Nick Foles was the cream of the crop among this year’s free agent QB class. It is not very often that a Super Bowl MVP QB reaches free agency in his prime. Jacksonville was in desperate need of new leadership on the offensive side of the ball and leapt at the opportunity to bring Foles to Duval County. Throughout his career Nick Foles has truly experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. It will be interesting to see which QB the Jaguars will be fielding in the coming season. With that said let us take a look at the fantasy and dynasty implications of this move.
Philadelphia: For the sake of brevity I will address the Philadelphia side of this signing in one section. The Eagles were fortunate enough to field two franchise level signal callers over the past two years. Foles skyrocketed back to relevance two years ago when he filled in for an injured Carson Wentz and led the Eagles to an improbable Super Bowl title. As long as Wentz is able to maintain his health moving forward they should experience very little effect from the loss of Foles. You can see from his career stats below that Foles has had both his moments of brilliance in Philly as well as times he would like to forget. However, no matter what he does with the rest of his career Nick Foles will be forever remembered in Philadelphia for his magical Super Bowl run.
Jacksonville: Just two short years ago the Jaguars took the Patriots down to the wire in their bid to face the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. Many analysts have suggested that Jacksonville is just a Quarterback away from again challenging for the AFC crown. Let us take a look at a position by position breakdown of how the Nick Foles signing affects the Jaguars fantasy situations.
QB: The most obvious winner of this free agent signing is Nick Foles himself. No longer will he be the backup looking to simply fill in for an injured starter. In his past Foles has both succeeded and failed in the role of a full-time starter. His 2013 campaign in Philadelphia was a dazzling display of just how good he could be over the course of an entire season. His 27/2 TD to INT ration that season was truly special. Jacksonville is hoping that is the QB they will be seeing on Sunday’s in the coming seasons. Despite the immense potential Foles has displayed over the course of his career he has also fallen flat in the past as evidenced by his catastrophic run as the starter for the St. Louis Rams. One of the main benefits of Jacksonville as a destination is the fact that John Defilippo will be his new offensive coordinator. Defilippo was his Quarterback’s coach in Philadelphia during his Super Bowl run. Both the OC and QB are extremely familiar with each other lending itself to a much smoother transition as Foles learns his new system. While there is certainly some risk of failure for Nick Foles in Jacksonville the potential reward is well worth the gamble as you can see from his career highlights below.
RB: Throughout his career Nick Foles has shown that he is more than capable of involving the RB in the pass game. He possesses plenty of touch to hit his RB underneath. To this point in his career Leonard Fournette has not been heavily involved in the passing attack. The Jaguars front office has chosen to allow TJ Yeldon to depart in free agency opening up a significant amount of targets for the position group. I fully anticipate Jacksonville drafting a complimentary RB in the first few rounds of the upcoming draft. No matter who they bring in Leonard Fournette will be given his shot at claiming all the work he can handle. The addition of Nick Foles should command a little more respect from opposing defenses allowing more room for Leonard Fournette to operate. The addition of Foles should be a benefit for the RB group as a whole.
WR: The Jacksonville WR group stands to benefit all around as a result of the Foles addition. While it is true that Blake Bortles was a beloved teammate he displayed multiple times over his career a lack of overall accuracy. On the flip side Nick Foles has shown himself to be capable on all levels of the field from underneath to intermediate to deep routes. Foles should be an upgrade for the unit. Marqise Lee and Dede Westbrook appear to be the top two receivers heading into the offseason. Chris Conley was also brought in from Kansas City to provide another big bodied target. One of my personal favorite sleepers heading into the season will be last year’s 2nd round pick DJ Chark. The former LSU Tiger stands at an imposing 6’3 200 lbs. and sports a 4.34 40 to go along with a 40’ vertical. We all heard multiple times over the last two seasons how Nick Foles loved to throw up jump balls to Alshon Jeffrey due to his basketball background. He loved to allow his big outside receiver the go up and pull down the rebound. Chark has some of the same raw skills as Jeffrey and could develop a nice rapport with his new QB.
TE: Nick Foles has displayed the ability to heavily involve the TE positon throughout his career. Jacksonville seems to be in the market for a new TE moving forward. The Jaguars front office attempted to address the positon last year when they signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Needless to say the ASJ experiment did not work and the team will go back to the drawing board. Jacksonville could be a prime landing spot for one of the upper echelon rookie TE’s in the coming NFL draft. Conclusion: Jacksonville was my top destination for a new QB going into the offseason. Just two short years ago the Jaguars were on the cusp of reaching the Super Bowl. The team has pinned its hopes for getting over the hump on the former Super Bowl MVP. Foles will bring a level of legitimacy to Duval County that the team simply did not possess previously. With an interesting cast of weapons at his disposal and an OC who he is intimately familiar with Foles should settle in as a back end QB1 to high end QB2. In
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