August 22, 2015 |
The most anticipated moment of the Eagles' preseason could come Saturday if Sam Bradford is behind center for the first offensive snap of the Eagles-Ravens game. Although coach Chip Kelly has not officially confirmed that Bradford will play and start on Saturday, Bradford said he expects to play and he has taken first-team snaps during practice throughout the week - including Friday's walk-through. Kelly was not made available for comment on Friday. Bradford's passing ability should be clear in the game.
August 13, 2015 |
At this point in his career, Mark Sanchez has nearly seen it all. What he hasn't seen enough of this summer - although he won't say it, but you can bet he wants it - is time with the first-team offense. Sam Bradford has taken the majority of first-team repetitions - approximately 90 percent to Sanchez's 10 percent - since the first day of Eagles training camp eight practices ago. At this point, he has seemingly earned it. Bradford has been increasingly accurate. But Chip Kelly said in the spring that there would be an open competition at quarterback, despite overwhelming reasons to hand Bradford the job from the jump.
July 23, 2015 |
It all started with thousands of quarterbacks at Nike combines around the country, playing for a chance to be in the Elite 11 quarterback competition. Those thousands became 30 in June. The 30 were then whittled to the 18 quarterbacks who made the trip to Nike's headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. And when a week of competition produced the Elite 11 last Friday, two Philadelphia-area quarterbacks stood among the nation's best. "I think that everyone looks at the meccas of high school football being Texas, Florida, or California," said Archbishop Wood's Anthony Russo, who was joined in the Elite 11 by Council Rock North's Brandon McIlwain.
May 29, 2015 |
A DUCK never is just a duck with Chip Kelly. There always is a deeper meaning or grander plan to everything The Most Interesting Coach in the World does. Or so we have been conditioned to believe. He is a chess master who always is thinking three or four or five or 100 moves ahead. And when he saw fit to sign Tim Tebow last month, well, our imaginations ran wild with the ways Kelly probably was planning to use him, none of which had anything to do with him throwing the football. He's going to be a short-yardage specialist and be used on two-point attempts.
February 23, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - The quarterbacks took the field Saturday for testing and throwing at the NFL scouting combine, and both Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston drew positive reviews for their performances. Many top quarterbacks were reluctant to throw at the combine in past seasons. Neither Mariota nor Winston avoided the uncontrolled setting without familiar receivers, capping off a strong weekend in which Winston reportedly interviewed well with teams and Mariota ran one of the best 40-yard dashes by a quarterback in recent history.
February 21, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - If Marcus Mariota does not reunite with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia, he'll likely play in an offense that is different from what he experienced at Oregon. That team might even huddle. This is fine with Mariota, who sounds as if he does not want to be considered a system quarterback. "It will be an adjustment I'll be able to handle," Mariota said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. "Learning as much as I can, learning how my drops time up with the route concepts and how my feet are going to help me go through my progressions: All this stuff is little things that I can continue to work on that will help my adjustment.
February 14, 2015 |
15 quarterbacks 36 running backs 44 receivers 19 tight ends 52 offensive linemen 56 defensive linemen 34 linebackers 54 defensive backs 13 specialists SOURCE: NFL.com
January 12, 2015 |
DALLAS - NFL scouts visited Eugene, Ore., this season and asked Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost what system he would run with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota in the pros. "Whatever the hell offense you want to run," Frost replied. "I think he can do anything. " Mariota has turned into college football's biggest star in the offense that Eagles coach Chip Kelly brought to Oregon. When Mariota was a freshman, Kelly predicted that he would win the Heisman.
December 10, 2014 |
The standard questions about the health of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles arose again Monday and the standard non-answers from coach Chip Kelly followed. Andy Reid used to love opening his news conferences with injury updates whereas Kelly loves to pretend he's never looked at or asked about an injury report. "No, I have no updates on Nick," Kelly said the day after backup quarterback Mark Sanchez and the Eagles offense fell limp in a 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Whenever an offense fails as fantastically as the Eagles did Sunday, it's natural that the quarterback's role is discussed.
December 8, 2014 |
Know any good young quarterbacks who can't run? The NFL could use a few. Deep into this 2014 season, two facts about the league's quarterbacks can't be ignored. First, and most problematic for a league whose signal-callers are its most prominent stars: The best of them are graying faster than a mid-January afternoon. Peyton Manning is 38. Tom Brady is 37. Drew Brees is 35. That's a lot of passing yards, record-book entries, and merchandising dollars headed for the exit. Not too far behind in total birthdays are Phillip Rivers (32)