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QB Sam Bradford - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): It's hard to say Bradford is "back" but he finally attempt - and even hook up - on three deep balls to account for basically the entire Eagles offense in Week 4. The Saints aren't a bad matchup in Week 5, but the element of surprise of the deep ball created by three dormant weeks has been lost.

Week 5: vs New Orleans Saints

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Sam Bradford finally woke up at the wheel and led his cohorts in this phase of the game to three TDs at Washington - 15/28 for 270 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown is more what his fantasy owners had in mind back in August. Backups Riley Cooper (three targets for 2/72/1 receiving), Miles Austin (three for 2/51/1) and Brent Celek (two for 1/10/1) handled the TDs for Bradford, while starer Nelson Agholor finally looked like a starter with four targets for 3/64/0, and Jordan Matthews posted eight targets for 3/50/0. We'll see if Bradford can sustain the momentum here in Week Five. The Saints' pass D has made a lot of quarterbacks look good in recent years - this year, Brandon Weeden was the most recent player so boosted (16/26 for 220 net passing yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with three sacks taken for -26 yards) - two weeks ago, Cam Newton blew this unit up with 20/31 for 318 passing yards yielding two TDs and zero interceptions. Advantage, Philadelphia.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at ATL 74 36 52 336 1 2 0 0 0 0 18.8
2 vs DAL 62 23 37 224 1 2 2 9 0 1 13.1
3 at NYJ 73 14 28 118 1 0 3 -2 0 0 9.7
4 at WAS 56 15 28 270 3 0 1 14 0 0 26.9
5 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 28 37 * * * 2 * * * *
5 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 23 37 * * * 2 * * * *
5 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 20 34 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Eagles | Sam Bradford finding his rhythm (Thu Oct 8, 10:45 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford said he found a rhythm in the second half against the Washington Redskins in Week 4, and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Bradford is more comfortable with the concepts of the up-tempo offense.

Our View: Bradford was able to hook up on deep balls against injured corners and lost safeties. The Saints defense is prone to lapses, but the next time we see Bradford look good from start to finish in a game will be the first.
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Eagles | Sam Bradford fires three TDs (Sun Oct 4, 08:59 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford completed 15 of 28 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns in a 23-20 loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 4.

Our View: Bradford finally threw deep, and the defense seemed as surprised as we were. He's still just borderline rosterworthy with his early struggles, but next week against the Saints is a good matchup for Cam Newton owners needing bye coverage.
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NFL | Redskins-Eagles to start on time (Fri Oct 2, 04:06 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford and the Eagles will play the Washington Redskins at the regularly scheduled time of 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday, Oct. 4. The NFL was considering moving the game because of potential inclement weather.

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NFL | Eagles-Redskins could have weather issue (Thu Oct 1, 01:11 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford and Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins could be affected by Hurricane Joaquin in Week 4 Sunday, Oct. 4. The game could be postponed due to the storm.

Our View: Keep an eye on this and have some alternatives ready as this whole game could be shifted around. We wouldn't touch either quarterback even in sunny weather so they shouldn't be an issue for you.
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Eagles | Sam Bradford sticking to game plan (Thu Oct 1, 09:39 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford was quizzed on why the team's offense hasn't produced many big plays, and Bradford said the ball is going where it is supposed to go. 'I think a lot of it is the way we're trying to attack defenses right now,' said Bradford, whose figure of 5.8 yards per pass attempt ranks 37th among 41 passers charted by the NFL. 'The ball goes where it's supposed to go. That's what we've been calling and that's what's been given to us.' Bradford is 0-for-5 on balls thrown at least 20 yards this season, which is worst in the league, according to ESPN. 'Listen to the play call. Take what's there. You can't try to force anything,' Bradford said. 'When you try to force it to someone, and you make an extra effort to get someone the football, sometimes you run yourself into problems, because you skip over progressions trying to get someone the ball. I think you've just got to stay disciplined in your reads. The ball goes where it's supposed to go.'

Our View: Bradford is being a generic robot. Players are getting open deep, but Bradford is okay with dumping off short passes. We're not excited by this passing game unless and until Bradford starts taking more chances as a passer.
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