Eagles Draft Profile: South Alabama QB Brandon Bridge
Sep 13, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South Alabama Jaguars quarterback Brandon Bridge (7) prepares to pass the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports
Although Brandon Bridge’s story and measurables are intriguing, what’s really sold people on him is his ability on the field. Sure, Bridge has some aspects of his game that he needs to work on like his funky throwing mechanics, footwork and his touch on the ball. But those can all be worked on and improved with time and diligent training.
What can’t be taught is Bridge’s running ability, arm strength and ability to improvise when things take a turn for the worst in the pocket. Since he’s from a smaller school, there isn’t a whole lot of game tape available of Bridge but thanks to Draft Breakdown and various YouTube videos, there’s enough out there to break down Bridge’s game on the field.
Let’s start by taking a look at Bridge against the toughest competition he faced during the 2014 season, his game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
1) Bridge starts the drive by converting a third down using his legs. That’s not just any player he shrugs off either, that’s linebacker Bernardrick McKinney, a likely first round pick in the upcoming draft. Very impressive play.
2) He follows up that play with an absolutely perfectly thrown deep ball which should be a sure touchdown but the receiver couldn’t complete the catch. Although it didn’t count, still a great throw by Bridge and shows off his impressive arm strength and touch on the deep ball.
3) Here’s Bridge showing off his speed again on an option play. Almost gets the first down and lowers his shoulder at the end of the play. Which is a dangerous move for a quarterback but you’ve got to love his competitiveness.
4) Bridge faces a practically unblocked pass rusher and although he’s falling back, he still manages to complete the pass for the first down because of the velocity he throws the ball with.
5) Bridge does a great job of stepping up in the pocket and finding the slot receiver streaking down the field. He hits him in stride allowing him to get yards after the catch, very strong throw.
6) Although it isn’t a big time play, just an example of how Bridge ran similar plays at South Alabama to what the Eagles use in Philadelphia. Solid execution by Bridge on this play.
7) Here’s Bridge on a play action where he’s on the move outside of the pocket and keeps his eyes down-field to complete the pass for a first down.
8) Here’s another example of Bridge not getting much help from his receivers. He delivers a solid throw down the sideline for what should be a first down but the receiver drops it.
Next: Film Study (continued)