Former GM Jerry Angelo is now writing for various websites. He wrote scouting reports on QBs for all 32 teams and gave out some grades. Let’s take a look at what Angelo had to say about Nick Foles.
Nick Foles 8.0
Put up top numbers and achieved the best QB rating in football. Once they made the change to him, they won. He knows how to protect the ball and get them in the end zone. Oakland got a dose of how good he is doing it.
Foles came in 12th in the NFL and fell in the category that Angelo described as this:
Played at a high level. Was one of the reasons – but not the reason – for his team’s success… not elite.
That seems like a reasonable report and grade on Foles.
As for the other NFC East QBs…
14. Tony Romo
20. Eli Manning
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Missouri DE Michael Sam came out and announced that he’s gay. I think this is good for the NFL. Some player had to be the first to take this step and Sam seems like a good candidate. He is a highly successful college player (2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year). He’s not an elite prospect. Sam has been referred to as a 1st round prospect by some media outlets, but he’s simply not that good. He should go in the 4th or 5th round.
Sam came out to his teammates back in the summer so he has a year of experience of dealing with the issue. Obviously Mizzou isn’t a media hotbed, but it is still impressive that the story didn’t get to the mainstream media. Sam was respected enough by his teammates that they handled the situation in the right way.
Could Sam be of interest to the Eagles? Possibly. He’s not an ideal fit. Sam is 6015, 260. That means he is just a bit under 6-2. I think the Eagles would prefer taller LBs. Sam’s arms are 33 1/4 inches long, which is pretty good size. That helps to make up for the lack of height.
Sam isn’t a gifted athlete. He is more of a DE than a LB. The coaches at the Senior Bowl played him at LB and Sam looked lost at times. This actually reminded me of the 2005 Senior Bowl when a kid named Trent Cole played LB and looked lost. He turned out to be a pretty decent pass rusher.
Sam is a tough, physical player. He is relentless in going after the QB. Sam lacks elite burst and makes a lot of plays based on effort. That’s great, but doesn’t always translate well to the NFL.
Sam isn’t likely to be a key target for the Eagles, but they could have interest if he does slide to the later rounds.
Some teams will be put off by the gay issue. It isn’t necessarily homophobia, but rather fear of a distraction. Wherever Sam goes, there will be lots of media attention and his teammates will have to be very careful about what they say. Any awkward comment and you’ve got a potential controversy.
Teams that have strong organizational structure and a solid locker room can handle the situation and could be very interested in Sam.
I wish the young man well, unless he goes to Dallas.
Please discuss this situation in the right way. We don’t need bad jokes and inappropriate comments. Most of you guys don’t need this comment, but I just want to be up front on this subject.