That’s good news for the Birds because they’ll be counting on Bradley to have a big year in the middle.¬† Bradley’s teammate Brent Celek thinks the linebacker looks as good as ever.
“Stew looks good,” Celek said after practice yesterday. “Looks like his old self to me. I was telling him the other day, it doesn’t look like he was ever injured at all. I expect big things out of him, and I think he does out of himself, too.”
That sounds good and I know Celek is rooting for his buddy but coming back to top performance level right after knee surgery hasn’t been the history we’ve seen in the NFL.
I’m alerting everyone that Bradley shouldn’t be expected to have an outstanding year because players don’t normally get back to their top performance level until nearly two years after those ACL injuries.
Is he going to be able to cover Dallas Cowboys All-Pro tight end Jason Witten by himself?¬† Is it reasonable to expect him to cover some of the speedy backs in the league in this first year after the surgery?
I hope so, but we’ve seen some of the best athletes in the world not be able to play their best football in the first year after the ACL surgery.¬† If the former Nebraska Cornhusker has an outstanding year that will be great, but I don’t think it should be expected.
I thought Bradley was headed to being a very good middle linebacker and I think he’s still capable of being very good but I won’t be surprised if he struggles a bit.¬† This is usually what happens when after these injuries.
I know some Eagles fans aren’t as high on Bradley, because he’s not a great run stopper, but covering the pass was his strongest asset and the NFL game is about the passing game now.
Changing direction at top speeds is what covering the pass is all about and that’s usually the last thing to come back after knee surgery.