QB Sam Bradford - Philadelphia Eagles
|6-4, 236||Born: 11-8-1987||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 1, pick 1|
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 23): Bradford (also has a non-throwing shoulder injury) was cleared by an independent neurologist on Monday and has completed the concussion protocol.
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Mark Sanchez stunk and Bradford could play against Detroit on Thanksgiving. He's from ideal as a QB1, but he can help because of the nature of the Eagles offense.
General News (Wed Nov 25): practiced fully on Wednesday but is questionable to play this week.
General News (Tue Nov 24): cleared the concussion protocol and partially participated in Tuesday's practice. Bradford had "some memory loss" after sustaining a concussion in Week 10, and he also said his separated left shoulder could keep him out again versus the Detroit Lions in Week 12 Thursday, Nov. 26. "(The decision depends on) how it progresses from here to game time," Bradford said, "and whether myself and the coaches feel comfortable with me out there playing. It feels better today than it did yesterday. If it continues to progress, I'd like to be out there." Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Bradford looked good in practice Monday, Nov. 23. Mark Sanchez will start again if Bradford isn't ready.
Week 12: at Detroit Lions
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Though Sam Bradford was cleared to resume practices (and he did practice on Wednesday), the reports out of Philadelphia seem to be leaning against Bradford starting at 12:30 on Thanksgiving Day. It looks like more of Mark Sanchez (26/41 for 261 yards passing, two TDs and three interceptions thrown vs. Tampa last week) is in order. Zach Ertz is definitely out, by the way, clearing the way for Brent Celek (11/213/0 receiving over the past two games). Josh Huff (one target for 1/39/1 receiving) and Darren Sproles (seven for 3/38/1) handled the TD passes for Sanchez last week, while Celek led the club in receiving (10 for 7/79/0). The Detroit pass D has tightened considerably in recent weeks, holding Oakland to 13/25 for 164 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions last week after frustrating Aaron Rodgers (but still giving up 35/61 for 325 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to the Packers. Over the past four weeks (three games), this team is ranked 16th in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (21.3 on average); has given up the sixth-most in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends during that time span (12.2); and has allowed the seventh-least in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (16.6). Not too shabby for a team playing out the string. This is a tough matchup for the Sanchez-led Eagles. Upgrade to neutral if Bradford is a go.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 10 vs MIA (19 / 25 / 236 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford looked great to start the day. His first pass went for 60 yards on a catch-and-run to Brent Celek (the pass was 10 yards; Celek did the rest). A few plays later on third and short, Bradford was chased out of the pocket, rolled right, slipped a tackler and pivoted back to the left to find Josh Huff wide open at the back of the endzone. His next series was setup with great field position after a safety. Bradford once again found Celek for 20 and ultimately rode his running backs to a 10-play touchdown drive. But that would be the final touchdown drive. Bradford ended the half with a nice looking stat line: 16 completions on 20 attempts for 196 yards and one touchdown. Things came unraveled in the third quarter. Pressure, penalties and miscommunications kept the Eagles offense in check. Bradford fumbled twice and was sacked twice. One of those sacks ended his day.
2015 Week 9 vs DAL (25 / 36 / 295 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
For the first time since Week 4, Sam Bradford played a clean game and didn't turn the ball over once. With a major assist from his running backs, he was able to keep his eyes down the field and had a comfortable pocket for most of the night. The first half was the ugly half. Bradford and Co. opened the game with three straight punts before finally putting together a touchdown drive about midway through the second quarter. That score should have been a touchdown to Jordan Matthews, but the pass, which was batted down, was a little tight and should have led the receiver more. The two later connected with a game-winner in overtime on a perfectly timed throw-and-catch deep across the middle (hat-tip to the Cowboys safeties for taking bad angles). But the reason they needed overtime, aside from horrid defensive play, was their 23 percent third down efficiency (3/13). Some of that can be blamed on Bradford not throwing the ball down the field. This offense seems to be stuck on repeat with underneath routes that don't stretch the defense. So when six yards are needed for the first, they're getting five. It's possible Chip Kelly is trying to hide his quarterback a bit and relying more on the running game. It's also possible the Eagles don't have a deep threat, especially with rookie Nelson Agholor injured. In any case, Bradford did a good job of feeling pressure and rolling when needed, and stood tall in the pocket when possible. Altogether, he successfully managed the game.
