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May 17, 2016

Carson Wentz resides squarely behind Sam Bradford's shoulder

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See what I did there with the selection of this picture?

For the first time in 2016, the Eagles practiced as a team at Eagles OTAs on Tuesday. There was a big, rich, talented, costly redheaded dude running with the third string offense. The quarterback running with the first string offense, of course, was the sleeved one, Sam Bradford.

During practice, all media attention was on the guy running the third string offense, Carson Wentz. Sam Bradford knows he's there (duh), and he knows it's only a matter of time before Wentz is taking snaps from Jason Kelce and he's... not.

"The competition is what it is," said Bradford. "I think if I continue to play at a high level each week on the field, if we continue to win games if we are winning games, I think I will be the starting quarterback and I will be out there. With that being said, I'm not completely naive. I think you realize that if the organization made a move to get up to two, at some point it's probably not going to be my team. But until it's not I'm going to continue to lead these guys like I did last year and I'm going to do my job to the best of my ability."

Bradford knows he is on rented time, and he'll be forced to share reps with the player who will eventually take his job. Still, Bradford maintains that he won't be looking over his metaphorical shoulder.

"The minute you start looking over your shoulder, the minute you start worrying about things that are out of your control, the minute your play starts to decline," he said.

It was pointed out to Bradford during his media session Tuesday that based on his comments above, he's kinda-sorta already looking over his shoulder.

"Until that day comes, you take the field every day, you continue to work, you continue to get better," Bradford replied. "I'm going to continue to lead those guys, be the leader of this football team. And if it happens at the end of the year, if it happens in two years, if it happens whenever, it's something you deal with."

I believe Mr. Bradford has reached "acceptance."

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