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Monday, July 27, 2015, 9:50am
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.
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.
Posted by Anthony Stalter
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 2:15pm
Nick Foles enjoyed great fantasy success in 2013 when he threw 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions while leading the Eagles to the playoffs. But he never seemed to be Chip Kelly's guy and following an injury-ravaged 2014, Foles received a new lease on life when St. Louis acquired him from Philadelphia back in March. Foles has already drawn praise for his leadership abilities and reportedly has developed a report with defacto No. 1 receiver Kenny Britt. In theory, Todd Gurley, Tre Mason and the Rams' running game will force defenses to load the box, which will open up the play-action pass for Foles. There's also some hope that new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti will figure out what Brian Schottenheimer couldn't: How to turn former top-10 pick Tavon Austin into a weapon in the passing game.
The Rams will likely start rookies Rob Havenstein and Jamon Brown along their offensive line and their projected starting center, Barrett Jones, has yet to start a game in the NFL. If Rodger Saffold continues to have durability issues and/or second-year left tackle Greg Robinson doesn't take a significant step in his development, Foles could be buried behind a shaky offensive line. There are also plenty of questions at receiver, as Britt has never topped 800 yards in any season, Austin has been nothing more than a gadget player early in his career, Brian Quick is rehabbing from a nasty arm/shoulder injury, and Jared Cook has never developed into the mismatch at tight end that the Rams hoped he'd be when they handed him $19 million guaranteed in 2013. Plus, even if the offensive line and receivers exceed expectations in St. Louis, can Foles put up quality fantasy production now that he's out of Kelly's quarterback-friendly system? Even before he was injured last year, Foles struggled with accuracy and turnovers as defenses caught up with Kelly's offense.
Foles projects as a game-manager in the Rams' run-first offense. Even if he winds up having what would be considered a good season, he'll likely max out between 20 and 23 touchdowns, and around 3,800 yards. Currently sitting at No. 21 in our quarterback rankings, Foles projects as a low-end QB2 for 2015. There are too many questions surrounding the Rams' offense and Foles' potential isn't too intriguing.
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