So yeah, you can go ahead and make that Nick Foles waiver claim now, Michael Vick owners in deep leagues.
At his Monday morning press conference Eagles head coach Andy Reid addressed his starting quarterback’s head injury. He peered through the cobwebs, and what he saw was frightening.
From Tim McManus:
Andy Reid on Monday said that Michael Vick has a “pretty significant concussion.”While the head coach was not ready to rule Vick out, it sounds unlikely that he would be ready to play Sunday in Washington.
“He was a little foggy last night after the incident. Today, he’s resting. Right now, this period it’s very important that he get some rest,” said Reid. “He has a headache, a pretty good one. He’s tired.”
When harsh words like “pretty significant” are tossed around, that strongly hints at an absence that will be longer than just one week (and if Andy Reid wishes to remain employed in Philadelphia, Vick could be “rested” for the remainder of the season, according to Jason Cole’s sources). But concussions are highly unpredictable, and for what it’s worth Vick will have an extra day to recover prior to Philly’s Week 12 game against Dallas on Monday Night Football. So for now while we assess Foles’ outlook in what will most likely be his first NFL regular-season start in Week 11, let’s just focus on the here and now.
And when we do that, we see a nice, inviting landing spot for a rookie quarterback who largely looked like a rookie quarterback against the Cowboys yesterday and their strong pass rush led by DeMarcus Ware, and quality secondary featuring Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. That’s because the Redskins are up next for those fightin’ Eagles, and while Robert Griffin III will surely provide us with some more Philadelphia defensive comedy as he slices a poor run defense and an underachieving pass defense, the ‘Skins are something far less than intimidating themselves defensively.
They’re the not-so-proud owners of the league’s 30th-ranked secondary, a unit that’s giving up an average of 301.7 yards per game, one of only three defenses allowing more than 300 yards through the air weekly. Then there’s also the lack of quarterback pressure the Redskins have been able to apply following the loss of Brian Orakpo earlier this year, allowing offensive lines to key on Ryan Kerrigan while attempting to keep their QB upright. They’ve recorded only 14 sacks, which is bad enough for 26th, and it’s only four sacks better than the last place Jaguars.
With speed options in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin at his disposal, there’s an opportunity for immediate production here from Foles, an opportunity appealing enough that even those in leagues with more moderate depth (12 teams or less) can justify a waiver claim if they’re bracing for Eli Manning’s bye, and the matchups elsewhere on your bench aren’t nearly as inviting. Manning is the only notable quarterback sitting out next week in what’s mercifully the end of byes.
If you’re a fan of faith leaping and you have a spot to fill, take that running jump with a Foles claim, because matchups for rookie starting debuts don’t get much better than this.