Sam Bradford probably thought when he signed a two-year deal worth $36 million, including $22 million guaranteed, in March that he would be the Eagles starting quarterback for 2016 and probably 2017. But then the Eagles traded up in the NFL Draft to select Carson Wentz, and Bradford is unhappy to be in Philadelphia. Now, the Eagles have suggested Bradford will remain the starter, but adding Wentz and Chase Daniel is not a good sign for his long-term future. Bradford was traded to the Eagles in 2015, and he struggled in his lone season with Chip Kelly. He passed for 3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, and he also missed two games due to injury. He only had four games with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league, but hopefully the addition of new coach Doug Pederson will help Bradford improve. He still has the same top weapons in Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz, and it's hard to expect a dramatic turnaround, especially since he'll be looking over his shoulder at a high-upside rookie ready to take his job. Bradford is only worth consideration as a low-end No. 2 quarterback, and he should not be drafted in the majority of leagues.
Bradford threw for 115 yards while completing 14 of 19 passes in Thursday's preseason win over the Steelers. After throwing just one pass during the Eagles preseason opener, Bradford saw much more time on Thursday, playing the entire first half. He didn't have any big plays but played relatively mistake free football, leading the team to a 10-0 lead at half. Look for Bradford to see extensive time once again when the Eagles take on the Colts next week, as the offense continues to work out the kinks in preparation for the regular season.
Bradford and the other offensive starters may play into the second quarter of Thursday's preseason game against the Steelers, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports. Bradford is expected to play at least one full quarter but should be out of the game well before halftime. He seemingly has the starting job locked down, and the Eagles have now turned their attention to the rest of the offense, trading for WR Dorial Green-Beckham on Tuesday. Although he won't be available for Thursday's game, Green-Beckham still has time to push for a key role before Week 1.
Bradford completed his only pass attempt for a three-yard gain in Thursday's preseason opener against the Buccaneers. Bradford should get more playing time in the second and third preseason games, but his performance may be irrelevant. The Eagles' pecking order for 2016 seems to already be determined, with Bradford as the starter, Chase Daniel as the backup and rookie Carson Wentz serving as the No. 3. Daniel and Wentz both struggled in Thursday's game.
Bradford has separated himself from his challengers for the starting quarterback job, Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz, the Intelligencer reports. Bradford already had a slight edge in the competition, but head coach Doug Pederson said Bradford strengthened his hold on the job during organized team activities.
Bradford participated in the Eagles' first OTAs of the season Tuesday, CSN Philly's Dave Zangaro reports. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said before practice Tuesday that Bradford is "the guy," according to Zangaro's report. Despite the Eagles' aggressive move in this year's Draft to move up and draft fellow quarterback Carson Wentz, it appears Bradford will enter training camp as the team's primary option at quarterback. If he plays well enough to earn the job, he'll have 16 games lined up ahead of him to prove he's worth a long-term contract in the near future, either from the Eagles or another team.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/06||@New York Giants||31||24.56|
|12||11/29||Green Bay Packers||15||19.78|
|16||12/23||New York Giants||31||24.56|
|3 Year Avg||63.4||1804||11||6||23||0||134|