Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur had nothing but great things to say about Sam Bradford’s progress.
“All I know is that since he’s been here he’s made great strides in terms of getting his knee strong enough to come out here and compete. He’s had a surgery like a lot of guys in the offseason. He’s working his way through it. Hasn’t had any setbacks and he’s able to improve in our offense. We feel very confident that he will be ready to go when it’s time to play for real.”
Bradford hasn’t done any work during the full team drills, but he’s done some 7-on-7 and the guy has quite an arm. It’s easy to see why the Eagles receivers are excited about him.
Mark Sanchez has been taking most of the reps with the first team and he’s looking good with a stronger arm than a year ago, since it’s been over a year since he had shoulder surgery. An improved Matt Barkley and an improving Tim Tebow are battling it out for the third quarterback spot. Tebow shines when he’s got the ball in his hands and he’s on the run. He throws the ball better when he’s on the move rather than stationary in the pocket.
Running back coach Duce Staley can’t wait for the season to get started so he can turn DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles loose.
“We want to get back to running the ball,” Staley said. “We want to get back to just taking over the line of scrimmage. You do that of course with the offensive line. And you do that with good running backs.”
The offensive line has been working without left guard Evan Mathis, who has showed up to the OTA’s. They’ve got veteran Allen Barbre and young Matt Tobin switching back and forth from right guard to left guard on each play.
The other three starters on the offensive line, Jason Peters, Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson are healthy and working hard. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland is waiting to see which of the backups is going to step up.
The wide receiver position looks promising with Jordan Matthews showing the signs of having an even better season than his rookie year. He made an outstanding one-handed catch of a Sanchez pass near the sideline with Byron Maxwell hanging all over him.
Speaking of rookies, number one draft pick Nelson Agholor seems to be everything the Birds wanted and more. He’s got great speed and quickness, plus he runs precise routes and catches everything that comes his way. Josh Huff has been slowed down with a minor injury, while veteran Riley Cooper will try to regain his 2013 knack for making big plays.
Brent Celek continues to man the tight end position with Zach Ertz looking as impressive as ever with big catches during the workouts.