PHILADELPHIA - Before the Eagles selected quarterback Nick Foles in the third round of the NFL draft last April, they at least toyed with the idea of moving way up in the first round to take quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Eagles coach Andy Reid interviewed Griffin during the annual scouting combine in Indianapolis last February and gave Griffin the impression that he may be playing home games at Lincoln Financial Field. Instead, Washington drafted him No. 2 overall and the Eagles will be playing against him Sunday at FedEx Field.
"I met with the Eagles and coach Reid told me they were very interested in me," Griffin said Wednesday in a phone interview. "Obviously, things didn't work out. I'm with the Redskins now and I'm proud to be here."
The Eagles did move up in the draft, but not high enough. They went from 15th to 12th and drafted defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.
Cox has had a solid rookie season. He started the last three games for the Eagles and registered his second sack of the season in last Sunday's 38-23 loss to Dallas. His 40 tackles lead all of the Eagles' defensive linemen.
Meanwhile, Griffin has emerged as one of the NFL's most exciting player. He is the top-ranked rookie quarterback with a 93.9 efficiency rating and leads all NFL quarterbacks in rushing with 529 yards and six touchdowns on 81 carries (6.5 yards per carry).
Foles made his NFL debut in relief of injured Michael Vick last Sunday and threw for 219 yards with one touchdown. But he also threw an interception and lost a fumble, both of which resulted in Cowboys' touchdowns.
"I love talking to all of those quarterbacks (at the combine) and (Griffin) was one of them," Reid said Wednesday. "We weren't in a position where we were going to be picking him, but I wanted to see what he was all about and I liked what I saw.
"I have a lot of confidence in Nick. That's why we brought him here."
Jake Scott to the rescue
New Eagles offensive lineman Jake Scott arrived at the NovaCare Complex Wednes-day in time for practice.
Depending on how quickly he can pick up the Eagles' offense, he could see action as soon as Sunday against the Redskins.
"My job is to fit in wherever they need me," Scott said. "I have to be ready this Sunday."
Scott, 31, has plenty of experience. He started 121 regular-season games and nine playoff contests in seven seasons with Indianapolis (2004-07) and Tennessee (2008-11). While with the Colts, he played for Eagles offensive line coach Howard Mudd.
Scott said he sat out the first nine weeks of the regular season while waiting for the right opportunity. The Eagles' offensive line has been riddled with injuries to center Jason Kelce (two torn knee ligaments), and tackles Todd Herremans (dislocated foot bone) and Jason Peters (ruptured Achilles' tendon). Guard Danny Watkins (chronic ankle soreness) missed the last three games, though he's expected to start against the Redskins.
"It was tough sitting at home and watching on TV," Scott said. "But I wanted to wait for the right situation. This is a good one for me because I'll have a chance to play right away and this team has a chance to make it to the playoffs."
With Watkins returning to right guard, rookie Dennis Kelly will be working with Demetress Bell and King Dunlap at tackle during practice this week. Kelly could get a shot at right tackle, considering Dunlap played very poorly against the Cowboys.
Kelly served as a backup tackle earlier this season before getting moved to guard.
"I feel like playing guard will help me playing tackle," Kelly said Wednesday. "It should make it a little easier because now I have a better idea of what the guy next to me is doing."
Bumps and bruises
Vick (concussion) did not practice Wednesday and has yet to take any post-concussion tests. (See related story).
Wide receiver Jason Avant (strained hamstring) will not play against the Redskins. He has not missed a game since 2008. Wide receiver/punt returner Mardy Gilyard (strained hamstring) and running back Chris Polk (sprained toe) are also out. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (lower back strain) said Wednesday that he expects to play.
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