SUDDENLY BULLISH BRADFORD: EAGLES’ O HAS A LOT OF WORK TO DO!

Sam congratulates Darren Sproles after first Eagles TD Saturday night.

By Sarah Berkowitz

Eagle quarterback Sam Bradford’s preseason is over.

But the formerly taciturn signal-caller has turned bullish of the Birds’ offense, which while he was steering it Saturday night against the Packers was close to perfect.

“We got two weeks till we play Atlanta,” Bradford said. “We have a lot of work to do.”

Bradford almost certainly won’t see the field until Atlanta, where the team opens their season on Sept. 14 against the Falcons.

“It was good to see the work we are putting in pay off. We were firing on all cylinders,” Bradford said. “Hopefully it’s something we can continue to do.”

Bradford got the Eagles’ offense going right from the start, hitting DeMarco Murray for five yards on his first attempt, then hitting Darren Sproles on a perfectly thrown wheel route from eight-yards out for the touchdown.

“We got a lot of reps with that this week,” Bradford said of the perfect timing on the pass.

From there Bradford was unstoppable, hitting each of his passes on the money.

On the next drive, he hit Jordan Matthews for 27-yards as the receiver streaked towards the left sideline. On 4th-and-goal from the three-yard line, Bradford stood in the pocket, taking a big hit as he delivered a perfect pass to backup tight end Trey Burton.

“It was nice to take a few hits,” Bradford said. “Playing this position, you’re going to have to do that…You have to hang in there and make the throws.

“It was nice to come off the field, get back on and keep firing,” Bradford said. “To be out there for three series and three touchdowns…coming off the field, talking to the receivers and talking to Chip about where we are going…that was big.”

When asked if he can play like he did on Saturday every game, Bradford let out a smile.

“It would be a little bit unrealistic,” the quarterback said.

 

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