PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — No one ever talked about Nick Foles’ spiral, I’ll just say that!
Zach Ertz has caught passes from Andrew Luck (at Stanford), Mike Vick, and Nick Foles among others. The 24-year-old Eagles’ tight-end says his new quarterback, Sam Bradford, has the strongest arm of all.
“We’ve been throwing for the past three weeks and I can honestly say I’ve thrown with Andrew, Nick and other guys, and I don’t think I’ve thrown with a guy who has a stronger arm than Sam Bradford,” Ertz told CSN Philly. “He hasn’t been able to really truly get his full legs underneath him. But the ball still comes out effortlessly, and it’s a lot of fun to run routes with him.”
Second-year receiver Jordan Matthews echoed the same sentiment in a one-on-one interview with 94WIP’s Michael Barkann for Comcast SportsNet’s Philly Sports Talk.
“He looks real good,” Matthews told Barkann of Bradford. “That ball will catch you sometimes. I mean he throws a great ball. He has great touch, great timing, and his demeanor back there in the pocket is good because with receivers if you have a quarterback that’s like that, who’s mild-mannered. Talks when he needs to, can tell you what he wants, then you want to go out and play hard for him. You want to go out there and catch the ball for him. He’s that type of quarterback. He has that type of aura about him, that type of attitude, so all the guys wanna work for him. And then, it definitely helps when you got a spiral like that. The guy looks good.”
Bradford has played just seven games over the last two seasons due to back-to-back ACL tears. Matthews isn’t worried.
“I really don’t put too much stock into it,” Matthews said of Bradford’s injury history. “I mean everyone’s seen it now. AP [Adrian Peterson], how he came off injury a couple years ago and got almost the MVP. [Jeremy] Maclin, the story of his own, coming off an ACL tear never had a 1,000 yard season goes for 1,300 [yards], 10 touchdowns, All-Pro guy. So I think now, with the technology that we have, the trainers especially here—the nutrition program that we’re on and guys like Coach [Chip] Kelly who actually want to put emphasis on that. I think he’ll be just fine.”
Watch Barkann’s interview with Matthews below: