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10 more Nick Foles stats you won't believe

10 more Nick Foles stats you won't believe

As long as Nick Foles keeps rewriting the record books, we're going to keep giving you our top 10 Nick Foles stats of the week!

And on Sunday, the same guy who in 2013 tied an NFL record with seven touchdowns in a game and a week ago set an Eagles record with 471 passing yards, tied an NFL record by completing 25 straight passes.

Lots of records. Lots of stats. Here's this week's edition of 10 crazy Nick Foles stats that you won't believe! 

1. By completing 84.9 percent of his passes against the Redskins (28 of 33), Foles broke his own franchise record of 84 percent accuracy set in 2013 against the Bears at the Linc, when he was 21-for-25. It was Foles’ club-record seventh career game over 75 percent accuracy in just 40 games as an Eagle.

2. Foles’ 84.9 percent is also the second-most accurate game ever against the Redskins, behind only Drew Brees’ 89.7 percent earlier this year (26-for-29). The highest ever by a QB who didn’t attend Westlake High School in Austin is 82.6 percent by Jim Kelly of the Bills in 1996 (19-for-23).

3. With his 25 consecutive completions from the first to third quarter, Foles tied the NFL record shared by Ryan Tannehill and Philip Rivers. Only Foles and Rivers did it within one game. Donovan McNabb held the previous franchise record of 24 straight completions but that was also over two games.

4. Foles finished the season at 72.3 percent accuracy. Among quarterbacks throwing at least 160 passes in a season, that’s second-highest in NFL history, behind only Brees’ 74.4 percent, also this year. Carson Wentz finished at 69.6 percent, which is second-highest in Eagles history. The previous club record was Sam Bradford’s 65.0 percent in 2015.

5. During calendar 2018, Foles threw 90 third-down passes and completed 72 of them. In all, he was 72-for-90 on third down (80 percent) for 874 yards, 9 TDs, one INT and a 135.8 passer rating in 2018. 

6. Foles has completed 70 percent of his passes in four straight games, which ties the franchise record set earlier this year by Wentz. Going back to last year’s playoffs, Foles has hit on 70 percent of his passes in six of his last eight games — all but the Super Bowl (65 percent) and the 2018 opener against the Falcons (56 percent).

7. Foles recorded his 20th game as an Eagle with a passer rating over 100. That’s fourth-most in franchise history, behind only McNabb (48), Cunningham (29) and Ron Jaworski (28), even though Foles is 13th in Eagles history in starts.

8. Including games with the Rams and Chiefs, Foles has 24 career games with a passer rating of 100. That’s 11th-most in NFL history by a player in his first 54 career games and more than all but two Hall of Famers (Kurt Warner, Dan Marino).

9. Since opening day of last year, Foles is the second-most accurate passer in the NFL, behind Brees, of course. Including the regular season and postseason Foles has completed 68.4 percent of his passes since returning to the Eagles. Brees is at 72.7. Just behind Foles are Kirk Cousins (67.4 percent), Andrew Luck (67.3 percent) and Matt Ryan (67.1 percent).

10. Foles is one of only four quarterbacks who played in last year’s postseason who will also play in this year’s. The others are Tom Brady, Jared Goff and Drew Brees.

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Eagles NFL draft options at 25: Jerry Tillery

Eagles NFL draft options at 25: Jerry Tillery

Jerry Tillery arrived at Notre Dame as an offensive lineman, and with his quickness and athleticism he probably would have been a pretty good one. But he moved to defense as a freshman, and the move certainly paid off.

Tillery had some issues early in his career. He was suspended for the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State as a freshman for violating team rules and in a game against USC as a sophomore got into trouble for stepping on a player’s leg and kicking another player while he was on the ground. But he grew into a leader and one of the most dominating interior linemen in the country.

Tillery blossomed as a junior with nine tackles for loss and 4 ½ sacks and earned All-America status this past year with 10 ½ TFLs and eight sacks. At 6-6, 295, Tillery is a force against the run but also a ferocious pass rusher. Tillery is still raw and prone to occasional technique breakdowns, but his upside is off the charts.

Current roster at DT: The Eagles desperately need help at defensive tackle behind projected starters Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson. With Haloti Ngata retired, the only other interior linemen on the roster are former practice squadders like Treyvon Hester and Bruce Hector. 

