By Peter Gleason
What’s up with the Chase Daniel fascination?
And why are people assuming that a guy with a total of 68 career passing attempts and one touchdown in his 11 NFL games should become the Eagles’ starting quarterback over Sam Bradford?
Eric Davis of the NFL Network went one step further.
“It’s Chase Daniel’s job,” Davis said this afternoon on the NFL Network. “You don’t tell your starting quarterback there’s a competition if he’s your starting quarterback. The only reason you say there’s a competition is that means you want the backup to be the starter.”
Bradford finished his first season with the Eagles passing for 3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2015 and signed a team-friendly two-year contract last week.
Meanwhile, Daniel has a total of 68 career passing attempts and one touchdown in his 11 NFL games. He signed a three-year deal with the Eagles Wednesday with $12 million in guarantees.
Daniel’s familiarity with head coach Doug Pederson’s offense from their time together with the Kansas City Chiefs certainly made him an attractive option in free agency, especially as an insurance policy against Bradford’s extensive injury history.
“You’re basically telling Sam Bradford and the league that this guy is up to be traded,” Davis said. “The only reason you say there’s a competition is if you want the No. 1 guy to be gone.”