Chase Daniel vs Sam Bradford?!?
On the opening day of NFL Free Agency Wednesday Afternoon the Eagles signed Chase Daniel to a 3 year, 21 million dollar deal.Daniel was the Kansas City Chiefs Backup Quarterback for all three seasons new Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson was coaching in Kansas City.
In a new twist to the narrative of the Eagles offseason, NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that the Eagles will give Daniel "every chance" to compete with Sam Bradford for the starting job in training camp. This despite Bradford's 2 year, 35 million deal he signed last week.
Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson told reports at the NFL Combine in February:
"I think Chase, given an opportunity, yes, I think he can be (a starting quarterback), People that have worked with him for the last three years know that he has an opportunity there and hopefully he gets his chance."
While Daniel does have a built in advantage in that he has three years experience in Pederson's offense during their three years together in Kansas City, but Bradford has shown the ability to adapt in that during his six seasons in the NFL he has been forced to learn multiple playbooks from the revolving door of offensive coordinators during his time with the St. Louis Rams.
Statistically Sam Bradford has extensively more experience as a starting Quarterback in the NFL compared to Chase Daniel: Bradford has started 63 games in comparison to Daniel only starting in 2 games.
Some may argue Daniel had a better college career than Bradford since Daniel played in 51 games during his career at Missouri in which he threw 101 Touchdowns and passed for 12,515 yards. In comparison Bradford only played in 31 games at Oklahoma in which he threw 88 touchdowns and passed for 8,403 yards. But when you dig deep into the analytics we find that Bradford was better despite playing less games:
*Bradford averaged 2.84 touchdown passes and 271 passing yards per game in college
*Daniel averaged 1.98 touchdown passes and 245 passing yards per game in college