As North Florida gets ready for the Jaguars to head to training camp later this month to hopefully have a bounce-back 2019, obviously, one of the biggest keys will be the play of newly-acquired quarterback Nick Foles.
And on Tuesday morning, the “Good Morning Football” show on NFL Network debated what free agent could have a “Kawhi Leonard-like” impact in his first year with a new team. As you probably know, Leonard made the most of being traded to the Toronto Raptors, as he led them to the NBA Title last month.
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Obviously, under the premise that Leonard had previously won a championship being part of the San Antonio Spurs before he was was traded to the Toronto Raptors last off season, is not dissimilar to what the situation is with Foles, now.
As host Kay Adams pointed out, Foles proved “championship worthy” leading the Eagles in the playoffs two years ago and the Super Bowl 52 upset of the New England Patriots.
As Adams said Tuesday morning,
“If Nick Foles can go in there and bring this team together, be a mature presence in that locker room I think that he switches everything and makes the biggest impact really on the NFL as far as guys who switched teams.”
The Jaguars are certainly hoping so as they have paid Foles a team record $50 million guaranteed on his four-year free-agent deal back in March. And, they even hired his former quarterback coach John DeFilippo to come in and run the offense. So clearly, they are attempting to recreate the magic that happened in January of 2018, when those two were together.
And, Foles is already shown leadership and the ability to set the right tone for the offense during the Jags off season program. We wrote in May about V.P. of Football Tom Coughlin raving about that point, when he said in an interview then,
“The way he’s gone about it is very interesting. He works his teammates really, really well. You used the word ‘selfless?’ That’s the word he uses. I think the second day he’s here, he’s over at (Leonard) Fournette’s and they’re going over installation for that day…. He’s out there working just like everybody else is out there working. And, his presence is what’s important. It’s like that thing that I insinuate a lot… ‘Don’t tell me. Show me.’ Let’s stop so much verbaige and let’s work it.”
Speaking of the Eagles, co-host and former NFL receiver kick returner Nate Burleson went with new free agent running back Jordan Howard making such a turnaround for Philadelphia and their running game.
Meanwhile, co-host Kyle Brandt said Tuesday morning that he’ll take Odell Beckham, Jr. coming to the Browns via the trade with the Giants, as the “Kawhi-like” one year impact in Cleveland that may put them over the top.
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