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Nick Foles is taking a page out of Sam Bradford's book

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Last year, Sam Bradford and Nick Foles were linked by being the quarterbacks swapped in the trade made between the Eagles and the Rams. This year, Bradford and Foles find themselves linked yet again. Though instead of being traded away this time, they both find themselves on a roster where their team has traded for their replacement.

According to ESPN's Jim Trotter, Foles hasn't participated in the Rams' voluntary offseason program since the Rams drafted Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Bradford similarly held out of the Eagles' voluntary workout program for a couple weeks after Philadelphia drafted Carson Wentz at No. 2 overall.

Now, the situations aren't exactly the same. Foles was downright awful last year. He was one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL and got benched for Case Keenum. Bradford, meanwhile, at least showed some level of starting caliber competency by the end of the 2015 season.

Another key difference when comparing/contrasting these situations is that Bradford didn't skip any voluntary OTA practices. He returned in time for those. Foles doesn't seem so intent on returning like Bradford eventually did. Bradford had a starting job waiting for him when he returned. The former Eagles quarterback is likely the odd man out on the Los Angeles depth chart. He's arguably the fourth string guy behind the likes of Goff, Keenum, and 2015 third round pick Sean Mannion.

There have been rumors that Foles might return to the NFC East. No, not to Philadelphia. Rather, the Cowboys and Washington Redskins reportedly might have interest in Foles. Dallas could especially use a veteran backup behind the injury-prone, 36-year-old Tony Romo.

Once upon a time, some thought Foles was going to be the Eagles' franchise quarterback of the future. In 2013, he posted a 27 touchdown to two interception ratio and even won Pro Bowl MVP. He's taken a mighty fall since then.

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