The Jaguars were back on the practice field Tuesday with the latest of their voluntary “Organized Team Activities” or OTAs. However, their prized free agent quarterback, Nick Foles, was not with the team.
Coach Doug Marrone confirmed to the media prior to the workout that Foles had been excused from the OTAs the rest of this week for what’s being described as a personal matter:
Marrone on Foles: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick and his family. … The football part (of planning practice without him), we’ll just figure that out.” #Jaguars
— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) May 28, 2019
While we await further clarification on what the issue is, it’s obviously something serious enough keep Foles away from the voluntary practices that are going on.
Just last week, new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who came to Jacksonville in part to try to lure Foles to rejoin him in North Florida, was raving about Foles and his leadership already on and off the field with the Jaguars.
Difilippo was the quarterback coach in Philadelphia, when Foles took over for the injured Carson Wentz and the Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl two years ago defeating the Patriots in Minnesota to capture the Lombardi Trophy. Foles also replaced Wentz due to injury late last year, and helped the Eagles upset the Bears in the NFC Wildcard round at Soldier Field.
It is Foles 4th different team in his career, and he’s now, trying to get acclimated to new teammates like RB Leonard Fournette and work with young receivers like D.J. Chark and Dede Westbrook in the Spring months.
Last week, VP of football Tom Coughlin revealed that Foles has been going over to Fournette’s home to go over DeFilippo’s new offensive scheme and sets with him to be better prepared for these workouts.
The Jaguars have a three-day mandatory minicamp coming in 2 weeks starting on June 11th. For now, it is expected that Foles would be back for that depending on whatever is going on with his personal life and family.
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