targeting the most? - About
Through the first four games of the 2014 NFL season, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has thrown 96 completions on 166 attempts (57.8 completion percentage) for 1,173 yards, six touchdowns, four interceptions, and a passer rating of 81.7. Those numbers are far from perfect; Foles has been up and down so far. In the interest of seeing how these numbers were accumulated, here is a breakdown of Foles' targets through the first quarter of the Eagles schedule.

Credit the 49ers for excellent defense on that 4th and goal play call - Philly.com
With the Eagles' run game having been completely shut down the entire day by the Niners' base defense, it was completely understandable that the Eagles chose not to try to run the ball against the Niners' goal line personnel. Unfortunately, the Niners also happened to defend the pass on this play extraordinarily well, perhaps because they knew the Eagles couldn't run the ball on them. Personally, I had no problem with the call. It's a concept that gets three receivers running across the field at three different levels of the end zone. If the QB has time, that's extremely difficult to defend whether you're in man or zone coverage. But when you can't run the ball, at all, it makes it really difficult to make any play call that is highly likely to work.

The Answer is… - Iggles Blitz
We don’t know. The question is whether Nick Foles is a franchise QB. Everyone would love an answer to this and tries so skew the weekly performance of Foles into a definitive answer. You can guess. You can make predictions. The bottom line is that you simply don’t know. Foles is in his third season. He has started 20 games.

All-22: Dissecting the Eagles’ Offensive Issues - Birds 24/7
Here's an example to Jeremy Maclin, who's running a deep post. That's a lot of open green grass. You want to let your receiver run and get the ball, but there's an acceptable margin for error. The only person in the area outlined above is the official. But Foles led Maclin too far downfield, and the result was an incompletion.

LeSean McCoy: 'I'm just not getting it done' - CSN Philly
There’s no denying the obvious. The Eagles’ run game hasn’t been good. Chip Kelly admitted as much. He said no one has blocked well — not the offensive line or the tight ends or the receivers. He said the production isn’t where it should be. And then he employed the familiar and well-worn line first popularized by Mike Tyson, the one about having a plan until you get hit.

Marcus Smith learning tough lesson in patience - Inquirer
Marcus Smith had been a quarterback at Hardaway High School in Columbus, Ga., and the University of Louisville had recruited him to be a quarterback when Smith decided to play there. When he arrived on campus in the fall of 2010, the coaches moved him to linebacker. In 2011, they moved him to defensive end. He was still a defensive end last year, when he finished second in the country with 141/2 sacks. His role and purpose on the field became instinctual to him.

Why Not? Sproles Is MVP Candidate - PE.com
Is it preposterous? Unthinkable? Should a reserve player who touches the ball 10-12 times each week be included in the NFL MVP conversation? Consider what Darren Sproles has done for the Eagles ...

McNabb thinks 2014 could be Brady’s last year in New England - The 700 Level
Not content with doubting Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, Donovan McNabb has moved on to targets in other cities (thankfully). His latest target: three-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.

LeSean McCoy will be just fine ... maybe - SB Nation
The Eagles running back has a scant 192 rushing yards through four games this season, averaging just 2.74 yards per carry. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White diagnoses the problem and projects whether we'll see the real Shady this season.