The Philadelphia Eagles have some major attention in training camp and Chip Kelly could have Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez compete to start this season, while the third string job between Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow could lead to one of the quarterbacks leaving in a trade or release if they don't play well enough for Kelly.
The Eagles have made a number of significant moves this offseason and Kelly has been behind the roster changes, as he was given power over personnel this winter. The Eagles made a trade just before the start of training camp, moving Brandon Boykin to the Steelers and that came after other moves with Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy this year. Bradford is coming in to take over for Foles after the trade and Kelly is expected to name him the starting quarterback.
According to NFL.com, Bradford has been "fully cleared" for work in 11-on-11 drills in training camp and that is the first time that has happened for Bradford with the team. Sanchez handled the main first team reps in offseason workouts as Bradford came back from a second ACL injury and now the QB is ready to step in. Kelly told reporters that the team studied ACL injuries extensively over recent years and the team feels comfortable that Bradford will be able to stay healthy heading into the start of the 2015 season.
Kelly re-signed Sanchez in the offseason and also brought in Tim Tebow to compete with Matt Barkley for the third string job. Kelly was comfortable putting Sanchez in as the starter when Foles went down last season and his lack of confidence in Barkley could be evident by the fact that the QB threw only one pass last season. Brandon Graham told CBS Philly that Tebow has looked good in workouts and that he is expecting the QB to "make the team" and "play a lot" this season.
Eliot Shor-Parks at NJ.com made a prediction that Tebow will make the roster over Barkley, as he adds more value at the third string position. Tebow has shown off a new throwing motion and NJ.com writes that Kelly could use the quarterback on two point conversions, short yardage situation and as a decoy on certain plays. Bradford is trying to stay healthy for the first time since 2012 and he comes in after last playing in the NFL back in 2013 when he had 14 TDs and four interceptions for the Rams in seven games.
The Eagles have Bradford after acquiring him from the Rams and while Kelly has said that he will not be a trade chip for the team, Florio writes that his future remains up in the air. Florio writes that Bradford is "vulnerable to be traded again" until he signs a contract extension and with the way Kelly is doing things, no moves can be ruled out. Right now Bradford is slotting in as the starter ahead of Sanchez, but things can change depending on how the season progresses.
The team traded away LeSean McCoy and then signed DeMarco Murray and now the attention is on Bradford and whether he can stay healthy. Ryan Mathews is also in the mix and the Eagles could be a strong rushing team this season.