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Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:09am
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.
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.
Posted by Scott Pagel
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 6:33pm
Compared to the other Eagle receivers, Riley Cooper has nice size and should be a potential red zone threat. Two years ago, he really connected with Nick Foles and from Week 6 on produced over 700 yards and seven TDs over the final 11 games in 2013. Cooper is in a good system as the Eagles run a fast-paced offense with a lot of plays.
Cooper was a total bust in 2014 even when Foles was the QB. That continued after Mark Sanchez took over and used Jordan Matthews a lot more. The team drafted Nelson Agholor this past spring, and many feel Josh Huff is ready to take on a bigger role. That could push Cooper down to fourth on the Eagles depth chart. The team never seems to take advantage of his size in the red zone either, but that could also be due to a lack of trust.
Cooper does do a lot of things right, according to the team, but blocking and special team don't equal fantasy points. So, Cooper is buried at 78th on our WR list and there isn't a ton of value there right now. While you just never know in this offense, the odds seem stacked against him with other potential younger receivers poised to break out.
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