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Sam Bradford with perfect effort in win over Packers


The Philadelphia Eagles continued their preseason hot streak with a 39-26 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. Some thoughts on the game:

QB depth chart: Holding steady? It was tough for Mark Sanchez. In a strong quarter of work with the second-team offense, Sanchez completed 13 of 19 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. But it was almost impossible to outshine Sam Bradford’s 10-for-10 passing performance for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Bradford will be starting in Atlanta when the season opens on Sept. 14.

Maybe that dude could start: Maybe this will be the week that Chip Kelly acknowledges that Andrew Gardner is the Eagles’ starting right guard. The purported open competition has consisted of Gardner playing every down with the first team. He has played well, too. It has been obvious for a while. Time to say so.

Who got hurt? There was a scary moment in the first quarter when Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson went down. The medical staff examined his left knee on the sideline, but Johnson got back up and was walking around. He did not return, but that had more to do with it being a preseason game than anything else. Inside linebacker Kiko Alonso did not play after warming up. Kelly said Alonso’s knee was bothering him, perhaps from a case of tendinitis.

A surprise player who looks amazing: As a rookie last year, Trey Burton mostly made a mark blocking punts and causing havoc on special teams. This year, Burton is in the tight end role that James Casey held last season. He caught two touchdown passes in the first half, one from Bradford and one from Sanchez.

Rookie watch: It was kind of a slow night for first-round pick Nelson Agholor, but that’s because he ranks among the key players whose time was limited. Cornerback Eric Rowe, the second-round pick, was tested and held up fairly well. If nothing else, there were some teaching moments. Third-round linebacker Jordan Hicks was on the field a lot and played pretty well, an illegal-contact penalty notwithstanding. Fifth-rounder Randall Evans made a diving interception in the fourth quarter.

When it was starters vs. starters, we looked …: OK, so it was never really starters vs. starters in this one. Not with Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the sideline in a baseball cap. But the Eagles finished the first half with a 25-7 lead while working against Green Bay’s starting defense. That’s pretty encouraging.

One reason to freak out, good or bad: Bradford. Kelly’s whole offseason strategy hinged on Bradford being not only healthy, but the kind of franchise-caliber quarterback that can make the Eagles a contender. His perfect performance -- 10-for-10, 121 yards, three touchdowns -- certainly gave reason to believe in Kelly’s plan.

Cody Parkey went missing: Kip Smith, who was signed as a punter, handled the Eagles’ kicking duties. That was a little odd, considering that Parkey was considered a sure thing for the kicker job. Kelly said Parkey had a minor leg injury. Smith did pretty well, by the way.

A rough night for Tim Tebow theorists: Kelly had Tebow line up for two two-point conversion tries in the first half. Tebow Nation pointed at the TV and said, “Aha! Just like we thought!” But Tebow was short running for the first attempt and threw incomplete on the second try.