2015 Week 7 vs CAR (26 / 46 / 205 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Bradford faced a tough defense in Carolina that features an up-and-coming superstar cornerback. For the most part, he played well despite what the box score might lead you to believe. His throws balanced strength and accuracy with efficiency by connecting with eight different receivers. Unfortunately, his offensive line couldn't keep the pocket clean, and even when they did, his receivers allowed a few key drives to stutter with drops. His one interception was the result of Jordan Matthews letting the pass slip through his hands and into the arms of a fortunate cornerback. Bradford had a few opportunities in the end zone but those opportunities were smothered by either great defensive plays, or not-so-great receiver plays. All told, he was smart with the football. He connected with eight different receivers and kept plays alive by abandoning the pocket as necessary. With the offensive line missing their most important player, and the running game bottled up by a stifling defense for most of the night, the fact that the Eagles were even in this game is because Bradford played mostly mistake-free football.
2015 Week 6 vs NYG (24 / 38 / 280 / 1 / 3 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)
It's not often a quarterback can throw three interceptions and still get credited with a win. Bradford managed to do just that against the Giants. One of the three can't be faulted to him, as his receiver stopped well short of the route and the ball sailed into the waiting arms of a defender. The other two interceptions, however, were solely on Bradford. Both of them were intended for Zach Ertz and both of them were bad decisions a smarter quarterback doesn't make. Accuracy concerns and questionable decision making are a bad combination and a reoccurring theme with Bradford, who has become a liability in this offense. He now has thrown the second most interceptions in the league and his completion percentage is well below the league average. Even his one touchdown pass, a streamer over the top the defense on a play-action, was a bit underthrown. Don't be surprised to see Kelly rein him in and attempt to hide him behind a firm rushing attack. Bradford's mistakes in this contest were covered by tremendous defense, including a pick-six, but many more going forward and we might see a quarterback change.
2015 Week 5 vs NO (32 / 45 / 333 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
On paper, Sam Bradford turned in his best game of the season, clocking in a 71.1 completion percentage, which is his highest since Week 8 of the 2012 season (minimum 18 pass attempts). But it wasn't without it's ugly moments. With the Eagles offense having no trouble cutting through the Saints defense, Bradford killed a pair of great drives with interceptions in the end zone on back-to-back series. Both interceptions were the result of bad throws and worse decisions. Nearing halftime, various social media accounts were calling for Mark Sanchez, which says a lot. He would, however, turn it around by firing accurate passes and connecting with nine different receivers. His first touchdown came off of a play-action fake with Bradford rolling left and finding Josh Huff, who took it to the end zone for 41 yards. That play looks a lot better on the stat sheet than it did on the field: Huff got lucky when two defenders ran into each other and basically gave him an open look. Bradford's other touchdown was also thanks to a generous defense. Brent Celek leaked out of the formation, totally forgotten, and Bradford found him for an easy, wide-open touchdown in the back corner of the end zone. But for most of the day, Kelly hid Bradford behind a heavy and successful rushing attack. He made several good throws, had a few dropped, and threw a few head-scratchers. All things being equal, if not for a solid game from his offensive line and running backs, this could have been an ugly day.
2015 Week 4 vs WAS (15 / 28 / 270 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford will finally climb out of the yards-per-attempt cellar after connecting on passes of 62, 45, 39 and 30 yards. This was by far his best game of the season, despite completing only 54 percent of passes. He had his usual timing issues, including overthrowing Jordan Matthews in the end zone before halftime. But was otherwise sharp. His intermediate throws had zip and his deep ball was perfect. When the pocket collapsed, a reoccurring theme, Bradford showed off his mobility by rolling out while keeping his eyes down the field. He even added a 14-yard scramble on third and long to pick up a first down. His first touchdown of the game came in the first possession of the second half. After a holding penalty set up a long second down, Bradford took a play-action shotgun, stepped up into a clean pocket and launched a perfect deep bomb that went for 62 yards to the end zone. His next possession was setup deep in Washington territory after a penalty. This time the protection wasn't there, but Bradford was able to evade a sack and throw on the run to Brent Celek, who fell into the end zone for a score. His third and final touchdown once again came on play-action, and once again Bradford launched a perfect deep strike to Miles Austin, hitting him in stride for 39 yards. If this version of Bradford (he finished with his second best career passer rating of 122.6) shows up every Sunday, the Eagles season might actually live up to the hype and compete in the NFC East.
