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#EaglesCamp Preview: Quarterback

Posted Jul 20, 2015

A Look At The Quarterbacks
Name Age Exp. Note
Matt Barkley 24 3 Under the radar in the spring, will he turn heads?
Sam Bradford 27 6 Will he be full-go for the start of Training Camp?
G.J. Kinne 26 1 Made the switch to wide receiver to help roster cause.
Mark Sanchez 28 7 Can he make a case to be the starting quarterback?
Tim Tebow 27 4 How much did he improve between OTAs and now?

In the days leading up to Training Camp, we will take a look at the biggest questions facing each position group. Today, we start with the quarterback position ...

1. The Development Of Sam Bradford

It's not just the biggest storyline of Eagles Training Camp. It's, as The MMQB's Peter King noted on Monday, one of the most significant in the entire National Football League.

The Eagles traded away a Pro Bowl quarterback in Nick Foles to acquire Sam Bradford, the former No. 1 overall pick. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Lurie noted how the Eagles considered Bradford the best young quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning back in 2010. Head coach Chip Kelly has lauded Bradford's size and skill set. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur worked with Bradford when he was the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Fran Duffy's brilliant All-22 breakdown of Bradford shows exactly why the Eagles were so excited to get the quarterback.

Bradford is in the perfect situation for a career revival. Kelly and Shurmur brought the best out of Foles and Mark Sanchez. The Eagles have a plethora of talented weapons for Bradford to distribute the ball to. Here's a stat for you. Danny Amendola had 689 yards receiving for the Rams in 2010. That's the highest total of ANY Rams player since Bradford was drafted. Three Eagles (Jeremy Maclin, Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz) surpassed that total last season alone.

As Kelly noted in the past, the Eagles were able to acquire Bradford because he's missed most of the past two seasons with back-to-back ACL injuries. He was limited during the spring training sessions with the goal of being full-go for the start of Training Camp. Will he be able to take part in full team drills come August 2?

2. Will Mark Sanchez Make This A True QB Competition?

Mark Sanchez has approached the starting quarterback job as an open competition ever since he re-signed with the Eagles this offseason.

Sanchez was 4-4 in eight starts for the Eagles last season and set the franchise record for completion percentage. However, Sanchez committed 14 total turnovers in 2014 which was one of the main tenets that the Eagles want to rectify in 2015.

In the spring sessions, Sanchez led the first-team offense and by all accounts looked more crisp and comfortable with a full season under his belt. Sanchez is also another year removed from the shoulder injury that cost him the 2013 campaign.

At 28 years old, could there still be room for Sanchez to grow and improve as a quarterback? Like Bradford, Sanchez is in the best situation of his NFL career. Sanchez was brilliant in last year's Training Camp and preseason. He was arguably the best quarterback in last year's camp. It wasn't good enough to win a job but this year, though, it could be a much different story.

Kelly said that the best man will start at quarterback. Sanchez will look to put those words to the test.

3. Who Will Be The No. 3 Quarterback?

Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow hope to have something to say about the quarterback battle.

Barkley is in his third season coming off a year in which he attempted just one pass to close out a Monday night blowout against Carolina. Barkley has made steady improvement since arriving in Philadelphia as a fourth-round pick in 2013. His Training Camp and preseason performances last year were lost in the shuffle of Foles and Sanchez. This offseason, Barkley has been overshadowed by the trade for Bradford and the signing of Tebow.

With two years in the system, Barkley had clear command of the No. 3 spot during the spring training sessions. He should rightfully so based off of his experience alone, but his play earned it as well.

Tebow, meanwhile, went through the growing pains of adjusting to a new system and not having played in two seasons. It will be fascinating to see how much improvement he shows between the end of the spring sessions and now. Sanchez had similar ups and downs last offseason before thriving in Training Camp. Will we see the same with Tebow?

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