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Eagles insider Eliot Shorr-Parks hears that QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be ready for full-team work when training camp opens on August 2nd.  Bradford was limited to individual work this spring as he rehabbed last year's torn ACL, but he's "looking great" now, the source told Shorr-Parks.  While QB Mark Sanchez had a strong offseason, Bradford remains the favorite to be under center come Week 1.  That'll give him clear QB1 potential, making him a nice value at his current 13th-round ADP.

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Eagles insider Geoff Mosher says there's "potential" for Mark Sanchez to be under center for the season opener.  QB Sam Bradford's recovery from last year's torn ACL has been slow.  Sanchez, meanwhile, looked "confident and in command" this spring, per Mosher.  Bradford remains the favorite here, but he's certainly not locked into the starting spot.  It'll be a situation worth monitoring closely this summer.  Whoever starts for the Eagles this year will be a viable QB1.

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Eagles HC Chip Kelly told reporters Thursday afternoon that QB Sam Bradford is "on schedule" in his return from last year's ACL tear and that he'll throw in 7-on-7 drills next week. Fantasy football owners everywhere, of course, anxiously await any preview of what this offense might be able to do in 2015. Kelly has coached both of his Philly teams into the league's top 5 in scoring so far, with Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez and even Matt Barkley as his QBs.

UPDATE: Kelly also said that the starting QB job is up for grabs, with Bradford and Sanchez the obvious competitors. Bradford did throw to receivers on the side as the team worked out Thursday.

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The Jon and Sean Show of 97.5 FM in Philadelphia reports that the Eagles have reached a deal with QB Mark Sanchez to keep him from reaching free agency. If it comes to fruition, it certainly looks like a good move for Sanchez. He played decently as the starter after Nick Foles broke his collarbone and put up QB1 fantasy numbers. Of course, we'll see what else Philly plans to do at the position this offseason and how that might affect Sanchez's 2015 outlook.

UPDATE: Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reports that Sanchez's deal is for 2 years at $9 million, including $5.5 million guaranteed and another $7 million in incentives. That certainly looks like at least primary backup money and probably hints at a chance to start. It might also suggest that Chip Kelly prefers Sanchez to Foles. But we'll see where the situation goes from here.

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Eagles insider Howard Eskin hears that QB Nick Foles' collarbone is only 70% healed.  "So obviously no way Foles plays in regular season games," Eskin adds.  Philadelphia is stuck with QB Mark Sanchez for the final 2 weeks against the Redskins and Giants.  Those are positive passing matchups, but Sanchez has tossed 4 TDs vs. 5 INTs in his last 4 games.  He's a risk/reward fantasy starter the rest of the way.

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8 months ago

Eagles HC Chip Kelly announced Monday that QB Nick Foles (collarbone) has still not received full medical clearance.  His status has taken on added importance with QB Mark Sanchez struggling.  Foles is out at least for Week 16, though.  Sanchez will be a risk/reward fantasy play in a prime matchup against the Redskins.

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The "best-case scenario" for Eagles QB Nick Foles is a Week 16 return, according to insider Jeff McLane.  Foles is schedule for a follow-up exam on his broken collarbone sometime next week.  He's been able to throw in practice but hasn't been cleared for contact.  Of course, we don't know if Foles will be reinserted as Philly's starter when healthy.  QB Mark Sanchez has gone 2-1 as the starter and tossed 7 TDs in less than 4 games.  But he's also turned it over 8 times (6 INTs, 2 fumbles).  His performance over these next 3 games will likely determine who closes out the season under center -- and perhaps who's under center in 2015.

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9 months ago

Titans CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson is inactive for today's game against the Eagles. It would have been a high-upside matchup for the young corner, who has stepped up for IDP owners this year. His absence only helps the Philly pass offense in a matchup that already wasn't particularly threatening.

