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August 28, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
Sam Bradford, Eagles: He's an interesting mid-round pick for someone who has one of the top-three QBs. If he flourishes, Bradford could be trade bait. Tom Brady, Patriots: Whoever makes the stupidest testicle joke at the draft has to buy the pizza. Brady will sit the first four games for deflating footballs. For now. Drew Brees, Saints: His yardage and touchdowns have declined each of the last four seasons, but that's only because he was playing at such a ridiculous level. Not having Jimmy Graham (and Kenny Stills)
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August 27, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
WHENEVER YOU take over a program, there's going to be any number of what-ifs to be concerned about. Even if you've been part of it as an assistant for almost three decades and have 10 Ivy League rings to show for that. One thing new Penn football coach Ray Priore doesn't figure to lose much sleep over this season is the guy taking snaps from center. And that can never be bad. "I think the mark of any program, since I've been in the league, you live and die by your quarterback play," he said yesterday.
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August 27, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
First off, it's the "zone-read" and not the "read-option. " Chip Kelly made that point early in his tenure with the Eagles. "Zone-read is just one guy," Kelly said in November 2013. "You read the defensive end or whomever and keep it. If you're running read-option, you're pulling off of him and then you have a pitch-back. " The Eagles use the zone-read, although not nearly as much, Kelly has insisted, as many believe. It is a play that involves the quarterback in the shotgun, holding the ball in the basket of a running back with two hands and either handing off or keeping based on his read of an unblocked defender.
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August 23, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 13, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 23, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 29, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Columnist
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.
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February 23, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 21, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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