Even though Sam Bradford‘s agent reportedly requested that his client be traded, the 28-year old quarterback made an appearance at the offseason conditioning program today (Monday).
The issues started when the Philadelphia Eagles drafted quarterback Carson Wentz with the second pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Bradford didn’t like the lack of confidence in his skill set, even though his performance in 2015 was far from perfect.
While the Eagles seem willing to let Wentz develop, he can still win a starting role by beating out Bradford and Chase Daniel during training camp.
For 2016 Fantasy Football purposes, I’m most interested in how this will play out for Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz. Matthews had a productive 2015 Fantasy Football season with 997 receiving yard and eight touchdown receptions, but he still fell short of expectations. The eight touchdowns are still impressive, though, considering Bradford only threw 19 for the entire season.
The new coaching staff wants to test the third-year receiver outside of the slot, and Matthews told Philly.com that he is looking forward to play in more spots than just the slot. He was often on the sidelines when the Eagles ran two-receiver formations.
Much like Matthews, Ertz took a step forward in receiving yards but still disappointed. Ertz’s blocking has been highly questioned over the last two seasons, limiting his role in the offense during Chip Kelly‘s tenure.
But if his final two games of the 2015 NFL season were any indication of what to expect in 2016 Fantasy Football leagues, Ertz could become a top-five tight end this year. From Weeks 16-17, the 25-year old tight end hauled in 22 receptions for 174 receiving yards.
Bradford obviously has chemistry with both players, but Wentz could still build a rapport with Matthews or Ertz.
Although Bradford returned today, this saga is far from over…