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QB Sam Bradford - Philadelphia Eagles

6-4, 236Born: 11-8-1987College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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General News (Fri Feb 5): Eagles head coach Doug Pederson listed finding a "young quarterback" as one of the steps necessary for team to have success, which could mean Sam Bradford is not in the team's plans moving forward

General News (Wed Feb 3): has a good chance of not returning to Philadelphia next season, according to Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com. Kempski said he would lean heavily towards Bradford not being re-signed.

General News (Tue Feb 2): Offensive tackle Lane Johnson said he thinks the team would benefit from re-signing Sam Bradford. "I definitely want him to say," Johnson said. "If you look at the last part of the year, Sam was doing really well. Completing a lot of passes and getting comfortable. Him staying here, him being familiar with the players, I think that would really help us out."

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Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 17 vs NYG (30 / 38 / 320 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

There were times this season that Sam Bradford looked like a bad investment. There were other times, such as these last few games, where he looked every bit capable of leading any offense to a playoff berth. That berth isn't in the cards this year, but he was excellent in his last showing of the 2015 season. The running game helped alleviate pressure for most of the afternoon, highlighted with a 54-yard touchdown to open things up. As a result, Bradford connected on 79 percent of his throws on his way to one of the most efficient performances of his career. His one interception came as a result of a batted pass that could have been a touch higher, but it was hardly a result of inaccuracy or poor decision-making - two things that are generally to blame for turnovers by quarterbacks. There were a couple of throws that were off the mark, neither of which held any negative consequence. He also put a few passes right on the numbers that were dropped by his receivers. In the end, Bradford closed out the season with an encouraging performance. Even if his final stat line of 3,725 passing yards (a career high) with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions won't win him any Hall of Fame vouchers, look for him to excel in 2016.

2015 Week 16 vs WAS (37 / 56 / 380 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)

Sam Bradford executed career highs in attempts, completions and passing yards in Week 16. His deep ball accuracy was outstanding, as he completed seven passes of at least 16 yards, including the very first play: a rocket pass to Nelson Agholor for 18 yards. Later that same series, he placed a perfect deep shot to Josh Huff down the left side line that would have gone for six if not for defensive pass interference. To go along with premier deep ball execution, Bradford excelled at decision-making and ball-protection on Saturday night. The pressure often got there-mostly thanks to the left tackle who apparently removed himself from the game in the fourth quarter-but he was able to swim the pocket and improvise as necessary, all without creating a turnover, and all while connecting with 10 different receivers. He did, however, miss on a few throws that would have accounted for big gains and/or touchdowns, such as deep toss to a wide open Zach Ertz who would have galloped untouched into the end zone. But his receivers committed a few errors as well. If not for those misthrows and errors, Bradford's stat line might have been closer to 500 yards and three touchdowns, the Eagles would be still in the hunt for a playoff berth, and Chip Kelly would still have a job.

2015 Week 15 vs ARI (28 / 41 / 361 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

It may have been in a losing effort but Sam Bradford played a solid game on Sunday night. First with the bad: he did turn the ball over three times. Both of his interceptions came in the fourth quarter and both were on him. The first one was thrown behind Ryan Mathews and read perfectly by the inside linebacker, who jumped the pass and took it the other way for a score. The other interception came late in the game and was just a duck of a throw intended for Riley Cooper. His other turnover was a strip-sack fumble that we'll blame on the left tackle. But turnovers aside, the rest of his game was good. He connected with seven different receivers and completed nearly 70 percent of his passes. He was seeing the field well and played smart, yet aggressive, football (at least until the fourth quarter). He was briefly hurt but only ended up missing one play, which says a lot about his mental toughness. Considering the Cardinals defense presents a hard challenge, this was an encouraging game from Bradford--if not for those late interceptions.

