Kelly: Foles can watch and learn from Brady

Kelly: Foles can watch and learn from Brady
August 13, 2014, 9:00 am
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FOXBORO -- Watch and learn.

That was the gist, in part, of what Eagles coach Chip Kelly hoped his quarterback Nick Foles would be able to do this week since Foles is sharing a practice field with Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady for the second consecutive summer. 

"You're watching a first-ballot Hall of Famer, one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game," Kelly said before Wednesday's joint practice. "I think everybody when you get a chance to watch someone who is as good as they are at their craft, I think you can learn a lot of different things from them.

"That's the unique thing when you get to participate in situations like this. When you're not in, what are you doing? Nick's a student of the game. For him to get a chance to watch Tom up close and personal, in terms of how he interacts, what he does pre-snap, what he's doing post snap -- a lot of times that you don't see on film because the camera's not on him -- anybody can garner something from that. When you get a chance to see a player as special as Tom is, I think it's a credit to this whole operation in terms of what we can get accomplished. Not only in the work we can get, but when you're watching other people work."

After Tuesday's workout, Foles said his first-hand study of Brady's work had already commenced.

"Of course, Tom's one of the best to ever play the game," Foles told "It's great to watch him and see how he conducts an offense and where he throws a ball. It's great being out here from a learning standpoint."

Foles added: "He puts the ball where a receiver can get it, and he's smart with it. If he has underneath stuff, he takes it right away and he moves on to the next play. I think that's big. He's really good at play-action fakes. And movement in the pocket. I think everyone notices his movement in the pocket and moving away from pressure."

Foles will have three more days to watch Brady work. The Eagles and Patriots will practice outdoors on Wednesday despite rainy conditions at Gillette Stadium and then the two teams will conduct walkthroughs on Thursday. Friday night's preseason game will take place at 7:30 p.m. though it's not yet been announced whether or not Brady will play.