Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Players Poised For Breakout Seasons
May 28, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford (7) talks with quarterback coach Ryan Day during OTA
Sure, Bradford was the #1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams but he has failed miserably at living up to the hype. But why exactly has Bradford struggled so much in the NFL? There’s a lot more to the story than Bradford’s mediocre statistics as a pro thus far. The first obstacle in Bradford’s path to success is his own health, he just can’t stay healthy. Yet that could very well change with Kelly’s training staff and sports science technology. If any team can get a player in the best shape of his career, it’s the Eagles.
I’ve joked in the past that the Eagles’ training staff is the NFL’s equivalent to the Phoenix Suns’ training staff in the NBA. The Suns were known for keeping older and injury prone players healthy and on the court, the Eagles are quickly becoming known for the same exact thing. Bradford couldn’t have asked for a more ideal situation, from a health standpoint.
The other problem Bradford has had during his NFL career is the lack of help around him. That won’t be a problem in Philadelphia with such lethal weapons around him starting with the league’s best stable of running backs with DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles behind him. Let’s not forget about the young, talented pass catchers the team has on the outside in Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff and Zach Ertz.
That’s a whole lot of talent and when you pair that with Kelly’s uptempo, quarterback friendly scheme, Bradford is set-up for major success in 2015. If he can stay healthy, there’s no reason why Bradford can’t have the best statistical season of his career. Since Bradford is on the final year of his contract, a breakout season in 2015 would be perfect for him and would likely warrant a major payday.
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