Aug 23, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The Eagles have a ton of moves this offseason, making for a huge shake up in their depth chart. The Eagles had a very productive offense last season and a very lack luster defense, but that didn’t stop Chip Kelly from making whole sale changes on both sides of the ball.
In this piece we will be taking a look at the Eagles offense side of the ball and their brand new depth chart, before the draft, comparing this years depth chart to the depth chart the Eagles had at the end of last season and grading the improvement.
So without further adieu, here is the Eagles offensive depth chart breakdown!
2014 Eagles Quarterback Depth Chart: Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley
2015 Eagles Quarterback Depth Chart: Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley
The Eagles kicked off free agency with a bang, completing a very big trade, which saw the Eagles shipping Nick Foles and draft picks for Sam Bradford and draft picks. It was weird to see two starting quarterbacks being traded for one another, but Chip Kelly has proven that he doesn’t care for the common convention.
Bradford was the former first overall pick and offensive rookie of the year. Bradford had posted relatively pedestrian numbers however, until the 2013 season, when he was on pace for very good numbers, the type of numbers the Rams expected out of him when they drafted him 1st overall. But that all came to an end when he tore his ACL mid-season, ending his great year.
The following year Bradford tore his ACL again, causing him to miss all of last season. Bradford hasn’t played a snap of football in about a year and a half, making this a bit of a risky move.
What we do know is that Bradford doesn’t turn the ball over as much as Nick Foles and he is a quicker decision maker. Foles had a tendency to hold on to the ball and drift backwards in the pocket, whereas Bradford gets the ball in and out of his hands very quickly, which should be a better fit for Chip Kelly’s offense.
Sanchez was a serviceable backup last year and showed he could handle the load for a few games here and there when needed, but he can not be counted on as a teams starting quarterback for more than a handful of games at a time.
Grade: C+ ~ If Bradford stays healthy, this grade could jump a whole letter grade higher, but with the concerns over his health, I can’t give the Eagles more than a C+ at quarterback.
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