Nick Foles shaky in Eagles’ preseason loss

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) was intercepted twice and lost a fumble in Thursday's loss at Cleveland.Photo Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles QB Nick Foles: "Obviously, I haven’t been myself and I expect a lot of myself, but I have to keep learning."

The NFL is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league, and not even the reigning Super Bowl Most Valuable Player is immune to that.

Quarterback Nick Foles struggled in the Philadelphia Eagles third preseason game, committing three turnovers in a lackluster 5-0 loss at the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.

Foles final numbers 13 of 17 for 127 yards seemed more than passable, but he was intercepted twice and also committed a fumble.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson could not hide his disappointment when he was asked by FOX Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews if Foles would play in the third quarter.

Im done. Ive seen enough, assessed Peterson. Its very disappointing. He was calm before the game, I thought hed settled in.

Peterson later attempted to clarify his remarks, making a point that he was frustrated with the performance of his entire offense.

We had six possessions. We had two interceptions, two fumbles. We had a sack safety, and we had a turnover on downs. Thats an offensive performance, so I was displeased with what our first offense executed, said Peterson after the game. Im disappointed in the offense. I dont want to single out one player, so dont put this all on Nick. Im disappointed in the offense. Its obviously not what you want in the third preseason week.

Foles also struggled in the previous preseason matchup against the New England Patriots, completing just 3 of 9 passes for 44 yards before he was knocked out of the game with a mild strain to his throwing shoulder.

The MVP of Super Bowl LII after replacing an injury Carson Wentz in December and sparking Philadelphia on its championship run, Foles did not seem overly concerned with Thursdays sub-par effort.

Theres time when I feel good and times when Im making mistakes, Foles told reporters. Its as simple as that. I just have to keep being critical of myself, keep watching the film and understanding whats going on. I have to keep playing, keep going through it. Obviously, I havent been myself and I expect a lot of myself, but I have to keep learning.

Ive played this game a long time, I know how to address this and keep moving forward while keeping that positive outlook.

Foles is drawing added scrutiny due to the uncertainly surrounding Wentz, who hopes to be back for the regular-season opener after tearing his ACL and LCL in December.

He finished the season pretty well last year, Pederson said of Foles. We know who he is and what we need to do to get him ready to go, and again, were still pretty vanilla offensively. We havent done any of our RPO game. Those are all things that are part of his strengths, too, so weve got to make sure that when we put game plans together moving forward, that were utilizing his strengths too.

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