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Eagles News: Sam Bradford gets rid of the ball faster than Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/13/2015.

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Eagles notes: Why a Sam Bradford injury would not devastate the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Bradford is in the final year of his contract. If indeed he makes it through the season unscathed and plays reasonably well, what do you do with him? Do you sign an injury-prone QB coming off a reasonably good season in an offense that skews QB stats to a monster contract extension? There's still a huge risk in that, even if his 2015 season goes well. In other words, Bradford having a good-but-misleading season could help mire the Eagles in mediocrity going forward. I don't see the Eagles as legitimate Super Bowl contenders in 2015, and I don't see Bradford as the long-term answer at quarterback. Therefore, I don't think his loss would really be all that devastating.

Sam Bradford's quick release a major reason Eagles, Chip Kelly prefered him over Nick Foles -
In 2013, the last time Bradford played in the NFL, he got rid of the ball a blistering 2.67 seconds after the snap on average. By comparison, Foles got rid of the ball in an average of 3.11 seconds in 2013, nearly a full half-second slower despite the fact he was playing in an offense that was predicated on quick reads and quick decisions.

Monday Night Misc Items - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles lost Jeremy Maclin in the offseason. They drafted Nelson Agholor. They signed Miles Austin. They added a pair of UDFAs who could push for roster spots, John Harris and Devante Davis. They signed free agent Seyi Ajirotutu. They return second year players Josh Huff and Quron Pratt. Is this enough to get Riley Cooper out of town? I don’t think anything happens until the players get on the field this summer. 2014 Riley Cooper isn’t a guy you feel compelled to keep. But what if the guy from 2013 shows back up? You want that guy. The pressure is going to be on Cooper. He can be cut after June 1st.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Bradford/Sanchez Hypothetical - Birds 24/7
Long-term though, they might have been better off pulling the trigger. Given Bradford's injury history, there's a lot of risk. And at some point, the Eagles will have to decide whether or not to sink even more money into him. Building up the secondary and filling existing holes might have been the better option. Sure, Sanchez would have been unlikely to lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl this season, but they'd have fewer needs and more flexibility going forward in the event that they saw another QB they liked.

DelVal's Rasheed Bailey aims to make Eagles as undrafted WR - CSN Philly
Bailey took a different route to the NFL, a route that went from Roxborough to Doylestown and now to the NovaCare Complex, where he’s trying to make the Eagles as a long-shot undrafted wide receiver. Bailey was a record-setting receiver at Delaware Valley, an agricultural college in a rural portion of Bucks County about an hour north of Philly. By day, he played in front of small crowds ranging from 1,200 to 4,000 at James Work Stadium in Doylestown, and by night he’d watch big-time college football on TV and crowds of 90,000 to 100,000 and wonder what could have been.

Linemen Coccia, Bunche grew up as Eagles fans - Inquirer
Mike Coccia would understand if he hears an occasional boo from the crowd while playing for the Eagles. The undrafted rookie center is a Bethlehem native and son of an Eagles season-ticket holder whose memories with his father include sitting in the 700 level at Veterans Stadium and collecting stories unfit to print. Malcolm Bunche, an undrafted lineman from Newark, Del., would understand, too. His father, Curtis Bunche, was an Eagles draft pick in 1979. Bunche grew up rooting for the Eagles less than one hour down I-95. Among his favorite players was Tra Thomas, evidence of Bunche's position.

WR Tales: Stories Of Early Lessons -
Maybe the historic Class of 2014 wipes away the perception that rookie wide receivers don't thrive in the NFL. Jordan Matthews, who we saw every week, was proof of the new day at wide receiver in the league. He caught 67 passes for 872 yards and eight touchdowns in his highly successful rookie season, one of a handful of rookie wideouts who stepped right into the big time and made an instant impact. Can Nelson Agholor have the same early success? It's a question that Agholor was asked last week as the Rookie Minicamp began, and he brushed it off with professionalism and reality: "That's not the conversation right now," he said, instead focusing on the day-to-day goal of improvement."

What's next for Brady and the Patriots - SB Nation
What led to the four-game suspension and $1 million fine for Brady? How did New England end up losing a first- and fourth-round pick?

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