Left-footed punters are a relative rarity in the NFL, but Super Bowl 52 will be a meeting of two of them, with Ryan Allen of the New England Patriots and Donnie Jones of the Philadelphia Eagles on opposing sidelines.
Despite left-footed punters being fairly uncommon, 10 saw the field during the 2017 NFL season, according to Sports Illustrated. Meanwhile, Giorgio Tavecchio of the Oakland Raiders was the league’s only left-footed placekicker, and the 2017 season was the second consecutive year with no passes thrown by a left-handed quarterback.
Marquise Goodwin, known as a pure deep threat before he was put in a bigger role as a top starter, had a strong finish to the 2017 season with Garoppolo. The 49ers’ other key WR addition from last year, go-to guy Pierre Garcon, was having a exceptional year with worse QB play before he went down with a neck injury at midseason. Goodwin, Garcon and second-year slot man Trent Taylor are in well-defined roles, but will the Niners go for more pop in a true No. 1?
Only Robinson, soon to be healthy after tearing an ACL, make sense because he can be a true No. 1 with his size, speed and big-play ability. At 24, he would be a good long-term investment to pair with Garoppolo.
Landry, who’s more of a short-catch possession man, doesn’t offer the same style. The Rams’ Sammy Watkins also would be redundant, and he would not be an upgrade over Goodwin, his former Bills teammate.
Though he won MVP in 2015 (the final year a car was awarded to the MVP), he ended up giving the car he won to Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, who famously made the game-winning interception to take down the Seahawks in the closing moments of Super Bowl 49.
So while Foles may not take home a fancy prize like former MVPs did, he does get two things: 1) The Pete Rozelle Trophy (given annually to each Super Bowl MVP) and 2) increased exposure that could lead to more endorsements and more money down the line.
In the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory, Foles completed 28 of 43 passing attempts for 373 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He is the third quarterback to start and win the Super Bowl after starting three or fewer games in the regular season. He joins Doug Williams (Washington, Super Bowl XXII) and Jeff Hostetler (New York Giants, Super Bowl XXV) in that regard.