This past offseason the Eagles resigned Mark Sanchez, traded Nick Foles to the Rams for Sam Bradford, decided to sign Tim Tebow to compete with Matt Barkley, and even moved G.J. Kinne to WR, but that’s besides the point.
There’s a lot going on at the quarterback position for the Eagles. Chip Kelly has repeatedly said that the quarterback position is an open competition. The quarterbacks on the roster will even tell you that there’s an open competition for the position. Still, any person who thinks that is completely mistaken.
Sure, Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow will compete for the third QB spot, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t. Mark Sanchez will lock up the backup role because that’s all he should be, a backup. Sanchez as a starter will hurt any team. His best bet as a starter would be as an Eagle but that has no chance of happening, besides, Sanchez is probably the best backup QB in the league. It’s funny how one could either be the best backup quarterback in football, or the 27th best starting quarterback in football, but hey that’s how the NFL works.
That leaves Sam Bradford, your 2015 Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback. Bradford is without a question the most talented QB on the roster, and when healthy, has the potential to be a top 10 QB in the league.
Bradford won the Heisman Trophy in 2008 with 53 combined touchdowns. He is currently tied with Marcus Mariota for the most in Heisman history.
In 2010 he won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award by taking the Rams from a 1-15 record the previous year to a 7-9 record with a chance to compete for the division title. The NFC West was horrendous that year, but Bradford did what he could to take his team to a tiebreaker game vs the Seattle Seahawks for a shot at the playoffs.
In 2011 Bradford only played 10 games due to injury and struggled as most sophomore players do.
Now in 2012 Bradford had a decent year coming off of an injury, but if he actually had some weapons around him who knows what kind of numbers he could have put up. In 2013 Bradford was off to a scorching start, yet was later sidelined after 7 games with another ACL tear. unfortunately for Bradford, he wasn’t able to showcase his skill set for the whole season. He was up for a Pro Bowl like year even without the weapons around him. Trust me, I had him in fantasy that year and he was a top 5 QB before he hit the shelf.
I went ahead and combined his stats over those two seasons and the numbers are eye-popping considering what he had around him.
GP- 23 | YDS- 5,389 | TD- 35 | INT- 17 | Combined Passer Rating 85.3%
Now these numbers aren’t the numbers you’ll see from the likes of the NFL elite, nevertheless, Bradford wasn’t at that Elite level yet. Sam Bradford hasn’t had a chance to reach an NFL elite level. Lucky for him, he will get a shot to show what he can do this season for the Eagles. According to multiple reports, Bradford has looked sharp in camp this year. Him under center in Chip Kelly’s offense should help him achieve the greatness which many believe he can accomplish, however, Sam Bradford’s biggest opponent is his durability.
If Bradford can stay healthy all season he should do a fine job for Chip Kelly at quarterback. But I’ll tell you what, if Sam Bradford stays healthy all season expect more than fine. Expect him to be elite. This is the season where Bradford breaks out of his shell and solidifies himself as a dominant force in the league. If Sam Bradford can stay healthy all season expect him to finish top five in the MVP voting. Here it is again incase that stunned some,
If Sam Bradford can stay healthy for the whole year he will finish top 5 in the MVP voting.