Before arriving in Philly with the Eagles, James Bradberry wasted some good seasons on bad football teams that were never in the spotlight.
Bradberry is a former Samford star that began his career with a four-season run with Carolina. The Panthers posted a sub-.500, 29-35 record during that time. They only made one playoff appearance thanks to an 11-5 record in 2017 but lost in the NFC Wild Card round to the New Orleans Saints.
James was a rising star, but many were unfamiliar with him and his talent because he played on a team that doesn't play in a major media market for a team that didn't have consistent success. He notched 279 tackles, three sacks, eight interceptions, and 47 pass deflections in 60 games with Carolina before becoming one of the game's top free-agent prospects when his number came up.
Bradberry signed with the Joe Judge-led New York Giants on March 26th of 2020 and spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons again on an underperforming team. During his time in the Big Apple, he notched 101 tackles, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, seven interceptions, and 35 pass breakups in 32 games.
Some might say the former second-round selection is underrated. Others might say his most recent season shouldn't surprise anyone. It has been common knowledge that he is one of the best defensive backs in the NFL for a while. Now, with a better team surrounding him, the sky is the limit. The Eagles have given him that. Expect great things in 2023.