Much has been made of new Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford since he has been traded to the City of Brotherly Love. While many are skeptical of Bradford’s health and whether or not he’ll be able to stay on the field, one of his teammates has concerns about something else.
Earlier today, Eagles starting right tackle Lane Johnson questioned Bradford’s former team, the St. Louis Rams. According to Tim McManus of Birds 24/7, Johnson had some strong words regarding the situation Bradford was put in earlier in his career:
While those are certainly some strong comments, you can’t exactly blame Johnson for being wrong here. Bradford wasn’t surrounded by much help during his days in St. Louis. It wasn’t just his offensive line that was an awful unit, Bradford didn’t have much talent to throw the ball to either. Then there’s the fact that he went through two different head coaches and multiple offensive coordinators. That type of change and chaos isn’t an ideal situation for a young quarterback.
But in Philadelphia, Bradford steps into an ideal situation where he’s surrounded by plenty of talent in a “quarterback friendly” system led by head coach Chip Kelly. The biggest question surrounding Bradford this year is his health, not everyone else around him. If Bradford can stay healthy, which is certainly a big if, the sky is the limit for the Eagles.
They have three Pro Bowl caliber offensive linemen blocking for him, two former 1,000-yard rushers in the backfield and a plethora of young receiving weapons to get the ball to. Now it’s all up to Bradford to stay on the field and get the job done. So far Bradford has impressed his teammates and coaches throughout five training camp practices.
According to Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly, Bradford opened up Johnson’s eyes due to his impressive accuracy which he showcased during practice earlier today:
Although Bradford is looking great now, the real test will come when the pass rush is live and he can actually be hit. Hopefully Johnson and the rest of the offensive line can back up their talk and play at a high level. It would look pretty bad if Johnson bashes the Rams’ offensive line and then lets Bradford get killed on the field. Hopefully that won’t be the case for Bradford or the team’s sake in 2015.
For now, it might be best for Johnson to stay focused on the Eagles and their roster instead of commenting on other teams. But it’s certainly interesting to hear another player echo the sentiments of what others have said regarding Bradford’s time in St. Louis.
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