Sam Bradford: Pederson’s QB Experience ‘Huge’

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

As the dust settled after the Eagles’ dramatic firing of Chip Kelly in late December, one of the biggest question marks to arise, other than the quest for the team’s next head coach, was how the move would affect the team’s ability to retain Sam Bradford.

“I mean, yeah. I still enjoy the guys on this team, I enjoy the city, I’ve enjoyed my time here. Obviously, I think a lot of it depends on who they hire as a head coach now and what type of offensive system he wants to run,” Bradford said at the time.

Thursday afternoon, addressing the media for the first time since his two-year, $36 million deal was announced Tuesday, Bradford said the Eagles’ decision to bring Doug Pederson aboard as their head coach played a big role in his willingness and desire to remain in Philadelphia. Read more »

Doug Pederson And the Fullback Factor

Anthony Sherman. (USA Today Sports)

Anthony Sherman. (USA Today Sports)

Like many turn-of-the-century relics — the flip phone, dial-up internet, and Blockbuster, to name a few — the fullback has fallen by the wayside across the NFL. Fewer teams still use the bruising position.

But Doug Pederson? Well, Kansas City liked using fullbacks the past three seasons, and the Chiefs frequently relied on Anthony Sherman. Per Pro Football Focus, Sherman was on the field for 550 rushing snaps during his three years while Pederson was the offensive coordinator, while running the ball just five times himself.

His primary job was to get out ahead of the ball carrier and provide an extra body of protection, clearing the way for an offense that ranked in the top-10 in rushing yards each season. Sherman also served as a minor pass-catching threat out of the backfield, catching 36 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns during those three seasons. Read more »

Kiper: Jack Conklin Would Be Upgrade For Eagles

Jack Conklin. (USA Today Sports Images)

Jack Conklin. (USA Today Sports Images)

During a 75-minute conference call with reporters Monday morning, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said he believes the Eagles need to focus on building their offensive line, and that Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin could be a good fit at No. 13 in this year’s draft.

“I think, in terms of offensive line, I think that’s the [Eagles’] big need area, the big problem they have right now and going into this year, is solidifying the guys up front for the quarterback, whoever that may be,” Kiper said. Read more »

Eagles Offseason Outlook: Safety

Walter Thurmond

Walter Thurmond. (Photo by Jeff Fusco)

This week we’ll continue to take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. In the first five installments, we covered the quarterbacks, running backswide receivers, tight ends, and offensive linemen. Now, it’s on to the safeties.


Despite going into the offseason with perilous uncertainty at the second safety position, the Eagles’ safeties were one of the bright spots on an otherwise disappointing defense.

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