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May 29, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SAM BRADFORD didn't ask for any sort of reassurance as draft week approached and rumors flew about the Eagles' quest for Marcus Mariota, Bradford said yesterday. "We didn't really have any discussions like that," Bradford said after participating sparingly in an organized team activity session at NovaCare. "I don't think it's their job to fill me in on what they're thinking upstairs. " This was prefaced by the usual sportspeak from Bradford about not worrying over things he can't control.
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June 2, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES were upfront from the day they traded for him in March, that Sam Bradford was still in midrecovery from his second ACL surgery in as many years. Still, it was a bit of a shock to confront the reality last week, when reporters were allowed to watch OTA work for the first time. The guy who's going to be paid $13 million to quarterback the team this year can't quarterback yet, and doesn't seem all that close to being full-go. He might do some seven-on-seven work today - Chip Kelly said Thursday that Bradford was scheduled to start that this week, though he didn't specify today, the only time reporters will watch workouts during that time span.
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June 18, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THERE WERE moments yesterday when Sam Bradford's face became a portal into his soul. Standing on a practice field in the sweltering heat, wearing a conspicuous black brace around his left knee, he drew back the veil on the emotions that raged within. They were all there, in their rawest forms: frustration, bewilderment, pain. By the time he had finished speaking, it was clear that the new Eagles quarterback had experienced a trial that no man should have to endure. I mean, seriously, have you ever been surrounded by 30 people yelling over the top of one another to ask repetitive questions about one of your body parts?
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March 30, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Bradford never finished better than 18th in the NFL in completion percentage in four seasons with the Rams, and yet, when Chip Kelly was asked what separated the quarterback from Nick Foles, he said "overall accuracy. " The numbers don't support the Eagles coach's claim. Bradford's 58.6 career completion percentage is three points lower than Foles' 61.6 mark. But numbers don't always tell the full story, and it's clear that Kelly has calculated the difference he expects his offense will have on the success of Bradford following this month's trade with St. Louis.
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May 1, 2015
"And with the second pick of the NFL draft, the Eagles officially entered the Sam Bradford era. "   THAT'S NOT exactly what commissioner Roger Goodell said at 8:20 p.m. last night, but it's what Eagles fans should have heard. Perhaps now you can buy a "Bradford" jersey at the mall. All of the rumor and speculation surrounding Marcus Mariota ended when the Titans held fast and chose the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Eagles emperor Chip Kelly said the Birds spoke with both the Buccaneers and the Titans, who held the top two picks, on Wednesday and last night, but their asking prices were too high for the Eagles to even compile an offer.
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March 31, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Josh Heupel had watched the surreal scene on TV last August - the quarterback he'd helped coach to a Heisman Trophy hopping on his right leg, leaving his left leg to dangle in the air at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Sam Bradford had locked his left knee as Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant hit him in the pocket during a preseason game, and if Heupel couldn't see the terror on Bradford's face in that moment, he could hear the resignation in his voice when he called Bradford a few days later.
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June 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Bradford participated in seven-on-seven drills during the Eagles' organized team activities on Tuesday, a sign of progress for the quarterback who is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Tuesday marked the first time Bradford took part in those drills, although this should not be viewed as a major turning point. He took about five snaps and split time with Mark Sanchez. Bradford also did his usual work in individual drills and was able to jog from station to station.
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May 30, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a brace covering his twice surgically repaired left knee, Sam Bradford participated in individual passing drills with the other three Eagles quarterbacks during organized team activities Thursday. But when practice progressed to seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills, Bradford became a bystander. The presumed starting quarterback was a limited participant at the NovaCare Complex, as he has been all week. Coach Chip Kelly said that Bradford is "right on schedule" in his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
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June 20, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
For a moment, assume the worst for Sam Bradford. Picture him at Lambeau Field on Aug. 29, dropping back to pass against the Packers during the Eagles' third preseason game. The third exhibition game is a team's most important preseason game. It's the dress rehearsal for the regular season. It's Bradford's best chance, maybe his only chance before the final score starts to matter, to answer the questions about whether, after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament twice in a 10-month span, he can make Chip Kelly's offense purr like a Ferrari 458 over 16 games.
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June 2, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The prospective third-string quarterback of the Eagles stopped in the center of a NovaCare Complex practice field Thursday to shake owner Jeffrey Lurie's hand and chat a while, and then Tim Tebow turned to his right to face a familiar sight in a familiar setting. There, 105 reporters and writers clustered together in a tight, sweat-stinking group under an oppressive midafternoon sun. It was 90 degrees, the air like moist gauze, and from the weather to the horde of media awaiting Tebow, this could have been Gainesville, Fla., in 2008 or Cortland, N.Y., in 2012.
