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2015 St. Louis Rams Roster Preview: QB Nick Foles

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Can Nick Foles resurrect Rams fans' optimism in the QB position?

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The St. Louis Rams surprised fans this offseason when they traded long-time (and oft-injured) QB Sam Bradford for the Eagles' QB, Nick Foles. It was a move that no one expected, but could possibly benefit both teams. Now that the Rams have a new QB, the jury is out on how he will fit with the team. Will Foles help take the Rams to a level that they could not reach with Bradford, or will they continue to be average?

Roster Battle

There is no roster battle for Foles. He is "the guy" for the Rams.

Expectations

In 2013, it appeared as though Foles could possibly emerge as a superstar at the quarterback position, throwing for 2,891 yards in 10 starts and 27 touchdowns with two interceptions. Then in 2014, Foles had a down season, throwing for 2,163 yards, 10 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

When poking at realistic expectations for Foles, you have to find out what made his 2014 season turn south. There were a plethora of factors that contributed to the below-average 2014 season:

  1. Teams had a chance to study Eagles head coach Chip Kelly's offense and figured out that Foles is a statue at quarterback.
  2. Foles lost his deep threat in DeSean Jackson.
  3. The Eagles offensive line was pretty bad.
  4. The running game was not strong.

The Rams should be a better fit for Foles, in theory. They've made it very clear that the running game is the main attraction to their offense heading into the upcoming season. They also added an elite talent at running back in Todd Gurley and decided to add offensive linemen that specialized in run blocking during the draft.

The Rams are hoping that the game manager role will be the best role for Foles (think back to Bradford's rookie season way back when), and it very well could be. There is no way to tell at the moment, but it seems possible that his career could turn around with the Rams.

Personally, I am thinking 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. These should be close to where his numbers will be.

Chances of Making The Final Roster (10/10)

The only way Foles is not playing on Sundays is if he is retired or hurt, or is extremely underwhelming.