2015 Week 14 vs BUF (23 / 38 / 247 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)

Sam Bradford had a solid afternoon against a Bills' secondary missing its best player. His first pass attempt was a perfect 42-yard bomb to Riley Cooper, but Cooper wasn't able to secure the ball and the ruling of a catch was overturned. He then connected on his next four including a 21-yard laser to Zach Ertz. The highlight of the game came on their fourth series. After two consecutive holding penalties pushed them into a 1st-and-30 scenario, Bradford dialed up a long ball by stepping up into the pocket and hitting Nelson Agholor in perfect stride for a 53-yard touchdown. It was a perfect throw that demonstrated both deep ball accuracy and pocket awareness. It also helped that Agholor finished his route and found a soft spot between two defenders. The rest of Bradford's day was comprised mostly of dink-and-dunk short passes, with the exception of a couple of long balls. His 41-yarder to Ertz late in the fourth was a pass behind the line of scrimmage, of which Ertz did the rest. When it was all said and done, Bradford connected on 60.5 percent of his passes with one touchdown to one interception. The interception should be credited to Brent Celek. The throw was somewhat high but the placement was good. Celek had the ball ripped out of his hands by a defender after initially catching it. It was otherwise mistake-free football from the Eagles' passer, with exception an ugly sack right before the final two-minute warning. Working backwards, Bradford chose not to throw the ball away and instead occurred a 15-yard loss on third down with his team only up by three. His defense bailed him out a few plays later with an interception to end the game.

2015 Week 13 vs NE (14 / 24 / 120 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

The Eagles were a mess without Sam Bradford, who made his first start since Week 10. If there's a perfect way to reintroduce your otherwise unstable quarterback, it's by asking him to do little while protecting him a lot. That's exactly the way it worked out. Thanks to special teams and defense, he was needed only to do the thing he does best: manage the game. With a hat-tip to the offensive line, he was able to operate cleanly out of the pocket and took only one sack. The running game kept pressure off while the Eagles defense kept the game in check. The net result was Bradford attempting only 24 passes. Even though the box score is less than flattering, he looked confident and sharp, finding Zach Ertz on a third down for a score when the game was tilting against the Eagles 0-14. Then, late in the fourth, up two scores, he delivered the nail with a touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews, who had beat two defenders a on a shallow cross. All things being equal, Bradford put together a solid effort and kept his team alive in a broken NFC East.

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.

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Eagles | No franchise tag for Sam Bradford (Mon Feb 8, 04:10 PM) - Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford will not receive the franchise tag.

Our View: It would be unthinkable to place the franchise tag on a player like Bradford. He's a decent starter, but he gets hurt too much and isn't the type of QB who makes the team around him better. They'd like to keep Bradford if the price is right, but we feel he'll be playing elsewhere in 2016.
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Eagles | No decision on Sam Bradford (Mon Feb 8, 10:01 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles impending free-agent QB Sam Bradford could have the franchise tag placed on him this offseason, but the team hasn't made a decision yet. If the Eagles use the franchise tag on Bradford, they will need to pay him about $20 million in 2016 once he signs the contract.

Our View: It's a QB desperate league, but why in the world would the Eagles pay Bradford $20 million for one season? We have a feeling they'll go in a different direction for 2016.
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Eagles | No tag expected for Sam Bradford (Sun Feb 7, 01:17 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles impending free-agent QB Sam Bradford is not expected to receive the franchise tag this offseason, but the team is still interested in re-signing him, according to sources.

Our View: Bradford will be an interesting player to sign. He's a decent starter, but Bradford's injury history reads like Infinite Jest. Any team that signs him will need to take that into account, and those injury problems should discount his price.
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Eagles | Doug Pederson hints at QB change (Thu Feb 4, 09:14 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson listed finding a 'young quarterback' as one of the steps necessary for team to have success, which could mean QB Sam Bradford is not in the team's plans moving forward.

Our View: Pederson has previously complimented Bradford, but what else is he supposed to say? At this time, Bradford's future with the team is up in the air. Bradford is a decent starter, but injury problems have plagued most of his career and that makes signing him to a long-term contract riskier.
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Eagles | Philly could draft quarterback (Wed Feb 3, 03:46 PM) - If Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford does not return in 2016, the Eagles could use a high draft pick on the position and look for a quarterback in free agency to help bridge the gap until that rookie is capable of starting, in the opinion of PhillyVoice.com's Jimmy Kempski.

Our View: The Eagles have the 13th-overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. There may be as many as four QBs taken in the first round of the draft, but by the time the pick comes up for the Eagles guys like Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) and Jared Goff (California) could be gone. That would leave players like Connor Cook (Michigan State) or Paxton Lynch (Memphis) as options for the Eagles. Under new head coach Doug Pederson, a guy like Lynch would make some sense.
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