My Scouting Report for Nick Foles

Nick Foles

Team : Chicago Bears | Sports : Football | Position : QB | Status : Out for Season | Location :United States

Player Scouting Report

Players Scouting Reviewer : myles.whitmore . Position :Quarterback [QB]

Arm Strength/Power
Nick Foles has good arm strength relative to other QBs but doesn't have the same arm strength as other QBs, like Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, and Carson Wentz.
Short Accuracy (1-10 yds)
Nick Foles is effective at short-level accuracy and specializes at checking it down and finding open guys at the short-range.
Imtermediate Accuracy (10-20 yds)
Nick Foles has great intermediate accuracy due to his impeccable vision and ability to complete passes that slice through zone coverage or beat tight coverage along the sideline.
Long Accuracy (20+ yds)
Nick Foles displayed impressive deep ball accuracy by finding open receivers deep down the field. This is due to the fact that Foles was consistently aware of where the safety was on the field.
Pocket Presence
Nick Foles is comfortable in the pocket and knows when to step up. He also knows when to throw the ball away and doesn't hold the ball too long.
Nick Foles is only effective at running the ball with QB sneaks but lacks the mobility to maneuver the pocket to avoid defensive linemen. He also isn't able to run away from pressure in the pocket.
While Foles doesn't throw the ball into many contested areas, he frequently misses open receivers down the field or at the intermediate level.
Foles often displays poor mechanics when pressure is in his face. For instance, he is prone to throw off his back foot or position his arms/legs in a poor stance.
Nick Foles hasn't had any major injuries since he suffered a severe collarbone injury in 2014 that limited him to only playing 8 games. The only other injuries he's suffered are shoulder, concussion and hand injuries that didn't keep him out for extended periods of time.
Foles displayed impeccable leadership skills throughout the 2018 playoffs and the 2018-2019 regular and post-season.
Game Management
Foles is an excellent game manager who rarely forces a throw into a bad area. In addition, he is extremely effective and efficient on 3rd down. However, he rarely pushes the ball down the field, which leads to a lackluster offense at times.
Nick Foles rarely forces a throw into a highly contested area. However, he also misses open receivers down the field and is too content with checking the ball down.
Foles has a good 6'6" height and 243 lb frame.
Foles is never going to outrun a defensive end and would be lucky to outrun the majority of defensive tackles.
Play-Making Ability
Foles is a legitimate threat to pull off a big play as a result of his arm strength but is too content with dinking and dunking to be a constant threat.
Foles accumulated an impressive 286.6 passing yards/game, but his 7:4 TD: INT ratio is rather underwhelming. Moreover, whenever Foles is inserted as a full-time starter, his stats/production rarely matches up with his hype.
Foles has the poise, demeanor, chemistry, and vision necessary to uplift his teammates and pull his team into a good position.
Nick Foles has no red flags and is beloved by his teammates and coaches.
Foles is a rather inconsistent QB, who had the two best PFF (pro football focus) grades and Eagles QB has ever had, and the three worst PFF grades an Eagles Qb has ever received. He can have one game where he throws 400+ yards and toss for 4+ TDs one week, and throw less than 200 yards and throw 3 INTs the next week.
Nick Foles' is his ability to target open receivers and deliver a good, clean pass to them, especially at the short or intermediate level. Even if there is pressure in Foles' face, he stays calm, steps up in the pocket and can deliver an excellent pass to his WR or RB. As a result, Foles was one of the best quarterbacks at dealing with blitzes and checking the ball down, or delivering a dart 20+ yards down the field. Foles was also exceptional at fitting the ball into tight-window areas, and still giving his receiver space to pick up YAC. Also, Foles is never daunted by big moments and has the demeanor and poise to come up with big plays in the biggest games. Foles also has a calm demeanor and playing style needed to be a competent game manager, especially on 3rd and 4th down.
While Nick Foles' vision is at times a strength, it can also be one of his most significant weaknesses, because he frequently misses wide-open receivers at the intermediate and deep levels. Consequently, he is prone to literally check the ball down over and over and over again rather than push the ball down the field to keep the secondary honest. Moreover, due to his poor mechanics, Foles often makes an errant throw that gets tipped or intercepted. As a result, Foles desperately needs to refine his mechanics, especially for the rare times he tries to make a throw on the run. Another area where Foles needs to improve is his consistency, as he can have one game where he throws 400+ yards and toss for 4+ TDs one week, and throw less than 200 yards and throw 3 INTs the next week. Lastly, Foles is never going to have the speed of a track star, and as a result, he isn't great at evading pressure.
Overall Analysis
Nick Foles is the perfect quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Due to Jaguars lack of a formidable WR threat, they need a QB like Foles, who knows when to check the ball down and won't regularly target receivers in heavily contested areas. While he isn't going to over target contested WRs, Foles has the arm talent to place the ball in positions that can beat tight coverage. Moreover, Foles is an extremely efficient QB on 3rd down and is good at handling blitzes. With John DeFilippo (Nick Foles' former quarterback coach) as the offensive coordinator for the Jaguars, Foles should be an efficient QB for the Jags. However, at this point of Nick Foles' career, and due to his tendency to be an inconsistent QB from week-to-week, he is not going to be a reliable franchise QB of the future.
Compares to
Dwayne Haskins with more inconsistency
Untapped potential
peak potential
post peak