The Latest Sam Bradford Buzz
No Eagles player is under more pressure in 2015 than Sam Bradford. Coming off a pair of seasons cut short by ACL tears and playing out the final year of his rookie deal, the 27-year-old veteran out of Oklahoma is expected to lead Chip Kelly’s squad back to the postseason. Here is the latest regarding the QB.
Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports that Bradford will be ready to go at the start of training camp:
According to a person familiar with the situation who requested anonymity, Bradford is “looking great”, has been in the rehab room close to every day this summer, and should be ready to go when training camp opens.
That means Bradford should be out on the field for 11-on-11 drills for the start of training camp.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com released his annual QB tier rankings, placing Bradford in the third tier as the 23rd-best quarterback, one slot behind Nick Foles:
“I thought he was a 2 coming out because I did not see the big arm,” a head coach said. “No one could tell from his pro day because [agent] Tom Condon wouldn’t let him throw any deep comebacks. He has the intangibles, but you have to give him a 3 or 4 just because he is always hurt. Frankly, you probably want him to be your backup, just for his availability.”
A defensive coordinator said he thought Bradford could flourish playing in Philadelphia because the Eagles’ play-action game could buy him time he did not have in St. Louis. This coordinator added that Bradford would be an upgrade from Foles and Sanchez in terms of accuracy, but with the injury concerns, he placed Bradford only in the third tier.
“There is no quarterback I loved more than him coming out,” a different head coach said. “I am pulling for him. If he can stay healthy, he can be so accurate. Keep him as a 3 but only because of the injury factor.”
Jeff McLane joined the 97.5 morning show and thinks Bradford is mentally prepared to play in Philadelphia:
“He’s been doing this for a long time, he was the number one draft pick, he was the starter there for all those years. He talks like a franchise quarterback, whereas, Nick [Foles] I think, wasn’t very comfortable in that role, especially in Philadelphia. I think there probably wasn’t as much written about that [as there should’ve been] and I’ve kind of learned a few things since Nick has been gone, that it had really gotten to him, some of the criticism that was happening here in Philadelphia based on his play last season and I don’t think Bradford is the type of guy where he lets that type of stuff get to him.
Now, he played in a small market in St. Louis where things are a little different than here in Philadelphia, but he did play at Oklahoma where [it’s a] big-time college football program and an entire state, everything is focused on what that quarterback is doing at that university.”