Sam Bradford hasn't even played a snap for the Philadelphia Eagles yet (that could change tonight), but the hype machine might already be out of control. Check out what NFL media insider Rand Getlin recently had to say about the quarterback:
The #Eagles have a tremendous amount of confidence in QB Sam Bradford. Sense among the staff that he could be a game-changer for them.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) August 22, 2015
This report comes shortly after a recent story about how the Eagles feel like Bradford's accuracy compares to Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner.
As I've noted plenty of times this summer, Bradford has looked pretty good in training camp. He's shown promise. It's totally believable that the Eagles feel really high on him. Think about it: the Eagles gave up a 2016 second round pick (along with Nick Foles and some mid-round draft swaps) in exchange for a player coming off not one but two serious injuries.
However, it remains to be seen if the Eagles' confidence is well-placed. There are still obvious question marks about Bradford's ability to stay healthy and perform under pressure. The former No. 1 overall pick has a lot to prove before he can be deserving of being called a "game-changer."
But once again, there are reasons for optimism. Bradford is easily the most talented Eagles quarterback Chip Kelly has had the chance to work with. If Kelly can get career numbers out of Michael Vick, Nick Foles, and Mark Sanchez, one would think he can have even more success with Bradford's talent.
Now both sides just have to prove it.