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Bradford: Third Down Is A Priority This Week


Despite the team's most recent loss, the Eagles' passing game came alive against Washington as Sam Bradford threw for 270 yards - including four pass plays of 30 or more yards - and three touchdowns, ending the game with the second-highest quarterback rating of his career.

Week in and week out, the quarterback has admitted that he's becoming more comfortable with the team's system, and in terms of his performance, that comfort level is beginning to pay off.

"I think in that second half we found a rhythm, I found a rhythm, where I was just really confident out there and with everything we were doing," Bradford said. "I feel once you get into a rhythm like that or you get your confidence then you start making some throws that you feel like they can't cover."

However, Bradford and the team know there are still numerous issues with this offense and its execution of plays. They're working consistently to be on the same page and get the team back on track, especially on third downs.

Currently, the team is putting itself in third-and-long situations time and time again. Heading into the matchup with New Orleans, fixing that specific problem is a huge priority. The Eagles need to be better on first and second downs.

"I don't think it's one issue. I think it's all over the place," Bradford said. "We've had some missed assignments and missed throws, drops. I think that you can look at third down in general, every one that we've failed to complete there's a different reason why we're not converting.

"It's hard to be efficient and complete a high percentage of third downs when you're in third-and-7, third-and-8, longer yardages. I think on first and second down, we've got to do a better job of just being efficient. We can't have negative plays, whether they be negative runs, sacks, even incompletions. Those just set us back, and right now the way we've been playing, we've got to do a better job of getting ourselves third-and-2, third-and-3."

To hear Bradford's press conference in its entirety, click here or press play on the embedded video above.

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