“Everybody’s in competition,” Kelly said, “and the best players play.”
Sanchez played in nine games for the Eagles last season, passing for 2,418 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Bradford missed all of last season due to an ACL tear.
Chip Kelly has stated that
It hasn't happened yet. He was limited in workouts this spring and has been absent from OTA drills, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. Chief competitor Mark Sanchez has recieved the first-team reps instead.
Bradford is just nine months removed from a torn ACL, his second in two seasons. He was walking with what was described as a pronounced limp Thursday. Kelly stated that Bradford is on schedule with his rehab and could do some 7-on-7 work next week.
"We've got plenty of time," Kelly added.
Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo drafted
"I know he's going to do great things there in Philadelphia," he said. "He's a better athlete than most people think. Trust me when I tell you he's got all the skills, and I keep going back to the fierce competitor because I believe elite quarterbacks in this league have that."
Spagnuolo cited Bradford's ability to make all the throws and his passion for football for his confidence in Bradford.
"I think he's in a great system there," Spagnuolo said. "What Chip [Kelly] does and what he'll do with him. His arm is top notch. I still remember the workouts in Oklahoma, and he was outstanding."
Despite the assumption of many that the
Sanchez believes there will be an open competition in camp, which is why he signed a two-year deal worth $9 million to return to Philadelphia.
"Absolutely," he told NFL.com. "That's the way I understand it. ... Just talking with coach (Chip) Kelly and knowing I'm comng with the opportunity to compete for the starting job. That was important to me."
Sanchez completed 64 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for the Eagles a year ago.
The trade rumors involving
Kelly added that there was no truth to the rumors that the Eagles were seeking to unload Bradford to the highest bidder.
"We never discussed players," Kelly said.
Bradford is set to play out the final year of his rookie contract that will pay bim $12.9 million. Injuries have hampered his career. He missed all of last season after playing in just seven games in 2013.
|2010||St. Louis Rams||16||16||590||354||60.0||3512||5.95||49||18||15||34/244||36||4||76.5|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||10||10||357||191||53.5||2164||6.06||68||6||6||36/248||25||3||70.5|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||16||551||328||59.5||3702||6.72||80||21||13||35/233||41||8||82.6|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||7||7||262||159||60.7||1687||6.44||73||14||4||15/97||19||3||90.9|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||0||0||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2010||St. Louis Rams||16||16||27||63||2.3||17||1||0||6|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||10||10||18||26||1.4||17||0||0||3|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||16||36||124||3.4||21||1||1||9|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||7||7||15||31||2.1||23||0||1||1|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2010||St. Louis Rams||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||10||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||7||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2011||St. Louis Rams||10||10||7||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||7||1||0||3||0||0||3||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||7||3||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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