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Eagles QB Nick Foles is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with the broken collarbone suffered in Sunday's game against the Texans.  He won't need surgery, but even the short end of that timetable knocks him out until Week 16.  The long end would have him out for the rest of the regular season.  There's no reason to hang on to Foles outside of deep 2-QB leagues.  QB Mark Sanchez will step in as Philly's starter and could emerge as a valuable spot starter in fantasy football.  He enters a prime situation with a favorable schedule that features the Panthers, Packers, Titans and Cowboys over the next 4 weeks.

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Eagles insider Jeff McLane says it "sure sounds like a broken collarbone" for QB Nick Foles.  We're still waiting for confirmation from the team.  A broken collarbone would likely knock Foles out for over a month.  It'd leave the offense in the hands of QB Mark Sanchez, who completed 15 of 22 passes for 202 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs against the Texans on Sunday.  It's obviously an intriguing situation as far as offensive system and supporting cast.  But this is still Mark Sanchez.  He'll be a risk/reward QB2 for as long as Foles is out.

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Eagles QB Nick Foles left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game with a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury.  He headed back to the locker room with trainers, presumably for x-rays.  Foles is considered questionable to return.  QB Mark Sanchez will step in if Foles can't.

Update: Foles was ruled out for the rest of the game at halftime.

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Eagles HC Chip Kelly may or may not have indicated interest in trading QB Mark Sanchez when talking to reporters Sunday.  "What are you giving me?" Kelly responded to a trade question from a reporter, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I mean, we'll listen to anything for anybody. We're not going to just bury our head in the sand and say no, but it better be a pretty good deal in terms of what it is. We need him, in terms of how he's playing right now, how we can function and what we're doing. And I've always said you need to have two quarterbacks."  Kelly has a way of answering matter-of-factly, more so than many other coaches in the league.  And this was certainly a sensible response.  It gains interest, though, because of Sanchez's strong summer so far.  He has gone 18-of-22 passing through 2 preseason games for 196 yards, 2 TDs and an INT.  That included an 11-of-12 outing against the Patriots on Friday in which his only incompletion was a pick by Pats S Duron Harmon.  We'd still bet against Sanchez moving anywhere, but it would be interesting to see if any team would come calling should a starter go down.  At the least, Sanchez's nice camp and preseason positions him as a potential waiver-wire add should Eagles QB Nick Foles get hurt.

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The Eagles are set to sign QB Mark Sanchez, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  HC Chip Kelly must have a thing for weak-armed former USC QBs, selecting Matt Barkley in the 4th round of last year's draft and now signing Sanchez.  Those 2 will compete for backup duties behind QB Nick Foles.  If Sanchez wins that job, he'd take over an explosive offense in the event of a Foles injury.  Even then, though, it'd be tough to trust him as a fantasy option.  He arrives in Philly with a career 55% completion rate and 68:69 TD-to-INT ratio.

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1 year ago

On the same day they finally signed QB Michael Vick, the Jets also released QB Mark Sanchez.  The move comes as no surprise, considering they would have owed him a $2 million roster bonus come Tuesday.  Sanchez missed all of 2013 after suffering a shoulder injury in the final preseason contest.  At 28, though, he figures to still get a backup gig somewhere.  Sanchez sports an ugly 55.1% career completion rate but a less terrible 68-69 TD-INT ratio.  His sneaky 12 rushing TDs inflated his fantasy totals over his 1st 3 seasons.

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Jets QB Mark Sanchez has decided to undergo surgery on his injured throwing shoulder.  He'll be sidelined 4-6 months, which knocks him out for the rest of the 2013 season.  Sanchez is signed in New York through 2016 but is fully expected to be cut this offseason.  He'll likely need to settle for a backup job elsewhere.

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The Jets have placed QB Mark Sanchez (shoulder) on IR-designated-for-return.  It means he's out until at least Week 11.  Sanchez has opted against surgery for now, but there's no guarantee he'll be ready to play at any point this season.  Even if he is, Sanchez is unlikely to see the field in 2013.  He's well off the fantasy radar.

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