Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow among Eagles’ Studs and Duds from win over Green Bay Packers

Philadelphia Eagles v Green Bay Packers
GREEN BAY, WI – AUGUST 29: Sam Bradford #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter in a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 29, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) (Jon Durr)

After his team’s latest preseason win, a 39-26 win over the Green Bay PackersEagles head coach Chip Kelly said, as is always the case, that his team could have played better. 

He might be right — but it certainly is hard to imagine. 

The Eagles firs-team was nearly flawless on both offense and defense Saturday night against the Packers, turning in exactly the kind of performance head coaches like to see from their team in the final tune up before the regular season. 

The second-team? Not so much. 

Here is a look at some of the studs and duds from the team’s win over the Packers:


Sam Bradford: Bradford completed all 10 of his passes Saturday against the Packers, and did it in impressive fashion. After missing on some easy passes in his preseason debut against the Baltimore Ravens last week, Bradford was deadly accurate against the Packers. 

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His best pass of the night was his eight-yard strike to Darren Sproles for the touchdown. Bradford his Sproles in stride as the running back got into the end zone, a pass that Sproles described as “money” as the game.  

Walter Thurmond: Three games into the Walter Thurmond experiment, and so far, so good. A former cornerback, Thurmond has two interceptions in three games, bringing his pick on Saturday back 28 yards for a touchdown. 

Granted, the interception was on rookie Brett Hundley, but Thurmond has proven to be more than serviceable so far in his first try at safety in the NFL. 

Trey Burton: Burton had his best game as a pass catcher in the NFL, hauling in two touchdowns against the Packers. The fact that both of the scores came in the red zone, an area where the Eagles use their tight ends often, has to make coaches feel good about the idea of giving him serious playing time against Atlanta in Week 1. 


Tim Tebow: Tebow had a chance to completely lock up a roster spot Saturday, as Kelly called for his backup quarterback to run a two-point conversion twice. 

Unfortunately for Tebow, he failed both times. 

You can debate how the blocking was on his first attempt, a run up the middle, or his second, an incompletion with a bad snap, but the results are all that matters. If Kelly was thinking about using Tebow throughout this upcoming season as a two-point specialist, you have to wonder if he is now having second thoughts. 

Eric Rowe: Rowe has had a strong training camp, but you wouldn’t know it Saturday, as the rookie was burned up-and-down the field against the Packers. The fact that it came against backups had to be especially concerning to coaches, as Rowe is expected to get a fair amount of playing time in the team’s Week 1 game against Atlanta. 

Rowe doesn’t not seem fast enough to cover receivers in man-to-man coverage, which could be why many scouts projected him to be a safety, and not a cornerback, in the NFL. 

EJ Biggers: The Eagles are in need of not only a third cornerback to step up, but a fourth one as well. Biggers was thought to be that player, as he has a strong history of special teams and has made plays in training camp, including an interception for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens. 

Against the Packers, however, Biggers struggled, and had a very bad penalty late in the game on a pass that was not going to be completed. Biggers blatantly pulled down his man, drawing a flag for pass interference.

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5 Responses to “Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow among Eagles’ Studs and Duds from win over Green Bay Packers”

  1. Sage says:

    During the two years when Tebow was squeezed out of the league, ESPN lost more than five percent of subscribers. Just sayin’.

    ESPN has lost 8 percent since the peak when Tebow was moving the chains for the Broncos.

  2. David says:

    Tim Tebow on his friendship with Matt Barkley,
    “You want to treat people the way you want to be treated because opportunities for positions are never more important than character.”

  3. ck says:

    Looks like ESP scored a “DUD” w/this not so unbiased article that FAILS more times than not and will take Eckel’s mature commentary over this immature college student’s take!:( Pulling for Tebow to continue to make his case against the naysayers/obstacles etc.

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