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NIck Foles Expected To Start The Philadelphia Eagles' Season Opener

04 September 2018

The Philadelphia Eagles appear to be ready to go with veteran Nick Foles at quarterback to start their title defense on September 6 against the Atlanta Falcons.

"Nick Foles is the starter and we have complete confidence, obviously, in what he can do", Pederson told PhiladelphiaEagles.com's Dave Spadaro.

Foles took 214 first-team reps.

But the news that Foles is the starter isn't really surprising.

Foles started the Eagles' last game that counted too.

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Philadelphia has something of a quarterback controversy underfoot, with Carson Wentz not quite 100 percent from the knee injury that forced him to miss the end of last season. Having a quality backup quarterback proved to be invaluable for the Eagles in 2017 as Foles stepped in and helped clinch the win in Los Angeles to secure the NFC East title for the Eagles.

Last week, Pederson announced he would make his decision on September 31, the day after their final preseason game, but would not tell anyone except his team until he would be forced to reveal it the day of the game. It was the Super Bowl, and he won MVP leading the team to a championship.

Two reports over the weekend made him change his thinking. Pederson, in the middle of a testy news conference Sunday, admitted Carson Wentz hadn't even been cleared for contact. It isn't. Wentz not playing in Week 1 doesn't make how he looked the past few weeks mean any less.

Wentz would not be able to play without medical clearance for contact, so the revelation that he has not been cleared would suggest he will be out on Thursday.

That could have been the real source of Pederson's frustration, considering he has seen what everyone else has whenever Wentz takes the field for practice: A game-ready, franchise player who says he's ready to go and proves it every day. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday the Eagles were planning to start Foles. It's Foles, and that's just fine with the Eagles. You must hear this!

NIck Foles Expected To Start The Philadelphia Eagles' Season Opener