OPINION: Foles Skips OTA Sessions After Goff Arrives
Nick Foles is not comfortable with the Los Angeles Rams selection in this year’s NFL Draft, and when the young buck showed up for Organized Team Activities, Foles gave head coach Jeff Fisher and the rest of the Rams the horns.
After exuding the leadership skills necessary to hold the reins of the Rams budding offense by becoming intimately involved when training began April 18, Foles has cried fowl since L.A. drafted California quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick April 28.
The incumbent quarterback appears to be munching on some sour grapes, refusing to show up since the Rams selected the 6-foot-4, 215-pound rookie, in a move that was expected for nearly a month ahead of the draft, one that became know more for a mask, than for the men realizing their lifelong dreams.
Foles may still be a little butt-hurt over the mid-season benching he received after starting the first nine games of 2015. Fisher called backup, Case Keenum‘s number instead after Foles stumbled to a 4-5 start, throwing a pedestrian seven touchdowns. The former Philadelphia Eagle also fumbled five times, turning the ball over 11 times in nine starts when adding in six interceptions.
Being that OTAs are voluntary, Foles will not be fined for his absence, but it won’t do him any favors with Fisher either, after the signal-caller worked his way out of the head coach’s doghouse this off-season.
Few will likely feel sorrow for Foles, whom collected a $6 million roster bonus in March and is scheduled to make a guaranteed $1.75 million in the 2016 campaign.
The uneasiness highlights a sharp contrast between Foles’ current team from his former stomping grounds in Philly, where Sam Bradford and No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz are getting along swimmingly, according to reports.
Though there where loud whispers that Bradford was looking for a trade after feeling slighted by General Manager Howie Roseman’s pick, skipping two weeks of voluntary workouts in protest, the former Oklahoma Sooner circled the wagons and returned to the team.
Since, the waters of the Schuykill have calmed. It appears that Bradford is spreading the brotherly love in the Eagles’ quarterback room, an odd occurrence when considering Foles and Bradford were traded for each other last off-season and neither quarterback seemed excited about it at the time.
Despite Foles’ on-field protest, he can always fall back on the 175 million pennies he’ll be keeping in his pocket in 2016, no matter if he plays a single snap.
So don’t expect any chirping from Foles, maybe in two weeks he’ll be giving the rookie pointers. Or maybe not.
But seriously, who doesn’t love the drama of a quarterback controversy?
They are in Hollywood now, after all.
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