• October 5, 2022

Why Sam Bradford Needs To Play The First Half

SamBradford113Eagles fans were celebrating Sam Bradford getting up from a Terrell Suggs hit against the Ravens, but the truth of matter is he didn’t do much in the Saturday night game.  He threw the ball only five times and completed three of them.  It really wasn’t anything special.

We need to see more of Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford this weekend and he wants to play more.  Timing in practice and timing in a game are two different things.  I noticed he started rushing his throws a bit when he played against the Ravens last week.

The adrenaline that surges through you in a game can cause you to hurry if you don’t calm down and relax.  The more you play the more you’re able to find out where you should be emotionally to do your job.  Quarterbacks need to be relaxed and clear headed.

Bradford needs to be put in the lineup and allowed to play for at least the first half.   I think it would be a good idea to let him play a few snaps at the beginning of the second half because that’s something you must get used to as well.

Chip Kelly says that he’s not concerned about Bradford’s health any more.

“I think he’s beyond cautiousness physically,” Kelly told NJ.com Advance Media today. “That’s not a factor in terms of what we want to do or what we want to accomplish.”

If that’s really the case then let him play at least a half on Saturday.

“I plan to play,”  Bradford told Eagles 24/7 after practice today.  “It’s always his decision.  We haven’t talked about it.  I don’t know how much I’ll play, but yeah I plan to play.”

I agree with Bradford that he needs to get on the field and get a feel for what he’s going to be up against in the regular season.  I would like to see him develop his timing with the receivers in real NFL game action.  If he’s going to get hurt, he’s going to get hurt.  They can’t keep treating him like he’s made of glass.

“Just getting out there and getting a feel for game speed,” Bradford said when he was asked about playing Saturday. “When you are out there in the preseason, it’s one speed, then in the regular season it ramps up another level. Just getting back out there, getting used to bodies around me in the pocket, being able to move away from those in the pocket, and getting a feel for everything.”

It’ll be interesting to see if Kelly allows Bradford to really get his feet wet, by letting him play the first half.  Kelly somewhat jokingly says he’s concerned about the weather in Green Bay.

“There’s rain coming in Green Bay”, Kelly said. “The temperature was 54 today. I’ve been monitoring the weather, so, that’s a factor. There are others, but we’ll start with the weather.”

Bradford wants to play and he gave plenty of reasons why he should play on Saturday.

“To play the one drive was great, but it’s nice to go on the field multiple times, establish that rhythm, work on communication with the line, with the receivers and talk about what we are seeing on the field. So when it gets to the regular season, that isn’t something we have to work through.”

We don’t want Bradford still showing rust when he takes the field against the Atlanta Falcons on September 14.  The only chance he’s going to get to erase of some of that rust is to play at least a half on Saturday.  You can only get but so much out of practice.

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paulman
paulman
August 27, 2015 5:48 pm

I would be very surprised if Bradford plays more than 3-4 Series
With the rash of Serious and Season ending Injuries around the NFL over the last week, I expect most established Coachs & Teams with Veteran Players to play it safe in Week # 3 and be cautious with their Starters Playing Time..
The old days of playing Starters in Week #3 into the 3rd Quarter is a thing of the past..
I do think that Bradford could use more reps as G-Manindicated inthe article but I just don’t think Chip Kelly will have him out there for 35-40 Plays

mhenski
mhenski
August 27, 2015 5:51 pm

Reports r out that the Packers will not play any starters this weekend which means we won’t see Bradford compete really at all this preseason. Also if this report is true I’d expect the Eagles to probably follow suit and not play their starters more than a quarter. Minimize risk in meaningless games and make the tough decisions on who to cut easier.

Now cue paulman saying this is probably chips most important game to date

paulman
paulman
August 27, 2015 5:56 pm
Reply to  mhenski

I did say earlier that Packers Coach McCarthy was not going to play many Starters many reps so this Game #3 is not the Dress-rehearsal that the Eagles & Fans were looking for

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
August 27, 2015 6:01 pm
Reply to  paulman

I’m not surprised. Aaron Rodgers and a lot of the Packers starters played a lot in their second pre-season game. It’s supposed to be nasty weather wise…lots of rain.

