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December 01, 2015

Sam Bradford practices Tuesday; Rowe likely to start vs. Patriots

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Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford.

For those of you who haven't conceded a loss to the reigning champion New England Patriots this week and are still interested in who plays and who doesn't, it appears that Sam Bradford's week is off to a promising start. It does not look as promising for Ryan Mathews.

"Sam will be out there today, we'll have to see what Ryan is able to do," said offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. "But Sam will be out there training today."

Bradford has had a disappointing season for the Eagles, but he has looked more competent in recent weeks than Mark Sanchez. Mathews, meanwhile, is still feeling the effects of a concussion suffered against the Dolphins two and half weeks ago.

Meanwhile, for those of you who have already begun looking toward the future, it looks like Eric Rowe will get his first career start at corner this week.

"I think it's time for him to go out there and see what we have," said defensive coordinator Bill Davis. "He played 14 snaps matched up on Megatron last week. They caught four on him, and I think Eric grew a little bit. Two of those catches were in the field, in which (Rowe's coverage) was way too soft, and far off, and we talked about it. He just has to get up there and believe in himself and challenge him."

Here's one of those plays, in which Rowe was beaten on a slant:

"He had two in the red zone. I think Eric is one of our best fade / fade-stop players in the red zone. The one that he got caught on him I thought Eric played a great down and they made a great catch on him. He's long, tall, a good leaper.

"The other one was a bad down all the way around. He missed at the line, and the help that was supposed to be over the top got frozen by a look-off and wasn't there for him. The 3rd and 17 was a rough one, but I do believe in Eric and I think we'll grow him, and I think as a young guy he'll get more and more confidence and we'll get more and more confidence in him."

Here's the 3rd and 17 play Davis was referring to:

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