Sam Bradford Fantasy News

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:10am - [Full Article]

DeMarco Murray’s biggest schematic adjustment in coming from Dallas to Philadelphia is running out of the shotgun formation instead of getting the ball from a quarterback is who under center. It’s similar to how he played at Oklahoma, though, when he last took handoffs from Sam Bradford.

“We didn’t do much of it in Dallas, but I’ve done it in past,” Murray said. “Hopefully we’ll get more downhill runs and get in the home position, but I think just the way we run and the plays, it’s hard for teams to set on one guy, set on one formation, we have a lot of things.”

There are advantages and disadvantages. LeSean McCoy preferred taking handoffs when the quarterback was under center because he was 7 ½ yards deep and he said it helped with his vision. He had the running start in that scenario as opposed to in the shotgun, when McCoy said he started running sideways.

Murray said he actually gets to “see more of the field” when it’s a shotgun formation.

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 8:33pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Eagles finally got a look at the quarterback they’re counting on saving them. No, not Tim Tebow, the other one.

But what they saw out of Sam Bradford in his first game back from his twin torn ACLs still had them holding their breath.

Bradford took several hard shots from the Ravens on his opening drive, with linebacker Terrell Suggs drawing a penalty after diving at his legs, and then defensive lineman Brandon Williams pounding him into the ground.

Fantasy Impact:

But Bradford led a crisp touchdown drive also, an 11-play, 84-yard march capped by a Ryan Mathews touchdown run. He completed 3-of-5 passes, but taking so many shots so early in his comeback will create a worry. That’s probably why Mark Sanchez took the field for the second possession, making it a short night for Bradford, the story said.

Eagles QB Sam Bradford 'looked good' in joint practices with Baltimore

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 3:16pm - [Full Article]

In preparation for his preseason debut, Saturday, and facing an opposing team for the first time in close to a year, Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford looked good.

Wednesday, the Eagles practiced for the first of three days against the Baltimore Ravens, who they will host Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field in the second preseason game for both teams.

Bradford, who sat out the Eagles preseason opener last Sunday, faced a good Ravens' defense in both 7-on-7 drills and full 11-on-11 team drills and showed the same velocity and accuracy on his passes that he showed practicing against his teammates the first two weeks of training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia quarterbacks have averaged 16.7 passing game-only fantasy points. Bradford isn’t much of a runner, but he adds about 0.7 FP per game as a rusher. That adds up to 17.4 FP, or about what Eli Manning averaged as the #10 QB in 2014. The Eagles’ offense has lost their top receiver – DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – in each of the last two seasons, but Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are emerging and the team added Nelson Agholor in the draft. If Bradford ends up starting for the Eagles, we wouldn’t expect anything more than high-end QB2 numbers, but this is a definite system upgrade due to the overall effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s offense.

Kelly: Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) won't play in preseason opener

Friday, August 14, 2015, 1:40pm - [Full Article]

QB Sam Bradford will not play in the Eagles' preseason opener.

"Sam will not play. That was my decision. Sam is not happy about it,'' Kelly said. "I just felt he's only been out here a couple of weeks.''

Kelly went on to say that Bradford is fine — and the fact is he has not missed one day of practice, or even one drill in practice says volumes— it was just his decision to give him another week.

"It's just my call,'' Kelly said. "There's a fine line. You watch (Washington tight end) Niles Paul, who's a good player, go down last night. He's done for the year. We went back and forth about it, but it was my decision.''

Kelly did say Bradford would go against the Ravens all week in practice next week and play against them, Saturday, Aug. 22.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford has not missed a rep in practice, so it sounds like Kelly -- who invoked the name of Niles Paul, lost for the season with a dislocated ankle -- is just being careful with his quarterback.

Rapoport: Nick Foles seems like a 'great' fit with Rams

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 11:02pm - [Full Article]

The blockbuster trade happened months ago, but it's still jarring to see Nick Foles, instead of Sam Bradford, under center in St. Louis. The reality is, armed with a new extension, the fit seems like a great one. After a few shaky weeks facing Gregg Williams' defense in practice (he doesn't hold back), Foles has reached a comfort level. Thanks in part to a newly stocked quarterback room featuring offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti and QB coach Chris Weinke, Foles has returned to his West Coast Offense roots. It's the mental part that's key, being asked to do a lot with protections and getting the team in and out of the right plays. But he's put in the work, and the players have already taken to him.

Fantasy Impact:

Foles’ second season as the starter in Philadelphia didn’t go as well as his first. After a ridiculous 27-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2013, Foles tossed 13 touchdowns against 10 picks last year. It wasn’t all his fault, however, as he was playing behind a patchwork offensive line and didn’t seem as comfortable in the pocket. In the seven games that he finished in 2014, he averaged 16.9 fantasy points, which is about what Philip Rivers scored as the #12 QB on the season. Foles ultimately broke his collarbone in Week 9 and missed the final eight games of the season. Now he joins a run-oriented Rams’ offense that is somewhat lacking in talent at receiver. He should be a serviceable/streaming QB2.

'Bigger, stronger, more aggressive' WR Jordan Matthews primed for a 'big one'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 2:42pm - [Full Article]

If you can purchase stock in Jordan Matthews, the Eagles' second-year receiver, do it before the start of the regular season. It has the potential to be a big one.

The Matthews we've seen thus far this summer is a far different player than Maclin or Jackson ever were. He is bigger, stronger, more aggressive. Put a star next to that last trait. It might prove to be the most significant.

"I think that's one of the things you kind of want to go through in camp, put those guys in those situations, throw balls up, let them make plays," Sam Bradford said. "Obviously, Jordan's come down with his fair share of those. I think it's a credit to the way he works. I think that guy catches more footballs than anybody I've ever seen. His hands are really strong. It's something he's always working on. I think it's something that's really showed up out here this first week."

You can't tell a lot in camp, but you can tell rapport. Bradford and Matthews have it. Asked whether something like that can result in more balls thrown a wide receiver's way, Bradford was definitive.

"Absolutely," he said.

Fantasy Impact:

With Jeremy Maclin gone, Matthews will have to play more than the 65% of the snaps that he played as a rookie. He was the #24 WR in standard formats, so increased playing time should lead to a better finish. He won't be limited to the slot in 2015.

Sam Bradford 'dazzling' teammates in camp

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:09am

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

The Eagles’ quarterback competition might be open, as coach Chip Kelly has insisted, but Sam Bradford may be slamming the door closed on Mark Sanchez.

Bradford appeared in total command of the huddle during Thursday’s training camp practice at the NovaCare Complex, making sharp throws and dazzling teammates while Sanchez, his only competitor for the starting job, endured ups and downs.

Bradford, who’s coming back from two ACL tears in a 10-month span and wasn’t medically cleared for full practice until the start of training camp, shined in the 7-on-7s, team drills and was the only quarterback to lead the offense to paydirt in the hurry-up drill near the end of practice.

“He was throwing lots of touchdowns today,” right tackle Lane Johnson said. “He’s very accurate. I haven’t seen accuracy like that from a quarterback in a long time.”

Bradford, who’s shown as-advertised accuracy throughout camp, came out firing, starting with the first set of 7s. He arced a pretty fade over rookie cornerback Eric Rowe into the hands of Riley Cooper down the left side and then rifled his next pass in the end zone to tight end Trey Burton. He connected with Burton again during a red-zone 11-on-11 drill for another touchdown and found Seyi Ajirotutu in the left corner of the end zone for another.

Fantasy Impact:

After a slow start on day one of camp, Bradford seems to be finding his way. It's still only camp, and we all know the key to Bradford is going to be staying healthy, but so far the news is encouraging for adding Bradford to a deep fantasy QB class. He continues to be one of those many QB2 options who has fantasy upside to succeed in the Eagles offensive system.

'No question' that Sam Bradford is ahead in the QB competition

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12:16am

Geoff Mosher, CSN Philly - [Full Article]

If Eagles HC Chip Kelly needed to pick a starter right this second, no question he’d hand the ball to Sam Bradford and direct Mark Sanchez toward the sideline. Bradford masterfully picked apart the defense and threw with more confidence than he’d shown since the start of camp. In 7-on-7s, he arced a lovely fade to Riley Cooper past Eric Rowe that set up his TD pass to Trey Burton on the very next play. In red zone drills, he zipped another TD pass to Burton, and then another TD on a fade to Seyi Ajirotutu. In the hurry-up drill at the end of practice, with 63 ticks on the clock and the ball near midfield, he was the only quarterback to lead the offense to a touchdown. Bradford’s consistency is key. The other three QBs tend to have good and bad days. Bradford has some down moments but is stringing together some pretty good practices.

Fantasy Impact:

Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia quarterbacks have averaged 16.7 passing game-only fantasy points. Bradford isn’t much of a runner, but he adds about 0.7 FP per game as a rusher. That adds up to 17.4 FP, or about what Eli Manning averaged as the #10 QB in 2014. The Eagles’ offense has lost their top receiver – DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – in each of the last two seasons, but Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are emerging and the team added Nelson Agholor in the draft. If Bradford ends up starting for the Eagles, we wouldn’t expect anything more than high-end QB2 numbers, but this is a definite system upgrade due to the overall effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s offense.

Eagles QB Sam Bradford: 'I feel better than I was expecting.'

Friday, August 7, 2015, 2:19am

Eagles - [Full Article]

Eagles QB Sam Bradford on his surgically-repaired knee:

“I feel better than what I was expecting. I thought my knee would hold up but I wasn’t sure since I hadn’t put it through four days of practice coming into camp. But the way my knee feels now, it feels great, so I’m really happy with where I am right now.”

Fantasy Impact:

Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia quarterbacks have averaged 16.7 passing game-only fantasy points. Bradford isn’t much of a runner, but he adds about 0.7 FP per game as a rusher. That adds up to 17.4 FP, or about what Eli Manning averaged as the #10 QB in 2014. The Eagles’ offense has lost their top receiver – DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – in each of the last two seasons, but Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are emerging and the team added Nelson Agholor in the draft. If Bradford ends up starting for the Eagles, we wouldn’t expect anything more than high-end QB2 numbers, but this is a definite system upgrade due to the overall effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s offense.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 8:48am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Philadelphia Eagles have interest in tying starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the franchise beyond the upcoming season, and have begun discussing a contract extension, according to sources.

It is not expected the negotiations would result in a long-term contract but more likely an agreement providing the team control of Bradford past the 2015 season, the final year of his current contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford is on the hook for $13 million this season and the Birds gave up some picks to trade for him, so it makes sense they want to hang on to him beyond 2015. HC Chip Kelly pointed out some big name QBs have switched teams because of injuries and he's hoping Bradford pays off with stability at the position. Bradford is taking first team reps and is a full go at camp thus far in the early stages.

Monday, August 3, 2015, 4:19pm - [Full Article]

Eagles camp notes from Monday:

- Jordan Matthews gets my “Camper of the Day” award. Practices that limit contact tend to highlight the passing game and those mostly involved, but Matthews had a standout performance by any estimate. He did most of his damage from the slot. I think we’ll see more of Matthews on the outside than we did last year, but why limit his effectiveness when there probably isn’t another option as comparable on the roster? Most of his catches came from Sam Bradford and there were a variety.

- DeMarco Murray was back in action after sitting out team and 7-on-7 drills yesterday. He said it was a coach’s decision to limit his action on the first day of camp. I’m not sure why he would need to rest after a six-week layoff, but he looked fine on Monday. He didn’t seem to go 100 percent when he was involved, but after last season when he logged almost 500 touches, it doesn’t seem necessary for Murray to push himself this early.

- A day after taking all of the first team repetitions at quarterback, Bradford was under center for the majority. He looked a little more comfortable on Day 2.

- Mark Sanchez took his first series of snaps with the first team. I’m not sure that constitutes as a quarterback competition, but it’s a start. His best toss during the series was downfield to Huff on a comeback route. Working with the second team, Sanchez knew who would butter his bread. He kept going to Nelson Agholor on the outside. The rookie wide receiver continued to get the best of rookie corner Eric Rowe. Contact at the line is limited, so I wouldn’t make any assumptions about Rowe just yet, but Agholor has looked more than competent.

- Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow split third team reps again. If Kelly wants a pure quarterback at the third spot, the job is clearly Barkley’s. But if he wants someone that has an “X” factor or can be effective in zone read plays, then Tebow would seem to have the advantage.

- The Eagles practiced punt returns and the returners were Darren Sproles, Agholor, Matthews, Kenjon Barner, Riley Cooper and Miles Austin.

Monday, August 3, 2015, 1:08pm - [Full Article]

That Eagles QB Sam Bradford was back on the field at the NovaCare Complex on Monday after taking all of his first-team reps on Sunday and that there are no reported problems with swelling or discomfort in his twice-repaired left knee is encouraging.

Many, then, want to jump ahead and position Bradley in a game situation and visualize how he will play in this offensive scheme and predict which receivers he will have the best connection with and, egads, wonder if a mid-round fantasy football league draft pick on Bradford would pay dividends.

In our instant-gratification world, the asks are understandable. It is, after all, a microwave world in which we live. But in this instance, there is no choice but to abide by the process. And the edict is that Bradford is a day-by-day proposition.

The Eagles know this and they're all over Bradford. This is not a short-term investment, even with Bradford on a one-year contract. The idea is to get him healthy (he's 100 percent as far as Training Camp goes) and to keep him that way, to knock off the rust accumulated from nearly two seasons without game action, and to let him loose when September 14 and the 2015 regular-season opener arrives in Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford has some rust to knock off. The story added the timing isn't quite there and the chemistry with his receivers continues to develop. Sunday, after all, was the first 11-on-11 work he's done in a calendar year. There are no restrictions on Bradford right now according to HC Chip Kelly via the story, but Kelly said that doesn't mean something couldn't swell up in a couple days and they have to take another look at things.

Sam Bradford: 'Everything felt good'

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 3:08pm - [Full Article]

It was just one rep, but for quarterback Eagles Sam Bradford, it represented a lot more.

"It was a big step," Bradford said on Sunday after the team's first practice of training camp.

Bradford participated in full team drills for the first time as a member of the Eagles on Sunday, taking every snap with the first-team offense.

The path to Sunday's practice has been a long one for Bradford, who has torn his ACL in each of the past two seasons. After taking 27 reps with the first-team offense, however, Bradford said he felt 100%.

"To just get out there and know my knee can do it, it was a really big step today," Bradford said. "Everything felt good."

Fantasy Impact:

One noticeable difference - Bradford was not sporting the bulky knee brace he did during OTAs, a decision he debated with team doctors. The story went on to say the rust of not playing for over a year was clearly there with Bradford. The usually accurate quarterback missed a few open throws, and was the only quarterback to be picked off during the close to two-hour practice.

Sam Bradford ready for camp opener Sunday

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 9:33am - [Full Article]

Eagles QB Sam Bradford is expected to be ready for 11-on-11 drills, a sign that nothing has gone horribly wrong during his last few weeks of rehab from a torn ACL that cost him all of last season. All indications are that nothing has changed on that front, and Bradford should be on the field when the team begins full-team drills. At least, that is what it sounds like rookie receiver Nelson Agholor, who recently worked out with Bradford, recently had to say to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "He's moving great. That's something the organization can share," Agholor said. "But to me, he looks great, he looks healthy."

Fantasy Impact:

It was made official Sunday morning, Bradford was cleared for camp with no restrictions. Bradford has said for a while he expected to be ready for the start of camp unless something went wrong. The Birds open camp today. HC Chip Kelly has indicated this is a QB competition with Mark Sanchez, but most of those who follow the team find that hard to believe and this has to be Bradford's job. Bradford is ranked 18th on our QB list and makes for a sleeper QB2 pick in drafts as long as he continues to progress through camp. From Mike Vick, to Nick Foles, to Sanchez, all have put up very usable fantasy numbers in Kelly's offense.

Monday, July 27, 2015, 9:50am - [Full Article]

When Eagles QB Sam Bradford returns in training camp and preseason, pay attention to his accuracy. Of the skills that HC Chip Kelly most values in a quarterback, he has made clear that accuracy is atop the list.

“I think in this league, getting someone who can throw it,” Kelly said. “You’d better have repetitive accuracy, you’d better have someone that can win a game throwing the football. And that’s what we’re looking for.”

It’s difficult to believe there’s truly a quarterback competition if Bradford is healthy, especially because the Eagles sacrificed Nick Foles and a second-round pick to acquire Bradford. Plus, they are paying Bradford almost $13 million. Yet Kelly stuck to his decree about competition.

“You’ve still have to go out and earn your jobs,” Kelly said. “If Sam throws 14 interceptions and Mark throws 14 touchdowns I can’t sit there and tell the team that Sam’s going to start and Mark’s not going to start. It doesn’t work that way."

“We’d like to get a quarterback in here that we can hang our hat on and build the rest of the team around,” Kelly said.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said it’s not lost on Kelly that the Eagles will have their third opening-day starting quarterback this season, and that Kelly has yet to find the franchise quarterback that the best teams have. The story also said that Kelly believes Bradford can be that franchise QB, and said there's a high percentage shot he'll bounce back from his ACL injury. Those who cover the team aren't buying there's a QB competition, and the only way we'll see Mark Sanchez is if Bradford isn't ready. Bradford is looking like a possible low-risk, high-reward QB option this year. Given the high number of plays the offense likes to run, and the QBs who have succeeded in the offense (Mike Vick, Nick Foles and Sanchez) thus far under Kelly, Bradford certainly has a chance to produce solid, fantasy numbers.

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