Mike Kafka broke his non-throwing hand and is out for 3 or so weeks. This will give Nick Foles a huge opportunity. He gets to play with better players, but will also have to face better competition. Can he step his game up and handle that? He was terrific on Thursday, but NFL history is littered with guys who lit up 3rd stringers and that was as good as it got.
I’m excited to see what Foles can do. If he struggles, that’s okay. Good to know where he truly is in his development. If he plays well, then maybe I’ve been underrating him this summer. Foles hasn’t stood out in camp, but maybe he’s like AJ Feeley…a gamer. Some guys just don’t shine in practice, but live games bring out the best in them. I’ve got an open mind on Foles. I need to see him play more before I feel comfortable with buying into the hype or dismissing it totally.
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King Dunlap got some reps today in the walkthrough with the 1’s. Demetress Bell didn’t have a good game. I’ll get more into that in the DGR. Bell isn’t worried. He says he’s still adjusting to the system. Dave Spadaro says Howard Mudd is just sending a message to Bell. I think there is some truth in that, but I also think Mudd isn’t afraid to mix things up. He did a lot of experimentation last year until he found 5 guys he liked. Mudd will play anyone that fits his system and gets the job done.
Let’s not go overboard with this news. Bell was on the field for 7 snaps I think. Very limited sample size. Next week the starting offense will go for close to a half, maybe the whole half. We’ll get a much better feel for Bell at that point.
As for Dunlap, I do trust King. I’d rather not have him start, but he knows the offense, Mudd’s scheme, and has played well for us when called upon.
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Some of you ask me fantasy football questions. I know nothing about FF. A buddy of mine is quite good at FF. He just joined Twitter and you can fire off questions at him if you like. He is a Carolina Panthers fan, but has a good excuse for that. He’s was dropped on his head a lot when he was young.