Nick Foles (USA Today Sports)
Nick Foles (USA Today Sports)

The Philadelphia Eagles' decision to bring back Nick Foles appears to be one of the smartest moves of the offseason.

Doug Pederson will start Foles in the season opener on Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons ahead of rehabbing Carson Wentz. It's not a shock given that Wentz hadn't yet been cleared for contact.

“Nick Foles is the starter and we have complete confidence, obviously, in what he can do,” Pederson told Dave Spadaro of the team's website. “We’re ready to go with Nick.”

Wentz, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL and LCL in his knee late in 2017, continues to rehab and should return soon. But the early season opener is apparently too soon for the Eagles to feel comfortable about their franchise QB hitting the field.

The Eagles already will be without wide receiver Alshon Jeffery for at least the first two games.

Foles struggled a bit in limited action this preseason, completing 16-of-26 passes (61.5 percent) for 171 yards, two interceptions and six sacks, including a safety against the Browns. But his play down the stretch last season — including a playoff victory over the Falcons — allowed the Eagles to win their first-ever Super Bowl.

In the win over the Patriots, Foles was named Super Bowl MVP, throwing for 373 yards and three TDs, also catching his first ever TD reception — the infamous "Philly Special" play — in the Eagles' 41-33 victory.