Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford will talk to reporters Tuesday, his first interaction with the media since tucking his tail between his legs and agreeing to return last week.
But before that happens, he’ll get a chance to stand side-by-side with the guy who will eventually replace him. This shouldn’t be awkward at all. Let’s all gawk and scribble down every little thing they do.
Rookie Carson Wentz and Bradford will take the field together today at Eagles OTAs, the first step in what ought to be an delicate yet compelling dance over the next few months.
Wentz said last week he didn’t anticipate any tension with Bradford, but that’s frankly inevitable given the roles the Eagles have given them. But the second overall pick in the draft was saying all the right things last week when he made his debut.
“Just be myself and hard work and earn the respect of the guys by being around them, showing that you care about them, and working your tail off,” Wentz said last week, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “You’ve got to earn it. You’ve got to earn it with hard work, with building relationships, being around the guys. It doesn’t happen overnight.”
Of course, that could be construed as a not-even-all-that-subtle shot at Bradford, who tried to force his way out after the Eagles made the move to get Wentz. But Wentz is young and from North Dakota (a less cynical place than Philadelphia, according to sources close to us) so we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now.
Bradford will get his turn to perform for the cameras and say his part later today. Oh, and also practice as the starting quarterback, which is the chance he wanted someplace else.