Notes: 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 #13 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.
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Monday, July 6, 2015, 9:35am
It's fair to say that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly pulled the rip cord on the entire quarterback position this offseason.
Not only did Kelly trade Nick Foles and a second-round draft pick to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford and a draft choice, but Kelly also installed Ryan Day as the third quarterback's coach the third-year head coach will work with in the NFL.
Day quarterbacked Kelly's offense when he was the signal caller at the University of New Hampshire and Kelly called the plays as the Wildcats' offensive coordinator. He knows how to thrive in the uptempo scheme.
Throughout the spring, QB Sam Bradford shined, albeit in a limited role while still recovering from his twice-torn ACL. Bradford has yet to throw 11 on 11 in practice, but the target for that next step appears to have been training camp, all along.
Bradford ran a similar offense at Oklahoma so there are some high hopes for Bradford as an Eagles this year. Staying on the field, however, will obviously be the key. Right now Bradford has QB2 value, but that could climb if he stays healthy heading into and through camp. We've seen Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez put up solid fantasy numbers in this offense and a healthy Bradford should be able to do the same.
Posted by Anthony Stalter
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 9:46am
After suffering an ACL injury in Week 7 last year, Bradford has been able to practice in full during camp and will see his first preseason action in the second week. While rehabbing his lower body during the offseason, Bradford was able to add upper body strength and the added velocity on his throws is noticeable. He's also taking more shots down field in practice, which has been one of the knocks on Bradford over the last few seasons, as he's often referred to as "Captain Checkdown" by his detractors. For the first time in his career, he also could have a bona fide receiving corps led by a resurgent Kenny Britt, who has had an outstanding camp thus far. There's no debating that Bradford has the physical tools to succeed and now that he's in his third year in Brian Schottenheimer's offense, he may finally be ready to turn the corner in his fifth season.
Durability has been an issue for Bradford dating back to his days at Oklahoma when he suffered a shoulder injury during his Junior season. As a pro, he's missed 15 games over the past four years and is coming off major reconstructive knee surgery. While some will point to his lack of weapons and the fact that he had to learn three different offenses in his first three years in St. Louis, the fact remains that Bradford has yet to put up eye-popping numbers throughout his career. His YPA is a meager 6.3 as he's often criticized for not taking more shots downfield. Plus, the Rams are fully committed to being a run-first team in 2014, which will likely cap his scoring potential.
Bradford ranks as our 25th overall quarterback and he can be had as late as the 16th round in both standard and PPR formats. At this point he's a low-end QB2 with a ceiling of that of a high QB2. Even with the addition of Britt and the continued development of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, it's highly unlikely that Bradford is going to put up enough numbers in St. Louis' run-first attack to merit a fantasy roster spot. If he starts strong, you could also search for him on your waiver wire during the season.