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Eagles' QB Nick Foles gets chance to prove himself for rest of season

With Michael Vick on the shelf for the rest of the season, quarterback Nick Foles will get a chance to prove himself as the long-time starter for the Eagles.

Tom Pennington

The Philadelphia Eagles are in a season of disarray, but with quarterback Michael Vick out for the remainder of the season, rookie signal caller Nick Foles will get the chance to prove to the franchise that they have a legitimate option at quarterback for the foreseeable future.

Bob Ford of Philly.com writes on Wednesday that the play of Foles over the last four weeks of the regular season could play a large factor in the Eagles' future at the position.

Ford writes:

"The circumstances of this season have changed all that, however, and Foles has four more games to convince the organization he can be relied upon as a quarterback for the future. Andy Reid moved him to the top of the depth chart this week, and that is where he will stay until Reid or a successor removes him. Foles may have begun the season as a low-profile rookie with nothing but a baseball cap on his head, but now he has the team, and his future, on his shoulders."

In four games, Foles has thrown for 793 yards, completing 61 percent of his throws. He has two touchdowns and three interceptions. Against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday night, the rookie from the University of Arizona completed 22 of 34 passes for 251 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.

Ford continues in his article, saying this offseason figures to be frantic enough for the Eagles, and the knowledge of having a stable player in the quarterback spot would be crucial:

"What then, indeed, and for an organization that will head into the offseason with a bushel basket of unanswered questions, it would be helpful if the identity of the starting quarterback was not among them."

Foles and the Eagles take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday in Week 14 at 1 p.m. ET.