Sam Bradford, QB, Eagles
|QB - #21||139.18||PHI||Probable||5 years||27||6'4||224|
2015 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)Last updated on Jul-14-2015 by Shawn Childs
Bradford was a solid game manager in 2013 when he threw 14 TDs and only four INTs in seven games. However, his season ended in Week 7 when he tore his left ACL. He then tore the same ligament last August, forcing him to miss the entire 2014 season. Sam hasn't thrown for 4,000 yards or more than 21 touchdowns in any year since entering the league in 2010. He is 18-30-1 as a starting QB with only 59 TDs in 49 starts. Bradford has a live arm and a great opportunity in Philly to post strong numbers. The Eagles have had a top-10 passing offense in each of the two seasons with Kelly as their head coach. If healthy, I expect Bradford to win the starting job and approach 30 touchdowns. However, it's still hard to say if he will be ready by Week 1. He is a player to track with continued injury risk. The Eagles have talent at the receiving positions, so their starter will no doubt be a top-12 Fantasy QB and surpass 4,000 yards. I view Bradford as an upside backup QB in the Fantasy market with future starting value.
The Eagles had done their research prior to trading for Sam Bradford this offseason. They have found that there is only a 10-to-12 percent chance of re-injury for players that tear their ACL. Head coach Chip Kelly went into great detail about why they traded for Bradford. "We looked at everything, and we knew we weren't going to pick No. 1 or No. 2. So, and I've said it before, if you're not going to pick one or two, how do you go get a quarterback?" said Kelly. "Peyton Manning switched teams because of an injury. Drew Brees switched teams because of an injury. So we went down that path … So that's an 88-to-90 percent chance that they're going to be successful. That's happened, but I've also seen quarterbacks like Drew Brees come back with 25 staples in his shoulder and everybody said he would never play again. Ask the Miami Dolphins what the history of their franchise would be like if their doctors didn't fail him on the medical. You don't know. Maybe Nick Saban is still coaching in the NFL. You don't know. But that's a risk we were willing to take. You know it's a risk, but it was a risk we were willing to take … I've said it before – everybody gets hurt in this game. I don't know any quarterback who hasn't missed time, right now. Tom Brady missed a year, Peyton Manning missed a year, Drew Brees has missed time, Nick Foles missed half a season, I mean, Aaron Rogers has been hurt. I don't know if there's any quarterback in this league that hasn't been hurt. And if you haven't, you're probably young. That's the deal. You're going to get hurt in this game, and it's part of coming back from it. I think everybody in the NFL is 100 percent injury prone. Jeremy Maclin, two ACLs. Jason Kelce had an ACL and sports hernia surgery. Our left tackle [Jason Peters] had two Achilles. Our middle linebacker [DeMeco Ryans, two Achilles]… you can go on and on and on. I don't know if there's anybody in this league who isn't injured. That's just part of the deal."
There are a few flaws in Kelly's master plan. Bradford has had not one but two ACL tears and has also dealt with shoulder issues since his college days. Also, Bradford is not Brees and he's certainly not Manning. It's clear that the Eagles traded for Bradford with the intent of trading him in a deal that would land them Marcus Mariota and now he's trying to save face. Anyway, Bradford is currently being drafted as the QB19. He definitely has upside that late, nevertheless, he also comes with great risk. He's a tough guy to have faith in.
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