Sam Bradford Returns for 7-on-7 Drills Today at OTAs
Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford underwent his second knee surgery in as many years but is expected to recover by the start of next season. Today, Bradford rotated first-team reps with Mark Sanchez before sitting out team drills.
However does he make the Eagles a better team?
Questions have arisen over the state of Bradford's surgically-repaired left knee, NFL editor John McMullen of SportsNetwork.com joined me on the Sports Bash and didn't seem to be concerend about Bradford coming back in time for the regualr season.
"He's gonna be cleared to play, i'm confident of that," McMullen said. "What i'm not confident in is can he be a elite level QB."
Today, Bradford took part in 7-on-7 drills which has been the plan for the past several weeks. The team believes Bradford will be ready by the beginning of training camp in late July. That would mean missing organized team activities and minicamp, which are up next on the Eagles' offseason calendar. OTAs continue June 4 and June 8-11 while the mini camp runs from June 16-18.
Bradford is entering the final year of his deal. He spent his five three seasons in St. Louis, but missed most of the 2013 season and all of the 2014 with two separate ACL injuries.
His expected absence sets up an opportunity for Mark Sanchez, who could get the bulk of the work during OTAs, Sanchez has said thinks he'll have a fair chance to beat out Bradford for the starting job.
The other quarterbacks on Philadelphia's roster are Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow. Barkley as spent his first two seasons on the bench with minimal play. Tebow sat out the past two years after being released by the Jets in 2012.
Reports today were that Tebow has been "struggling" in OTAs, meanwhile Barkley's name has been on the trade block all off season with no takers.
(Listen to John McMullen talk Sam Bradford with Mike Gill on the Sports Bash)