By Jack Ryan
Lots of Eagles fans have their panties in a twist over quarterback Sam Bradford’s sub-par performance this season.
Is he worth his $13 million salary?
Why did we trade him for Nick Foles?
Will coach Chip Kelly take his marbles and go back to college because Bradford is his last, best hope to get the Birds to the Super Bowl?
Well, you’ll be happy to know that Sam leads the NFL in at least one category:
Percentage of dropped passes in Week 7!
If it seemed as if there was an inordinate number of passes dropped Sunday, it’s because there were. In Week 7, 4.7 percent of passes were dropped — the highest rate in any week this season.
The drop percentage for the entire season, though, is 3.6 percent – less than in the previous three full seasons.
There have been six games this season in which a starting quarterback has had at least 10 percent of his passes dropped (minimum 25 passes). Of those six, four came in Week 7.
The season leader in dropped passes on a percentage basis is Benny Cunningham (15 percent), followed by Dwayne Harris (14.3 percent).
Brandon LaFell of the New England Patriots dropped three of Tom Brady’s passes on Sunday, the most by a player in a game this season.