Foles at QB again as Eagles visit Tampa Bay

Nick Foles will start for the second consecutive game at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles when they travel south to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium.Carson Wentz, who suffered two torn ligaments in his left knee last December, still hasn’t been cleared for contact. Foles was named the Most Valuable Player and led the Eagles (1-0) to their first Super Bowl title, a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in February.Foles wasn’t spectacular in the 2018 season opener, an 18-12 win over the Atlanta Falcons, but he was effective at times, going 19 of 34 for 117 yards and one interception while also catching a 15-yard pass.Foles is 2-0 all-time at Tampa Bay, with victories in 2012 and ’13.In the six-point win over the Falcons, Foles seemed to struggle throwing the ball downfield. It was a trend that didn’t go unnoticed by the coaching staff.”I think just try to find him easy completions,” Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh told reporters. “Not unlike a lot of the quarterbacks, you like to get in the flow of the game, get a completion, or to use a basketball analogy, find a nice, easy open shot or a layup. Kind of find your rhythm early and get going.”Wentz’s return date remains questionable, though he continues to improve.”That’s what we’ve really seen since he came back in 11-on-11 as training camp progressed, his lower body strength, his upper body strength all trending in the right direction,” coach Doug Pederson told reporters.Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is likely to miss his second consecutive game with a sore shoulder. Pederson said that Jeffery is expected back on the field for 11-on-11 drills but not team drills just yet.The Buccaneers (1-0), meanwhile, opened the season with a stunning 48-40 win on the road against the New Orleans Saints.

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