WITH BRADFORD SENT PACKING, HERE’S WHAT EAGLES’ O LOOKS LIKE

By David F. Cohen

With Sam Bradford sent packing, the Eagles will go to a lot of high percentage throws and trust their receivers to make plays after the catch. Expect to see running backs Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner heavily involved in the passing game.

Sproles is still capable of creating matchup problems for defenses and the Eagles have a nice package that features him lining up out wide as well as on the wing.

Losing Bradford will hurt opportunities for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and tight end Zach Ertz to break out. They had developed chemistry with Bradford and figured to see the bulk of the targets from him.

The Vikings get a quarterback that fits their scheme very well. Bradford is an accurate passer that will be able to get the ball to players such as Stefon Diggs on timing routes.

Bradford will thrive against defenses that stack the box to stop the Vikings’ primary threat, Adrian Peterson. Minnesota will be able to work play action off of the running game as well.

The deal is a win/win for both teams. The Eagles can now have a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, which will be held in Philly. Getting back into the first round was important for the Eagles, not only because they are the host city.

The trade that allowed them to move up to the No. 2 overall pick and select Wentz took a sizable amount of draft capital. The Birds will need to add pieces to build around Wentz.

They can do so immediately with the pick they acquired from the Vikings. Now Roseman won’t need to give up additional picks to move into the first round and make a pick.

Having to wait until the second round would have been tough to do, especially as the host city. The Vikings are likely to be contenders this season, which means the pick the Eagles acquired likely will be near the back end of the first round.

It should also be noted that former Baltimore Ravens personnel man Joe Douglas is now a part of the Eagles NFL personnel department. While with the Ravens, Douglas was well-schooled in the art of drafting in the back end of the first round.

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