By Harry Allison

The cynics in the local media took Chip Kelly’s word with a grain of salt.

They always do.

When the Eagles’ Supreme Leader met with the gaggle of press last Thursday, he said new QB Sam Bradford would participate in 7-on7 drills this week.

And today he did.

Bradford worked with the fourth-team offense agains the fourth-team defense. Mark Sanchez, who has been taking first-team reps with Bradford injured, continued to do so, followed by Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow.

Bradford looked good in his first semi-live action, completing his first two passes.

His third pass, however, was nearly picked off by safety Malcolm Jenkins.

Bradford taking part in the drills is a positive sign for anyone who wants him out there in Week 1 vs. the Atlanta Falcons. Bradford said last week that he has noticed a real difference in how his knee has responded to treatment over the past month. He suffered his second ACL injury last September as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.