RealTalk777
RealTalk777
August 28, 2015 4:42 pm
Reply to  Eaglehaslanded

Eagles…with the weather possibly being a factor then maybe it’s best Bradford only plays a few series. Before I heard your weather report, haha…I was thinking this is probably the best game to let him play, get some of that rust off…with Packers resting starters and all. Even though he’s looking sharp in practice, that’s nothing compared to playing against another team, who runs things that you don’t see every day

mhenski
mhenski
August 28, 2015 5:17 pm
Reply to  RealTalk777

Weather gonna be crystal clear tomorrow night in Green Bay.

paulman
paulman
August 27, 2015 5:53 pm

***Former 76er Darryl Dawkins passed away today at the age of 58 from a Heart Attack per ESPN.. Dawkins was the first player ever I the NBA to be draftedright from High Schoolto the NBA.. Prayers go out to his Family and the 76ers Family…God Bless…

paulman
paulman
August 27, 2015 6:12 pm

Bradford for 1st Quarter
Barkley for 2nd Quarter/Eraly 3rd and then Tebow Time for remainder Game

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
August 27, 2015 6:21 pm

Has Taylor Hart done anything to be considered someone who should make the team? I think Brian Mihalik has outplayed him. Thus far, I have seen nothing from Hart that tells me he is an NFL player…practice squad at best.

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 10:50 am
Reply to  Eaglehaslanded

Taylor Hart went to Oregon, that’s all he needs to make the Team..
Mihalik will be Practice Squad and needs to add some lbs and strength to his frame.. but he’s looked pretty active going against 3rd Stringers

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
August 28, 2015 11:17 am
Reply to  Eaglehaslanded

Taylor Hart looks real good this preseason. He has certainly outplayed his draft class peers in the 2 preseason games. ( Marcus Smith, Josh Huff, Jaylen Watkins, Ed Reynolds) Jordan Matthews is the prize of the class. But Beau Allen and Taylor Hart both look good this preseason. Out of the 2nd teamers. Cox is massively better than Bair. Logan is way better than Allen. But the talent gap between Thornton and Hart is the closest.

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
August 28, 2015 11:30 am

E0S, I have not seen Hart make any plays or heard his name called during the games. No one has written anything about him standing out or making plays in OTA’s or practice. The only thing written about Hart is the 20 lbs. of muscle he put on during his time on the PS and off season. I have seen him slow to the point of attack and get washed out from plays on the los.

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
August 28, 2015 11:46 am
Reply to  Eaglehaslanded

I thought Taylor Hart played well in the 2 preseason games. I predict he makes the game day rotation this year especially with Vinny Curry getting snaps at OLB.

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
August 28, 2015 12:02 pm

Based on what I have seen thus far, I would be surprised if he gets any meaningful snaps. Perhaps over the next two games he will change my mind.

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
August 28, 2015 12:00 pm
Reply to  Eaglehaslanded

I don’t think Thornton gets an extension this year and departs as a free agent unless Cox and Logan price themselves out like Maclin did. So at some point Hart might be handed the starting job. He will certainly get a long look in the regular season.

Eaglehaslanded
Eaglehaslanded
August 28, 2015 12:09 pm

That’s reasonable.

mhenski
mhenski
August 28, 2015 11:07 am

first 3 cuts
brandon baire
najee goode
Chris Prosinski

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
August 28, 2015 11:19 am
Reply to  mhenski

Mhenski is that projection or official ?

mhenski
mhenski
August 28, 2015 11:29 am

nah my best guess. think jaylen watkins might go also

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 1:01 pm

NFL Teams are at 90 Players Maximum and Need to Cut-Down to 75 Players by Tue 9/1 at 4pm, then they have to Cut Down from 75 to 53 by Saturday 9/5 by 4pm so lots of Cuts coming Quickly

Eagles are Currently at 89 Players with 14 Players that will get Released
by Tuesday 9/1 4pm

On Offense
QB/WR – KJ Kinnie
RB Kevin Monangai
WR Josh Reese
WR Mike Johnson
TE Andrew Gleichert
OT Kevin Graff
Guard Mike Coccia
Guard/Center David Molk

Defense
DE Alfy Hill
LB Dasman McCullum
LB Deontae SKinner
CB Marc Anthony
Safety Brandan Bishop

Kicker – Kip Smith

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 1:07 pm

Position Battles

At WR
Aijoroutu, Austin and Bailey… 2 will make it and 1 will not
(I think Rasheed Bailey makes the 53 Man Roster)

At OL (5 Starters are Peters, Barbree,Kelce, Gardner and LJ)

Out of 10 Back-Ups – Moffitt, Vandervelde, Kelly, Tobin, Bunche, Boyko, Andrews, Wheeler,Molk, Coccia .. Only 4 Players will make it

Xevious
Xevious
August 28, 2015 2:03 pm
Reply to  paulman

Aijoroutu has dropped more than a few…He should be the odd man out here. To chime in on somethings from above, Taylor hart has been pretty impressive this preseason. He has gotten a lot of props. We will see though. Need to see Bradford for at least 3-4 series tomorrow.

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 2:29 pm

3 Players on Offense who I would like to see make the 53 Man Roster

RB/Returnman Kejon Barner
WR Rasheed Bailey
TE Eric Tomlinson

gloomysmitty
gloomysmitty
August 28, 2015 4:31 pm
Reply to  paulman

Bailey isn’t gonna make it maybe the practice squad that’s it. To slow to small…

tsjohnson5
tsjohnson5
August 28, 2015 2:52 pm

Bubblewrap.

Just put the man in bubblewrap ’till the season starts.

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 7:28 pm

**NFL News***
Independent Doctor claims RG3 is not fit to Play after being cleared earlier this week fromTeam Doctors and actually practiced this week..
I believe RG3 had an independent Dr come today and I also believe that RG3 has played his final game for the Redskins for their is total confusion, mis-trust and an overall lack of Respect between the Coach’s, RG3, Teammates, the Front Office and RG3’s Father… I believe he will be Traded on Monday to the Houston Texans or possibly the KC Chiefs

haveacigar
haveacigar
August 28, 2015 8:08 pm
Reply to  paulman

The Texans have offered 6 kicking tees and 3 Gatorade buckets, the Chiefs have offered two cases of mouth guards and those towels that centers put on their waist for the qb to wipe his hands . Redskins are holding out because certain ilinformed Gcobb posters want chip to offer 3 ones a two and Riley cooper

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 7:41 pm

Watching Patriots/Panthers Game ..
Both Brady & Cam Newton Playing with #1 Starters so far…

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 8:13 pm

4 Series for Pats 1st Offense – 2 Brady INT’s by Panthers DB’s Charles Tillman and Kurt Coleman
This is 4th Panthers Series who have a FG so far.. Cam Newton looking crappy also,neither Team can Run the Ball

deserteagle
deserteagle
August 28, 2015 8:14 pm

Pman I looked over the cuts. You have the Eagles keeping tebow and Barkley?

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 8:35 pm
Reply to  deserteagle

No Desert ,my Cuts listed above was just the first round of Cuts to go from 90 to 75 Players
Then they will have to Cut another 22 Players by next Sat afternoon after their 4th & Final Preseason Game

At QB, I have Tebow getting Cut

deserteagle
deserteagle
August 28, 2015 8:42 pm
Reply to  paulman

Gotcha. Thanks. If I put you on the spot (assuming no injuries ) I’m curious your 53 man …

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 8:24 pm

Patrick Chung getting toasted by Panthers TE G Olsen
A Bradley Fletcher sighting !!!

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 8:29 pm

Fletcher breaks up a Pass to Ted GinnJr..
Cam Newton takes a 15 Yard Sack…
I don’t know of too many experienced QB’s who have as little Pocket Awareness as CamNewton does, maybe Mike Vick .. It’s embarrassing to see a5 Year Vet with 75 NFL Games under your belt andstillnot be able to sense,feel or see a Rush coming… Some thingsyoujust can’t Coach

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 8:31 pm

Tom Brady back out for his 5th Series
3rd & Long and loss of yards so another Punt by Patriots
Brady and Pats OL & WR looking like crap..

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 8:40 pm

For Fantasy Fans, Panthers TE Greg Olsen would be a great pick as he will see lots of passes from Cam Newton withWR K Benjamin out for the Season

Late 2nd Quarter – Still 3-0 asPanthers WR Philly Jones just dropped a Pass in the End Zone

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 8:47 pm

Philly Brown drops 2 more Passes as Panthers have to settle for FG and take a 6-0 lead.. Brady to come out for 2 minute Drill
Patriots have about 5 First Downs versus the Panthers Defense
LBKuechley & 1st Round Pick Shaquille Thompson have been active
GMCliff’s Kony Ealy is looking good with a Sack and a few other solid rushes

Mac Dolo
Mac Dolo
August 28, 2015 9:09 pm
Reply to  paulman

Are you a Panthers fan or an Eagles fan they do have Panthers blogs on the net where you can post your play by play analysis Paulman.

deserteagle
deserteagle
August 28, 2015 9:13 pm
Reply to  Mac Dolo

Mac. He’s doing meth …play by play..shhh

Mac Dolo
Mac Dolo
August 28, 2015 9:31 pm
Reply to  deserteagle

He need to come out west where he can get mass quantities of the shit.

deserteagle
deserteagle
August 28, 2015 9:55 pm
Reply to  Mac Dolo

Las Vegas insider early current NFC predictions has the Eagles sitting behind Green Bay and Seattle neither of which are prohibitive ahead of the Eagles ,Dallas and Minny..NFC G.B. 3/1 Seattle 16/5 Phil.17/2 Dallas 8-1 Minny 14-1 AZ18-1..I’d assume if seattles issues (unsigned disgruntled players persisted ) the Packers would be the main obstacle in the NFC..I’ll be interested to see there depth tomorrow as many starters aren’t playing..

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 10:47 pm
Reply to  deserteagle

Don’t sleep on Detroit Lions this Season
If they develop aRunning Game with j Bell & A Abdullah, they will be a Playoff Team and tough to beat at their Place

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 8:50 pm

I’ll post my 53 Man Eagles Roster after Packers Game
There is probably 5-6 Spots still up for grabs (OL,WR,QB,LB & Safety & maybe TE)

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 8:52 pm

Brady 5 of 9 for 40 Yardswith2 Int’s

PanthersLuke Kuechley looks to have injured his left leg/foot…

paulman
paulman
August 28, 2015 8:57 pm

Panthers are playing without their Top3 DLalsowhoare hurt
DE Charles Johnson, DT Star Lotuleile & DT Kwann Short

Brady a 20 YardLaser TD Pass to 6-7″ TE Scott Chandler who they signed in Free-Agency fromBuffalo and will have a great year with Brady as Gronkowski will command most of the attention

mhenski
mhenski
August 29, 2015 7:57 am

Wtf is your problem u fool ? Nobody cares about panthers pats you looser.

haveacigar
haveacigar
August 29, 2015 10:02 am

another piece of evidence proving fraudman doesn’t know a damn thing. I remember him and others saying that mariotta would struggle learning how to huddle and take a snap from center- unfortunately, its a saturday morning and i’m waiting for a repairman and watching titans/chiefs and guess what… mariotta in a huddle, mariotta under center, mariotta hitting 75% of his passes in a conventional offense…. as hac pointed out at the time… you can teach a pee wee player to huddle and take a ball from center… trust me it wasn’t a 10 minute lesson for mariotta… more lunacy from the fraud

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 10:55 am

Mariota has looked very good thus far which is a credit to him and his Coach’s
Let’s see how he does when the live bullets are flying and Teams/Defenses are actually Game Planning for him before electing him to the HOF but he has improved each week during the Preseason as has J Winston, Amari Cooper, and many of the Top Rookies which is good for the NFL and good for those Teams who selected them and good for the Players who are living their Dream..

haveacigar
haveacigar
August 29, 2015 12:17 pm
Reply to  paulman

Fraudman, i did not put him in the HOF, not even close. I simply pointed out that one of your nonsense predictions stated that it would take a year for him to sit, learn how to do a huddle and take a snap from center. Kids say the darndest things.

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 2:38 pm
Reply to  haveacigar

I didn’t say Mariota had to sit 1 Year once in the NFL, I simply stated that he will have a longer transition to the NFL operating from the Pocket under Center as most followers and analyst of the NFLstated as well since Mariota has only worked out of a spread, read option based Offense his entire College Career
He’s a smart Player and hard worker so there is no reason he can’t have success early in his Career but it will take him a year or two like it does every QB coming out of the College Ranks to adjust to NFL..
The best thing going for Mariota is that it appears he has a HC and GM & Ownership and probably the Titan Fan Base that will be patient, realistic expectations and the Wisenhut has tweaked their system so that there will be plays, formations that best fits Mariota so he can have some early success..
Mariota’s off to a good start, as is J Winston and even last years Top QB’s like Bridgewater, Bortles, Carr & even Johnny Football have looked a lot better in Year 2 than their Rookie Seasons which is all a part of the maturation process which takes maturity, a strong work ethic and good Coaching and a buy in by the entire organization & front office personnel … It appears that both Mariota & Winston have that starting out which should go a long ways for their progress ..

haveacigar
haveacigar
August 29, 2015 2:45 pm
Reply to  paulman

Nope- incorrect Fraudman…. You stated he’d have to probably sit a year to learn how to huddle, take a snap from center and run a conventional offense. You don’t know football

haveacigar
haveacigar
August 29, 2015 2:48 pm
Reply to  haveacigar

You also stTed he’d be so bad that the Titans woukd cut him and he would reunite with chip

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 3:21 pm
Reply to  haveacigar

Your such a Fool with nothing else to do I guess HAC . Your Arrogant and a Pompous Ass on top of it which is why no one likes you.. To each his own I guess.. You come up with Posts that have little to nothing to do with anything…
Go get your Pipe & Robe Professor… Good Grief your Boring …

mhenski
mhenski
August 29, 2015 4:29 pm
Reply to  paulman

Wait the guy posting play by play from the pats panthers game last night is telling people they have nothing else to do, and telling people they come up with posts that have little to nothing to do with anything????

haveacigar
haveacigar
August 29, 2015 6:32 pm
Reply to  paulman

Fraud if ggcobb was the high school cafeteria I’d be sitting at the cool kid table and you’d be that nerd with tape on his glasses sitting alone with everyone making fun of you. They’d be afraid because your wierd and pick boogers and eat then!

haveacigar
haveacigar
August 29, 2015 6:37 pm
Reply to  paulman

Fraud you mean the posts where I correct your mistaken football knowledge? When I point out the truth about your absurdity? And you call me pompous? Your pomposity is legendary! I’m arrogant because I have some knowledge you are arrogant and don’t know anything

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 6:59 pm
Reply to  paulman

Your Funny HAC, I have forgotten more Football than you have ever shared on here.. It’s funny that when I think about the 5-6-7 years being on here, I can’t recall 1 Poster ever asking you (HAC) to explain, analyze, predict, your opinion on anything pertaining to Football.. Why is that HAC? I have Fun on here and don’t take anything seriously on here for I a way too old for that… Meanwhile I’ll continue to respond to the many Posters on here who ask me Football or Eagle Questions , meanwhile you can continue to sit from your high horse and criticize, chastise and bring up unrelated topics without adding a damn thing of substance to anything Football Wise… I get it HAC, your a Loser and have the need to try to sound bright or intelligent, personally, I could give a rats ass.. I was here when you were under your original sign on, and ill be here when you change to another one…

haveacigar
haveacigar
August 29, 2015 7:03 pm
Reply to  paulman

I’ve only had one sign on. So there is another thing you don’t know. Fraud you don’t know anything so there is nothing you could have forgotten.

haveacigar
haveacigar
August 29, 2015 7:00 pm

Put another way Fraudman… I’m the Fonz and you are Potsie

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 7:04 pm
Reply to  haveacigar

Your more like a combined “Lenny & Squiggy” .. Good Greif…

haveacigar
haveacigar
August 29, 2015 7:09 pm
Reply to  paulman

Up your nose with a rubber hose and then sit on it!

mhenski
mhenski
August 29, 2015 7:12 pm
Reply to  paulman

Paul I’m done busting your balls I feel bad for you. Last night live play by play from a preseason pats panthers game on a Eagles site on a Friday night. I genuinely feel bad for you man all lonely holed up in the sticks in methville nc with nobody to talk to.

Man you should join some groups, volunteer somewhere or something man. Gcobb 24/7/365.25 and nothing else is bananas bro.

paul take a break man at least a few hours a day.

Live play by play on pats panthers preseason man?? Good grief. Get some help

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
August 29, 2015 7:26 pm

Kiss my grits at the Regal Beagle –
making me laugh with the
hilarious Ole timer TV shows catch phrases before cable

haveacigar
haveacigar
August 29, 2015 7:35 pm

What you talkin bout Willis?

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 7:58 pm

Back to Football

Packers Aaron Rodgers is not suiting up and playing tonight
Packers have 3 Stsrting OL injure and out for this meaningless game so Rodgers is not going to get exposed to needless hits…
I expect Bradford to play 3-4 Series and then Barkley/Tebow for the rest of the Game ..this may end up a real sleeper …

paulman
paulman
August 29, 2015 8:01 pm

Ravens beating Redskins 10-0 as Cousins looks shaky vs the Ravens
Bills laid it onthe Steelers 43-19 this afternoons EJ Manuel & Tyrod Taylor continued their good Play thisPre-Season.. Steelers Secondary looks like the Eagles Secondary of last Season.. Giving 8-10-12 Yard Cushions, missed Tackles and the getting beat deep..they are in Trouble on that side of the ball..