One NFL executive believes Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford can potentially flourish under head coach Chip Kelly, but still doesn’t understand the hype surrounding the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft. "I understand they gave up on [Nick] Foles. But I don't know why they're building up Bradford so much. I'm still confused about that whole deal. You can only talk about him being the first pick of the draft for so long. What has he done since then?” the anonymous executive said, as Mark Eckel of NJ.com reported.
"If Bradford had gone anywhere else you wouldn't even be talking about him. He's been hurt the past two years and even when he was healthy, he was just average. But he's with Chip Kelly, so there's hope I guess. Chip Kelly is the one guy who can make Bradford a success.''
The Eagles acquired Bradford in March from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for quarterback Nick Foles, who had been Philadelphia’s starting QB since 2013. Philadelphia also gave up a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft and a second-rounder in the 2016 draft.
The 27-year-old Bradford, who has twice torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during his NFL career, played in just seven regular season games in the 2014 season and has missed a total of 31 games over the past four seasons with the Rams. He registered 1,687 passing yards on 159 of 262 completions (60.7 percent), with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.