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Nick Foles says returning to backup role will test him

Can Nick Foles lead the Eagles in Carson Wentz's stead?
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl victory, but he’s heading back to the bench in 2018. And it won’t be a painless move for the quarterback.

In an interview with Peter King of Football Morning in America, Foles acknowledged there will be tough moments and said he’ll lean on his faith while taking on this unique situation.

“There’s a lot of great growth that goes on with it. I’ll be able to show my daughter down the road that with these opportunities that arise, there’s trials, and challenges. I sort of get excited because it’s really gonna test my heart. It’s gonna test who I am.”

Foles knows his role is serving as the backup to Carson Wentz, who would’ve remained an MVP candidate in 2017 had a knee injury not ended his season.

Although head coach Doug Pederson says he has “no idea” when Wentz will be cleared, the expectation is he’ll be available for Week 1.

So, Foles will return to a familiar place on the sideline. Since he’ll be a free agent next spring, though, Foles must take advantage of every opportunity — whether preseason work, mop-up duty during the campaign or as an injury replacement again.

Without question, it won’t be easy to accept. But Foles’ character could shine through this season.