There is no denying that figuring out the quarterback position is the Jacksonville Jaguars’ biggest task in the 2019 offseason, and there seems to be increasing momentum to the thought that Nick Foles will be under center for the Jags next season.
Earlier in the week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that the Philadelphia Eagles plan to use the franchise tag on Foles, and then trade him away, with Jacksonville being the Philly’s preferred trade destination for Foles — not only keeping him out of the NFC East division, but keeping him out of the entire National Football Conference.
Now ESPN is doubling down on its belief that Foles will play his home games at TIAA Bank Field in 2019. Staff writer Dan Graziano revealed his 10 NFL bold predictions for 2019, and the first prediction on the list was that the Jaguars will acquire Foles this offseason. There was a second part to this, though, as Graziano also believes the Jags will miss the playoffs despite getting their veteran quarterback.
Here is what Graziano had to say:
This is not to diminish the talents of Mr. Foles, and woe unto the rest of the AFC South if those teams let him hang in contention until mid-December. But the Jaguars team we predict Foles to be joining is not of the same caliber as the Eagles teams for which he performed his late-season and postseason magic the past two years. I believe the Eagles will work with Foles and allow him to have some say in where he ends up.
I also believe they’re wary of him ending up in the NFC East with Washington or the Giants, and directing him to a faraway AFC destination like Jacksonville will be more appealing to Howie Roseman & Co. Jacksonville’s hiring of former Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator could make the Jags appealing to Foles as well.
The John DeFilippo connection is one that has been made many times by both fans and media members alike. DeFilippo was Foles’ quarterback coach in 2017 when he led the Eagles to an impressive postseason run and eventual Super Bowl championship. But, whether or not there is actually any merit to this line of thinking remains to be seen. In fact, head coach Doug Marrone has already stated that DeFilippo’s hiring had absolutely nothing to do with the potential of landing Foles.
Schefter also reported that the Eagles are hoping to acquire a third-round pick for Foles. Coincidently, the Jaguars own two third-round selections in the 2019 NFL Draft after trading Dante Fowler Jr. to the Los Angeles Rams.
So, let’s open this up for discussion. Please note there are two polls below and use the comments section to talk about the potential situation.
Do you see Nick Foles wearing a Jaguars jersey in 2019?
Will Nick Foles be a Jaguar in 2019?
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And if the Jaguars do acquire Foles, do you think Tom Coughlin and co. still draft a quarterback early?
If Nick Foles is on the roster prior to April’s draft, will the Jaguars draft a quarterback in the first two rounds?
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