3 new NFC North players the Vikings should worry about in 2020

(Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) Nick Foles
(Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) Nick Foles /
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Nick Foles – QB (Chicago Bears)

The Chicago Bears traded for Nick Foles this offseason and now he’ll come in and compete against Mitch Trubisky to be the team’s starting quarterback.

Let’s not kid ourselves, Foles is an average passer at best. But even competent quarterback play would be an improvement over Trubisky and it could be the difference between the Bears contending or being bottom feeders in the NFC North in 2020.

Trubisky has simply not lived up to the hype of being the No. 2 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. He has very poor vision and he just doesn’t see his wide receivers when they are wide open.

Trubisky will also force the ball in tight spots and he is good for a couple of turnovers a game. His play has cost Chicago more games than it has helped them win and getting a player who could eliminate some of those bad decisions will be huge for the team next season.

Foles is coming off a poor season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He started four games in 2019 and lost them all. During these contests, he threw for 736 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Foles is a bit of an odd quarterback because he can look as bad as he did last year at times, but then get hot and put together strings of games where he is simply on fire.

He had a magical run in the 2017 playoffs and during his 2013 season with the Philadelphia Eagles, he finished with 2,891 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, two interceptions, and a 119.2 quarterback rating. Unlike Trubisky, he has proven he can be successful at the NFL level.

Foles is a great fit as a run-pass option quarterback in Matt Nagy’s system that relies on pre-snap motion and hiding where the ball is going at all times. He won’t lock onto one target the way Trubisky does and he won’t make a lot of the same poor throws.

Foles is by no means a great quarterback, but he can beat out Trubisky in camp this summer. If he even has an average season, the Bears’ offense will be vastly improved and that is something that should greatly concern the Vikings.