2015 Week 3 vs NYJ (14 / 28 / 118 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Bradford's pass attempts have been on a steady decline since he opened the season with 52. Last week he finished with 37 and attempted even fewer this week with 28. But fantasy production isn't entirely tied to volume. Efficiency proves to be more fertile and Bradford has been anything but. After completing just 14 passes on Sunday, his season completion rate is now below 45 percent with a bottom-ranked 5.8 yards per attempt. Not all of it is on him. His wide receivers and running backs dropped a healthy share of catchable passes that could have gone for big plays. But there's clearly some communication issues that are being amplified by his inaccuracy, which may explain why he is being reined in. The offensive line gave him a comfortable pocket for most of the game. When things broke apart, Bradford did a good job of shedding the rush by rolling out and finding a safe location to place the ball. Hence, no interceptions. But he still suffers from a combination of indecisions and his teammates not breaking coverage. This offense will continue to stutter if those two issues aren't corrected.
2015 Week 2 vs DAL (23 / 37 / 224 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Bradford came into the week highly ranked and barely managed to deliver more fantasy points than his opponent, Tony Romo, despite Romo leaving the game with a shoulder injury. Bradford's inaccuracy throughout the game wasn't assisted by his receivers, who did a poor job of creating separation and dropped a number of on-target throws. But he was lucky not to have three interceptions. In the second half, Bradford was blinded by pressure and forced a throw into tight coverage that his receiver had no chance of securing, but the ball mercifully fell incomplete. After a strip sack set him up with nice field position, Bradford missed Nelson Agholor at the back of the end zone, then failed to look off coverage and planted a pass intended for Zach Ertz into the lap of Sean Lee, who easily made the interception and ended the series. In fact, both of his interceptions were targeted for Ertz, the second of which bounced off of Ertz's hands into the gloves of the defender. Bradford saved part of his day on a fourth down touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews, but flunked half of his red zone opportunities and looked out of sorts for most of the game.
2015 Week 1 vs ATL (36 / 52 / 336 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford had a stellar preseason and generated a lot of late-round quarterback buzz because of it. After one half of real football, that buzz slowly faded as owners realized that they, in fact, drafted Sam Bradford. He looked sloppy from the start, mistiming his throws or flat out missing his receivers. The pass protection didn't make things easy, either. Bradford was under constant pressure, forcing him to check-down quicker than he could set his feet. That pressure eventually spawned a pair of interceptions, one in each half, though only one of those was solely his fault. He finished the first half with a 55 percent completion rate and one interception to no touchdowns. But things turned around in the third and fourth quarters. In their second possession, the Eagles started deep in their own territory whereupon Bradford looked sharp and decisive operating out of the no-huddle, eventually finding the end zone for the first and only time via a short pass to DeMarco Murray. Overall, penalties and pressure destroyed what looked to be a nice matchup. But Chip Kelly's no-huddle, high-volume system still produced enough points to make Bradford's first start as an Eagle not a total loss.
Latest NewsEagles | Ryan Mathews among Eagles' inactives (Thu Nov 26, 11:10 AM) - The Philadelphia Eagles have declared DL Brandon Bair, CB Denzel Rice, WR Jonathan Krause, RB Ryan Mathews, QB Sam Bradford, OT Tanner Hawkinson, TE Zach Ertz inactive for Week 12. Eagles | Sam Bradford inactive Thursday (Thu Nov 26, 11:04 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (concussion, shoulder) is inactive Thursday, Nov. 26. Our View: It's Sanchez time! Which is also known as "don't start him today" time as he is no more than a QB3 who is prone to turning the ball over too much.
link to story Eagles | Mark Sanchez starting Thursday (Thu Nov 26, 08:41 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Mark Sanchez will start Thursday, Nov. 26, in place of QB Sam Bradford (concussion, shoulder). Our View: We'd say "yuck" except Sam Bradford isn't any better. We'd avoid Sanchez as more than a QB3, and we'd avoid him completely in daily fantasy games.
link to story Eagles | Sam Bradford a long shot Thursday (Wed Nov 25, 12:47 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (concussion, shoulder) is a long shot to play Thursday, Nov. 26, against the Detroit Lions. Our View: The Eagles play on Thanksgiving against the Lions, and Mark Sanchez could be their starting QB. Bradford practiced fully Wednesday, Nov. 25, and is questionable for Week 12.
link to story Eagles | Limited practice for Sam Bradford (Tue Nov 24, 03:43 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (concussion, shoulder) was a limited participant in practice Tuesday, Nov. 24. link to story More News
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