— Chip Kelly remains unconcerned. So does Nick Foles.
Yet the fact remains that the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was interecepted as many times (two) in his preseason opener against the Chicago Bears on Friday night as he was the entire regular season and postseason a year ago.
Sunday, before the team practiced at Franklin Field, coach Kelly tried to explain the fluke factor behind Foles' struggles.
"There is not one thing," Kelly said. "It's just the combination obviously in that whole group, and everybody contributes to it. The penalties set us back. … On the one throw on second-and-4, he probably should have just thrown it away. I think he's trying to make something happen in that situation, and he knows that. We had a twist game on the other interception where he got moved off his point a little bit, but he's still got to set his feet and throw the ball. Sometimes you don't have to complete every pass. Sometimes an incompletion is better than an interception. Those are just lessons that he'll learn from.
"But that is the one thing about Nick is he always learns when he's put in a situation where he makes a mistake; he usually bounces back and doesn't make that mistake again."
Wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeff Maehl returned to practice on Sunday. The team also announced that center Julian Vandervelde is out indefinitely after having back surgery. RB Chris Polk remains out with a hamstring strain. RB Matthew Tucker and LB Casey Matthews, who left Friday's game with unspecified injuries, are expected back this week, according to Kelly.
Play of the day
TE Zach Ertz with a diving catch of a deep pass from Mark Sanchez in final team session.
WR Ifeanyi Momah. Continues to get repetitions with first team and make solid catches.
WR Jeff Maehl. Returned from injury on Sunday but had trouble breaking free from coverage throughout.
In the spotlight
Defensive tackle Beau Allen. The rookie seventh-round draft pick from Wisconsin played extensive snaps Friday night and generated surprising pressure as a pass rusher.
"He does, for a 335-pound guy, have some suddenness to him," coach Chip Kelly said, "and he's got a knack and feel of how to win the hand battle up front. It's just impressive when you have a nose that has a little bit of a pass rush to him. I think it's a bonus of what he brings to us."
Merrill Reese says …
"I think 45 catches and 650 yards are realistic for [rookie receiver] Jordan Matthews this year."
The Eagles, who did not wear pads or hit on Sunday, have another light practice (walk-through) Monday. That will be followed by padded joint practices at New England on Tuesday and Wednesday.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun