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Eagles News: Sam Bradford isn't at increased risk for injury

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The Eagles' wide receivers and 'height-weight-speed' - PhillyVoice
The one area where the Eagles are perhaps willing to make concessions on height is at the wide receiver position. In the time that Chip Kelly has been with the Eagles, the Birds have drafted or acquired the following receivers who have caught at least one pass. To note, we'll include 20th overall pick Nelson Agholor, as well as running back Darren Sproles, since 41 percent of his offensive touches were in the passing game last year.

Bradford’s ACL: What Are the Odds? - Birds 24/7
"No," he replied. "In my opinion, I don't think that he's at an increased risk for a third injury any more so than his other knee or the knees of any other NFL quarterback." The odds of re-injuring the same knee are relatively low. According to Carey, studies have shown that the probability of re-tearing a reconstructed ACL is about three to six percent. (Those studies were on the general population, not just football players. But they line up with other findings that suggest the chance of a recurrent injury to the same knee amongst NFL players within two years is about five to six percent.) Meanwhile, the probability of tearing the other knee -- or the "native ACL" -- is higher, around nine to 12 percent.

OTAs To Get Underway - Iggles Bitz
OTAs begin today for the Eagles. This isn’t football, it is football practice. And it is just a limited, non-contact version of even that. But OTAs still have value. This is a time for the players to learn. They are setting the foundation now. They will build on it in future OTAs and then in minicamp. Training Camp is when things really get going. Players can actually hit. Preseason games will be the next step. And then we’ll get to see the finished product in September.

Better weapon: Great line (Cowboys) or talented backs (Eagles)? - Inquirer
If Dallas does not get Peterson, it will be fascinating to see what impact Murray's departure has on the Cowboys' running game. It will be equally interesting to see what impact Murray has on the Eagles, who led the league in rushing and average yards per carry in 2013 but slipped significantly in both those categories in 2014. A lot of people blamed the instability of an aging offensive line, but Eagles coach Chip Kelly opted to do nothing about that area of his offense during free agency and the draft.

The Big Question: Top OTA Storylines -
Jobs are not going to be won, but the foundation will be set for Training Camp. With that in mind, trying to sort out the secondary is the most important thing I will be keeping an eye on. First off, there’s a new defensive backs coach in Cory Undlin, who has already received praise from some of his new pupils. Then, there are the all the new faces in that group. Three of the four starters are being replaced. The Eagles used three of their six draft picks on players in the secondary. Who is going to play corner? Who is going to compete at safety? That’s what I’m watching.

Eagles OTA storylines: QBs, O-line shuffle, new faces - CSN Philly
Plenty of eyes this spring and summer will examine new starter Allen Barbre, who presumably succeeds Todd Herremans at right guard. The Eagles have long liked Barbre’s fit in their scheme, especially at guard. Barbre moved briefly to right tackle last year when Lane Johnson opened the season with a four-game PED suspension, but Barbre then tore ligaments in his ankle in the season opener and missed the rest of the year. He’s healthy, ready to go and primed for the starting job.

The NFL's 2015 contract year superstars - SB Nation
The biggest obstacles for Bradford (other than staying on the field) will be his decision making and accuracy. Kelly's offense requires quarterbacks to make quick reads and respond accordingly. Bradford, entering his sixth season in the league, hasn't always displayed the best reaction time as plays developed. Similarly, he'll need to connect on more of his passes, especially downfield. Bradford's career completion percentage stands at 58.6. While Kelly's offense won't task him with as many difficult throws as Brian Schottenheimer's did in recent years, Bradford must improve on 35.4, his career completion percentage on pass attempts targeted 20 or more yards down the field.

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