While many are pondering whether or not quarterback Sam Bradford will succeed with the Philadelphia Eagles, one of the team’s writers, Fran Duffy, believes that Bradford will thrive in midnight green. I actually agree and believe that if Bradford can stay healthy, he’ll have the best season of his career statistically and might earn himself a long-term extension to stay in the City of Brotherly Love. There’s also talk about second-year outside linebacker Marcus Smith gaining 15 pounds in the offseason and now being one of the strongest players on the team’s defense. All that and more in this morning’s serving of Bacon, Eggs and Eagles!
Eagle Eye: Why Sam Bradford Will Thrive – Fran Duffy of PhiladelphiaEagles.com
"Anytime there is a change of the guard at the quarterback position, it’s going to be met with a ton of attention. A wide-ranging spectrum of emotions will flow from the team, fans and media, whether it be excitement, anxiety or even scrutiny. “Franchise quarterbacks” do not grow on trees. They are rarely available to be had in the prime of their careers.In the case of Sam Bradford, whose career with the St. Louis Rams was largely affected by injuries and the fact that he played under four different offensive coordinators in five seasons (Pat Shurmur, Josh McDaniels, Brian Schottenheimer and newly hired Frank Cignetti), the Eagles are getting a quarterback with what Chip Kelly called a “tremendous skill set” and the pedigree to be a team’s signal caller moving forward."
Connor Barwin: Expect a new-look Marcus Smith in 2015 – By CSNPhilly.com Staff
"With Trent Cole gone to Indianapolis, there is a hole to fill in the Eagles’ outside linebacker rotation — and Connor Barwin knows it.In an appearance on The Comcast Network’s Breakfast on Broad Friday morning, Barwin stated that Cole’s replacement could already be on the roster.“At outside linebacker, we lost Trent and we haven’t really gained anyone yet, so someone in our room needs to step up,” Barwin said. “Whether it’s Marcus Smith, Travis Long, Jordan DeWalt[-Ondijo], someone needs to step up and be the third guy in that rotation.”"
Learning Eagles’ defense, Mihalik feels he’ll be a good fit – Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com
"Finding two-gap defensive ends is a tall order. So the Eagles went out and got the tallest guy they could find.The Eagles picked Brian Mihalik, all 6-foot-9 of him, in the seventh round of the draft with the 237th pick overall.And why not? Yeah, he’s a project and a long-shot, but at 6-9, 300 pounds with a 4.88 40 time and a 34-inch vertical jump, Mihalik is an intriguing prospect for the Eagles."
The hilarious naked Eagles locker room altercation you probably never heard about – Enrico Campitelli of CSNPhilly.com
"Most Philadelphia sports fans are familiar with the locker room tale of a near-naked Terrell Owens and team “Bad-assa-dor” Hugh Douglas fist fighting during the Andy Reid era of the Eagles — “let me go get my shoes,” T.O. allegedly said — but yesterday we learned about an even wackier tale of naked locker room shenanigans.It comes to us courtesy of Dom Cosentino of NJ.com who transcribed a portion of ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” show in which former Eagle Mike Golic tells a story about Jerome Brown almost laying a whooping on teammate Ron Heller and a whole bunch of butt naked offensive lineman."
A look ahead to the 2016 quarterback class: Cardale Jones edition – Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com
"The Eagles will more than likely head into the season with Sam Bradford as their starting quarterback. As we all know by now, Bradford is coming off two consecutive ACL tears, which makes him nearly impossible to project going forward. He is also in the final year of his contract, so this is very much a “Let’s see what you got” year for Bradford with the Eagles.If Bradford proves to be the player many thought he would be when he was the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, the Eagles will more than likely try to sign him to a long-term contract extension. If his career continues to follow the path it has followed over his first five years in the NFL, the Eagles will be shopping for a new QB in 2016."
If there are any other big fans of the Madden franchise out there like I am, you’ll appreciate this custom Madden 16 cover featuring Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews:
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