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June 20, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
For a moment, assume the worst for Sam Bradford. Picture him at Lambeau Field on Aug. 29, dropping back to pass against the Packers during the Eagles' third preseason game. The third exhibition game is a team's most important preseason game. It's the dress rehearsal for the regular season. It's Bradford's best chance, maybe his only chance before the final score starts to matter, to answer the questions about whether, after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament twice in a 10-month span, he can make Chip Kelly's offense purr like a Ferrari 458 over 16 games.
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June 19, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHIP KELLY made the annual, ceremonial declaration common to all coaches, that no hard and fast conclusions should emerge from the Eagles' spring work. Yesterday's bit of cautionary Kelly boilerplate might be more accurate than usual this year, given the long list of new starters we haven't seen in pads yet, and the fact that the presumed No. 1 quarterback, Sam Bradford, has yet to throw in an 11-on-11 session. "It's a lot of new people coming into the fold right now, but chemistry is going to come," cornerback Byron Maxwell said.
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June 19, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The nail that sticks up gets hammered down. - Japanese proverb For the second straight day, Chip Kelly was asked on Wednesday to clarify the perplexing question of why he chose to dismiss an accomplished starter who had two years remaining on his contract. And for the second straight day, Kelly said a lot without saying very much, content to allow one explanation to chase the other's tail like a dog spinning in a tight circle while going nowhere. Kelly is a pretty good football coach, but he's untouchable in debate class.
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June 18, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THERE WERE moments yesterday when Sam Bradford's face became a portal into his soul. Standing on a practice field in the sweltering heat, wearing a conspicuous black brace around his left knee, he drew back the veil on the emotions that raged within. They were all there, in their rawest forms: frustration, bewilderment, pain. By the time he had finished speaking, it was clear that the new Eagles quarterback had experienced a trial that no man should have to endure. I mean, seriously, have you ever been surrounded by 30 people yelling over the top of one another to ask repetitive questions about one of your body parts?
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June 18, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
TRAVIS LONG feels Sam Bradford's pain. The Eagles linebacker knows what it's like to have a torn ACL knock you down not once, but twice. He knows what it's like to spend lonely months recovering from the devastating injury, and then, just when you feel whole again, just when you think it's OK to smile again, bam, it happens again. Bradford's back-to-back ACL injuries to his left knee are all anybody can talk about around here, and rightfully so. His ability to make a full recovery from his latest ACL tear and stay healthy very well could help determine whether the Eagles are able to make a serious Super Bowl run this season or miss the playoffs again.
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June 17, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Sanchez spent the spring the way he finished last season - taking snaps as the Eagles' first-team quarterback. Depending on Sam Bradford's health, this week's mandatory minicamp might be Sanchez's last opportunity to take the majority of the snaps. The Eagles will practice Tuesday through Thursday before packing up for summer and returning for training camp Aug. 2. Bradford could be recovered from the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee by the start of camp. Although coach Chip Kelly said it would be an open competition at quarterback, the Eagles probably did not surrender Nick Foles and a second-round pick for a healthy Bradford to hold a clipboard on the sideline.
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June 11, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that quarterback Sam Bradford has done a "great job" so far in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and reiterated that the quarterback is still on schedule. Bradford is participating in seven-on-seven drills but not in full-team drills as he recovers from September surgery to repair his second torn ACL in as many seasons. "He's got a schedule, and he's worked very hard," Kelly said. "We think he's right on track.
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June 10, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Bradford's progress is measured in increments this time of year. The Eagles quarterback took part in only individual drills during the first week of organized team activities. He mixed in two seven-on-seven drills in the second week. The third week started Monday and Bradford added a few more snaps to his workload. He still wears a bulky brace on his left knee. He's still not as healthy as the other quarterbacks on the Eagles' roster. But Bradford remains on schedule - even if that schedule does not have a firm date for rejoining the team as a full participant.
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June 10, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
TAKING COMMAND of a group that hasn't seen you lead it through a game - or even a practice - can be tricky, Sam Bradford acknowledged. "It is a little bit difficult," the Eagles quarterback said yesterday, after again throwing in seven-on-seven sessions during OTAs. Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow quarterbacked for all the full-team reps. "Yeah, I wish I were out there taking every rep. I think it'd make it a little easier to take on that leadership role and develop some of those relationships.
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June 5, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before the Eagles traded for Sam Bradford in March, Chip Kelly turned to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur for information about the quarterback from the time they spent together in St. Louis. Shurmur was Bradford's offensive coordinator in 2010, when Bradford was offensive rookie of the year and almost led the Rams to the playoffs. Then Shurmur accepted the head coaching job in Cleveland, and Bradford went through two more offensive coordinators while dealing with injuries in three of the next four seasons.
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