Wildcats in the NFL

Former Arizona Wildcats QB Nick Foles has more believers after yesterday’s performance

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Nick Foles continues to make things difficult for Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who is non-committal to making the former Arizona Wildcats quarterback the permanent starter in place of the injured Michael Vick.

“I thought Nick played really well,” Kelly said in the postgame press conference. “But I don’t deal in hypotheticals or make predictions. We’ll see how Mike is (health-wise) and go from there. We’ll evaluate everything.”

Foles completed 22 of 31 passes for 296 yards and no interceptions and three touchdowns, two of them beautiful long strikes to DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper, in the Eagles’ 31-20 win at Tampa Bay.

Foles would be a shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he only played Tampa Bay in his career. Two of his seven career NFL starts are against the Buccaneers (including last year). In the two games, Foles has accounted for 677 yards, seven touchdowns — five passing and two rushing — and no interceptions.

RELATED: Philly.com is running a poll asking readers who should start Sunday against Dallas: Foles or Vick?


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Quick hits

Some New England teammates reportedly question why Rob Gronkowski has yet to return

Some New England teammates reportedly question why Rob Gronkowski has yet to return

— Former UA tight end Rob Gronkowski’s prolonged absence is reportedly causing tension in the New England locker room, according to ESPN. My opinion: Don’t some of his teammates know he was rushed into playing before and it made his injury situation worse? Gronk wants to play and he should wait until he is 100 percent.

Juron Criner has yet to be activated for any of Oakland’s game this year not because the Raiders don’t believe in him; they just don’t see him as one of their top four receivers as of now, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

— Veteran Lance Briggs must be counted on more than ever for the injury-depleted Bears defense, according to the Chicago Tribune.

— Briggs’ teammate Eben Britton, formerly of Arizona, is an extra offensive lineman who was used on 24 plays against the New York Giants last Thursday,

Antoine Cason is adapting to his new role as a special teams and nickel back player with the Arizona Cardinals.

Earl Mitchell and Fendi Onobun were part of Texas high school programs that have sent multiple players to the NFL ranks.

Nick Folk made two more field goals yesterday for the New York Jets to improve to 13-for-13 on the season.

This site will periodically run statistic updates on former Wildcats who are active in the NFL throughout the season. The stats below are through Sunday’s games.

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* — Gronkowski and Criner were listed as inactive in the first six weeks

An overall list of UA players active in the NFL:

Lance Briggs, LB, Chicago Bears
Eben Britton, G, Chicago Bears
Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona Cardinals
Juron Criner, WR, Oakland Raiders
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Folk, PK, New York Jets
Robert Golden, S, Pittsburgh Steelers
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Spencer Larsen, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Earl Mitchell, NT, Houston Texans
Brooks Reed, LB, Houston Texans

List of former UA players on practice squads:

Dan Buckner, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fendi Onobun, TE, Chicago Bears
D’Aundre Reed, DE, San Francisco 49ers
Matt Scott, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report, Lindy’s College Sports and TucsonCitizen.com.


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