How he would fit: He’d play immediately. The combination of Hester, Hector, Ngata and Detiny Vaeao played more than 800 combined snaps on defense last year, so if ideally Cox and Jackson play about 75 percent of the snaps, that leaves about 35 snaps per game for the third defensive tackle. Perfect for a rookie.

Eagles history at DT in draft: The Eagles have taken four defensive tackles in the first round since 2000 – Corey Simon, Mike Patterson, Brodrick Bunkley and Cox. All but Patterson were among the first 14 picks. Only the Rams and Jaguars have also taken four tackles since 2000. Before that there was Leonard Renfro in 1993 and Jerome Brown in 1987.

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Other options at 25 

Are Eagles more likely to trade up or down in 2019 draft?

Are Eagles more likely to trade up or down in 2019 draft?

During his joint 42-minute pre-draft media availability this week, Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman was asked a simple question: 

Are you more interested in trading up or down in the first round? 

His answer was not nearly as simple: 

Who’s on the board? What’s the value? What are we getting?

His point, of course, was that they’ll have to see how the first round is going before figuring out whether or not they’d be willing to trade up to target a player or trade back to acquire more draft picks. At No. 25, it seems like they’re in a good position to do either. And Roseman is never shy about making draft-day trades. 

I still think the Eagles are more likely to trade up to get what Roseman calls a “difference-maker,” but that doesn’t mean a trade down isn’t possible. 

Remember, for Roseman, the draft isn’t about just getting good players; it’s about getting good players for good value. Earlier this week, Roseman outlined three reasons to make a trade in the first round: 

1. Trading up: If there’s a fall-off point in talent in the first round, it makes sense to move up to get a difference-maker. The Eagles are sitting at 25, so if they have 20 players they think are first-round worthy (even though their grading scale doesn’t work by round), there’s a chance they’ll have to move up to get one of those top players. They’ll do their research, but won’t truly know if one of those top-tier players will be available at 25 until the players start getting picked off the board. 

2. Trading down: If the Eagles are on the clock at 25 and they have, say, four players who are graded equally or close to it, they could add value by moving back three or four spots. They would get more or better later-round picks and still get a player they view as an equal to whomever they’d get at 25. 

3. Trading down: If they’re on the clock at 25 and they don’t think any of the players are worthy of that pick, they can hope someone else sees value there. In that case, they can trade back and get into a pocket of that round or the next round where they’d feel more comfortable making a pick. 

Since he became the Eagles’ GM in 2010, Roseman has been in charge of eight drafts (not including the 2015 draft under Chip Kelly). In those eight years, he has made 25 draft-day trades and four of them include first rounders. That’s over 3.0 per year and he’s never not made a trade during the draft. (This doesn’t include the two trades in 2016 to get in position to draft Carson Wentz; those happened before the draft.) 

Of the four Round 1 trades, two were to trade up, two were to trade down. 

• In 2010, the Eagles traded picks Nos. 24, 70 and 87 to move up to No. 13 to draft Brandon Graham. 

• In 2012, the Eagles traded Nos. 15, 114 and 172 to move up to No. 12 to draft Fletcher Cox. 

• In 2014, the Eagles traded No. 22 down to No. 26 to draft Marcus Smith. The Browns wanted Johnny Manziel. The Eagles also got No. 83. 

• In 2018, the Eagles traded out of the first round (No. 32) when the Ravens wanted to draft Lamar Jackson. The Birds ended up trading back up higher in the second to take Dallas Goedert the next day. 

Roseman has talked before about the usual talent cutoff in first rounds. There are only a certain amount of “difference-makers” atop every draft — it differs by team — and on Tuesday, he said most drafts don’t have “32 legitimate first round grades” on players. He, of course, didn’t say whether or not this is one of those years, as to not tip his hand. But the Eagles are already running through all the hypothetical situations. And this is the time where preliminary phone calls between teams about draft-day intentions start happening. Roseman always says trades happen because of relationships around the league. 

So the reason Roseman didn’t answer the question on Tuesday is because he probably really doesn’t know what’s going to happen when the draft kicks off. He certainly has more of an idea than he let on — I still think the Eagles are in prime trade up territory — but there’s no point in tipping his hand. 

The only thing we know for certain: Roseman isn’t one to shy away from draft-day moves, so there’s a good chance we see one again next week. 

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