TOP JAGUARS OF 2019: #7
And the list rolls on ...
We've gone through the first three players on my Top 10 Jaguars of 2019 list. Dede Westbrook came in at ten, Andrew Norwell at nine, and Myles Jack landed at number eight.
It's fitting that the man who will don the number seven for the Jaguars in 2019 also comes in at seven on the list. That's right: Nick Foles is the seventh-best Jaguar of 2019.
If I were ranking players in terms of importance to the team's overall success, Foles would undoubtedly be ranked higher, but here I'm listing the players not their positional importance.
With a solid 2019 campaign, Foles could finish much higher on this list next year, but going off what he's done throughout his career and in recent seasons, seven feels like the right spot.
Foles is very accurate in the short to intermediate areas of the field. He's also got plus arm strength and throws a beautiful deep ball. He has the size to easily see over the top of the defensive line and deliver strikes on time. Seem like the perfect QB?
Not so fast. Foles, without question, brings a lot to the table as a QB but he does have shortcomings. Every once in a while, he delivers a pass that makes you scratch your head and wonder "what the hell was that guy thinking?"
The 30-year-old QB isn't going to help you much when it comes to extending plays with his legs. He's not going to get a lot of first downs on broken plays.
Foles has also struggled to stay consistently healthy throughout his career. He's never started more than 11 games in a season. The blame for that can't go all on his health though; he's rarely been in a position where he was the firmly entrenched starter.
Over the last two seasons in Philly (one of which was with the Jaguars' current offensive coordinator as his quarterback coach) Foles has been impressive by almost any measure. Yes, we all know he won Super Bowl MVP in a decisive victory over the Patriots less than two years ago, but Foles did a lot more than that for the Eagles. His record in '17-'18 is a staggering 10-3 as the starter. He completed 67.2 percent of his passes during that prolific run and threw 21 touchdown passes and added a touchdown catch oh the Philly Special.
His impressive resume over the last couple of years makes him a definite upgrade over Blake Bortles. While Foles is a much more physically gifted passer of the football than the Jaguars' former QB, he's also a better student of the game and leader. Foles is a player that teammates have raved about for years and it's already begun in Duval. He's practically a coach on the field when it comes to knowing where everyone is supposed to be on offense. And he takes the time to get to know each and every teammate to develop trust when the game is on the line.
The bottom line is that Nick Foles is a legitimate starting QB, something that Jaguars fans haven't seen in nearly a decade.
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