Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford once again players to watch at Eagles OTAs

For the second time in less than a week, the Eagles are going to be opening practice to the media.

The first time around was the debut of the entire team, with so many players to watch it was hard to really get a good look at any.

This time around, there should be plenty more to take in.

If head coach Chip Kelly was correct, quarterback Sam Bradford could be taking snaps in seven-on-seven drills, the first time will have done so since he torn his ACL last August.

What else will be worth watching on Monday? Here are some players to keep in mind as you follow along during the practice.

Sam Bradford As mentioned above, Bradford made his debut in an Eagles (practice) uniform to the media last Thursday, but there wasn’t much to take from it, as he spent the majority of the session on the sideline.


Sam Bradford: ‘I get more comfortable out here everyday’ Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford takes questions following Eagles’ organized team activities at the Novacare Complex. “I love the tempo, I love how fast we play,” said Bradford. (Video by Saed Hindash | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)


That very well could change on Monday, and if Bradford does take part in team drills, it will represent a step in the right direction for the often-injured quarterback. There might not be much to take from seeing him attempt a few passes, but it will be the first glimpse of what head coach Chip Kelly saw in Bradford, and why he traded for him this offseason.

Walter Thurmond: The big news last week was that Thurmond, who has played nickel cornerback throughout his career, would be moving to safety. The team’s decision speaks to just how unsure they are at the position, as Thurmond said the idea to move him to safety was made after the draft, not when he signed back in March.

These OTAs are a pretty big deal for Thurmond, as he will be learning his new position and getting comfortable playing next to Malcolm Jenkins. So while there isn’t any contact, seeing how Thurmond looks will be a sign of how well he can transition from corner to safety.

Nelson Agholor: The Eagles’ first-round pick wasn’t at practice last week due to an NFLPA rookie event out in Los Angeles. He should be in attendance on Monday, however, giving media members (and by extension, the fans) the first look at him.

A smart bet is that the Eagles will be looking for Agholor to stretch the field next season, playing a similar role to the one Jeremy Maclin played last year. It will be interesting to see where the Eagles line up him, and how that impacts the roles of second-year receivers Josh Huff and Jordan Matthews.

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Earl Wolff: Thurmond’s move to safety isn’t a good sign for Wolff, who is coming off of knee surgery, but had a decent chance of making the team due to the lack of depth at safety. Wolff is still recovering from that knee surgery, but missing reps in OTAs is not a good thing for any player fighting for a roster spot. Wolff didn’t practice last week, and it isn’t clear how much he will do on Monday.

Marcus Smith: This is a big offseason for Smith, who was a colossal bust as a first-round pick last season, playing only 77 total snaps. That is why it wasn’t a good sign that when the curtain came back on the 2015 Eagles last Thursday, Smith was on the sideline, nursing a muscle injury. Missing these mental reps is big for Smith, who struggled to pick up the Eagles’ defense last season, keeping him on the sideline. Smith should make the team, but Kelly has shown he won’t just hand out roster spots.


Tim Tebow returns to football after missing two seasons Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow answers questions about returning to football after missing two seasons, following todays organized team activities at the Novacare Complex. (Video by Saed Hindash | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)


Tim Tebow: Until he isn’t on the roster, Tebow will always be a player for Eagles’ fans to watch, as he attempts to make a comeback after two years out of the NFL. Tebow had an up-and-down practice last week, as he showed off an improved throwing motion and a strong arm. He did struggle during one portion of the seven-on-seven drills, but for a player learning a new offense and having spent two years out of the NFL, that is to be expected. It will be interesting to see if Tebow looks improved on Monday.

Eliot Shorr-Parks may be reached at eshorrpa@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @EliotShorrParks. Find NJ.com Sports on Facebook.

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One Response to “Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford once again players to watch at Eagles OTAs”

  1. ck says:

    Another negative on T2 and don’t like it either…Ugh! How do they know when, until or if, etc.?!! GO TEBOW!!!

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