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Putting Sam Bradford's completion percentage into context - PhillyVoice
Only 17.3 percent of Bradford's completions traveled 10 or more yards past the line of scrimmage. That tied him with Eli Manning and Alex Smith (shocker) for the lowest percentage in the NFL. To note, drops do not factor in here, as we are talking about passes that were actually completed.

Failed Completions - Football Outsiders
[Ed. note: Sam Bradford ranks 29th out of 37. Nick Foles is dead last at 37 out of 37.] ... The Super Bowl is over, which means it is time to start cranking out stat studies from the previous season. One of the quickest categories we can analyze from the play-by-play data is failed completions. These are any complete passes that fail to gain 45 percent of needed yards on first down; 60 percent on second down; or 100 percent on third or fourth down. Not every failed completion is created equally, but for this article we make things binary, summing up successes and failures. For the purposes of DVOA, there are fractional points involved where a 10-yard completion on third-and-12 would generate some partial success.

Eagles don't need to force a pick in the first round - BGN
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No, Sam Bradford doesn't give Eagles the best chance of making the playoffs next season - NJ.com
In Bradford's six seasons in the NFL, he has started 63 games. He has won 23 of those games, roughly a third. He has eight game-winning drives in 63 starts. He has never made the playoffs. He has never finished a season with a winning record.  While there are plenty of excuses to be thrown around as to why Bradford has never made the playoffs, consider the fact that of the 32 quarterbacks that started Week 1 this past season, 23 of them have at some point in their career made the playoffs. Of the nine quarterbacks that have still not made the playoffs but started Week 1 last season, two were rookies (Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota) and two were entering their second season (Derek Carr and Blake Bortles). The remaining five? Ryan Tannehill, Ryan Mallett, Tyrod Taylor, Josh McCown and Bradford.

Musical Chairs – QB Edition - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles just might be able to get Bradford at a reasonable rate. The only way they are paying big bucks is if there is competition for him. Right now, it is hard to find a whole lot of teams that are likely to be wanting his services. All it takes is one aggressive suitor to drive up the price, but Bradford’s agent could be having a much quieter March than anyone would have guessed. And how about this for a possibility…Bradford does re-sign with the Eagles. Houston falls in love with one of the big 3 QBs. They trade from pick 22 up to pick 13 to go get their guy, giving the Eagles a 2nd rounder to move up. The Eagles would then have their QB and slew of draft picks to restock the O-line and add depth in other spots, hopefully including a young QB to develop.

No need for Eagles to sack quarterback Sam Bradford - Daily News
If they say goodbye, the Eagles will likely need both a short-term and long-term option, much like they did in 1999 when they drafted Donovan McNabb and brought in Doug Pederson to hold the fort until the kid was ready. Though, this time around, they'd probably need somebody to hold the fort a little longer than nine games. The short-term option could be Mark Sanchez, who already is on the roster. And doesn't that possibility just make you wish the 2016 season was starting tomorrow?

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Wide Receiver Combine Prep - Birds 24/7
The Eagles’ wideouts were a comatose bunch in 2015; Jordan Matthews aside, no Eagles receiver hauled in more than 400 yards. It was the first time since 1991 that the Eagles had just one wide receiver with 400 yards. But the corps is young, and believed to be talented. By jettisoning Riley Cooper and committing to the future, the Birds’ top three wide receivers heading into 2016 — Matthews, Josh Huff, and Nelson Agholor — have an average age of 23. Will the Eagles feel the need to add another young face via the draft? Will they look to free agency for depth? Josh believes the latter. If they choose the former, here are some names to watch during the Combine as we prepare for the Draft.

Podcast Recap: Roseman Talks Offseason - PE.com
One player who has clearly established himself as one of those players around whom to build moving forward is defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. The 25-year-old finished second on the team in tackles (104) in 2015 and led the Eagles in sacks (9.5), tackles for loss (16.5), quarterback hurries (32) and forced fumbles (3). He has one year remaining on the deal he signed as a rookie. "We want him here long term, there’s no question," he said. "He’s someone who’s incredibly important to this franchise, and someone who we have every intention of being here for a long time."

D.A. Seth Williams will not 'rush to judgment' in LeSean McCoy case - CSN Philly
It's been nearly two weeks since the alleged altercation between former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and off-duty police officers occurred at Recess Lounge in Philadelphia. No charges have been filed, the case is still under investigation, and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says he is not going to succumb to public pressure and unnecessarily proceed without having compiled and vetted all the facts. "I want all Philadelphians to know that they elected me to ensure that we only charge the right people and that we only charge them with the right crimes — nothing more and nothing less," Williams said Friday via NBC10. "The last thing anyone wants is a rush to judgment.

Mario Williams, Arian Foster among NFL veterans who could be on the chopping block - SB Nation
Philadelphia. Williams had his best professional season in 2014, when Jim Schwartz was the Bills defensive coordinator. A reunion in the City of Brotherly Love could give the Eagles defense some real pop.

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