If Sam Bradford stays healthy, he’ll take the Eagles a long way.

By Peter Gleason

So, some in the lame-ass local media are still judging quick-thinking, cutting edge Chip Kelly by the standards of slow-talking, slow-walking, slow-thinking Andy Reid.

Such as Ray Didinger and Glen Macnow.

But as Kelly continues to build the Eagles in his vision, the team looks better and better. Having everyone buy in is not a revolutionary concept, but what Kelly is doing in is revolutionary in terms of size, speed, height and weight requirements, as well as the way he directs all of it schematically.

Consider the following stat, courtesy of CSN Philly: Since 1970, the Eagles have scored 27 or more points in their first two preseason games twice — 2014 and 2015. The Ravens did not score on Saturday until the 14:18 mark of the fourth quarter, and that is after three days of joint practice sessions together. His team has looked absolutely dominant thus far, picking off Joe Flacco twice, and we’ve only seen Sam Bradford for about six minutes of actual game time.

The preseason often sends us false flags and there’s a chance Kelly’s team is just that. The injury potential is high, as is the chance that Kelly’s team is simply better conditioned than other clubs at this point in the season. There’s always the chance that Bradford is simply not as good as we think he is.

But there has to be something to the fact that — regardless of who is playing quarterback — Kelly is finding ways to exploit mismatches on offense. On defense, especially up front, the Eagles look like a bully.

Speaking of Bradford, his snap to throw times on his only drive were between 1.70 and 2.76 seconds, which is pretty strong considering some of those plays involved run fakes.

Bradford is hyper-decisive, which should be rewarded in Kelly’s offense. His main issue right now? Rust. This was the first time Bradford was seeing wide-open receivers in game situations in a long time. As long as he harnesses his fastball, he’ll be just fine.

Perhaps the best part of the night was having him get hit hard — twice — by very good starting defensive players. Terrell Suggs came in very low, and was flagged, for a below-the-knee hit that Bradford bounced back from.

Left tackle Jason Peters believed Suggs planned the hit on Bradford, according to NFL Media’s Albert Breer. Bradford that he believes Suggs went at his knees intentionally. On the same drive, defensive tackle Brandon Williams had a clear shot and pummeled Bradford right in the chest. Getting used to this kind of contact again will be important for Bradford’s development, especially in an offense with a zone-read element. We’ll see how he feels today.

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