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Former Arizona quarterback Nick Foles having a nice start to his NFL career

Yong Kim
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles runs with the ball in the third quarter of a preseason game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on Monday, August 20, 2012. The Eagles defeated the Patriots, 27-17. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/MCT)

In April, former Arizona quarterback Nick Foles was drafted into a Philadelphia Eagles organization already set at the quarterback position, at least for the forseeable future.

With a Pro Bowl quarterback like Mike Vick already in place, along with a backup in Mike Kafka, the expectation was for Foles to get a few years to develop before seeing significant playing time in Philly.

After two preseason games, it appears Foles might be starting a bit earlier than expected.

Foles, the UA’s all-time leading passer with 10,068 passing yards, has Eagles head coach Andy Reid talking like he might have found himself a new No. 2 quarterback. His performance in the pre-season thus far certainly helps the cause — he’s passed for 361 yards (third-best in the NFL), with four touchdowns against just one interception.

After Monday’s pre-season game against the New England Patriots, per New Jersey’s Courier-Post, Andy Reid expressed just how impressed he has been with the 6-foot-5-inch rookie.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a rookie quarterback have two preseason games like this,” Reid said.

Against the Patriots, last year’s Super Bowl runner-up, Foles went 18-for-28 and threw 217 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, coming in after Vick hurt his ribs on a big hit and leading the Eagles back from an 11-point deficit to win 27-17.

Senior Matt Scott, the UA’s current starter at quarterback, didn’t get the chance to catch Foles’ latest performance, but he’s been impressed with his former teammate’s play in the NFL thus far.

“I saw some of the highlights,” Scott said. “He looked pretty good. I haven’t talked to him yet but probably in a couple of days I will.”

Vicks injury history — he’s only played one full season in his nine years in the NFL — coupled with a hand injury to Kafka, the expected backup, makes it very likely that Foles might be thrown into the fire sooner than later. He doesn’t seem too worried about that, though.

“It’s really just [about] staying true to who I am,” Foles told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I’m staying calm and playing ball. Playing with confidence. As a quarterback, you have to play with confidence because the guys around you look to you in crisis.”

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