Nigel Bradham

Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, Jordan Howard and more in Roob's 10 mind-boggling Eagles stats

Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, Jordan Howard and more in Roob's 10 mind-boggling Eagles stats

In this week’s edition of 10 stats you won’t believe, we cover Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz and more!

Wentz joins a familiar name 
The last two visiting QBs to throw 3 TDs and 0 INTs at Lambeau Field and beat the Packers? Wentz and Nick Foles. Foles did it during his 2013 Pro Bowl season. Wentz is only the 14th quarterback in Lambeau Field’s 63-year history to throw 3 TDs and 0 INTs and beat the Packers. Among the others who have done it: Dan Fouts, Joe Montana, Randall Cunningham (with the Vikings), Brett Favre (with the Vikings) and Tom Brady. During those 63 years, the Packers have played 378 games at Lambeau.

Joining elite company 
Howard on Thursday became only the third opposing player with a three-touchdown game at Lambeau since 1976. DeAngelo Williams of the Panthers had four rushing TDs in 2008 and Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs had three rushing TDs in 2015. Only Howard and Williams did it in a win. 

Rare accomplishment for Howard 
Howard also became the first opposing player with a rushing TD and a receiving TD in the same game at Lambeau since Curtis Martin of the Jets in 2000. For the truly hard-core stat fans: The only visiting player other than Howard with three TDs at Lambeau including one each rushing and receiving was Willie Galimore of the Bears in 1958 … when it was still called New City Stadium.

Ertz rapidly climbing all-time list 
With 24 catches already this year, Ertz has increased his career total to 461. He’s passed Carroll Dale, Keith Jackson, Wesley Walls and Pete Retzlaff and tied Todd Christensen. He now has the 24th-most catches ever by an NFL tight end.

Thunder and lightning 
With Sanders rushing for 72 yards and a 6.5 average and Howard adding 87 yards and a 5.8 average, this was the first time the Eagles had two backs in the same game with at least 70 yards and an average of at least 5.5 since 2013, when Bryce Brown (115 yards, 12.8 average) and LeSean McCoy (18 carries, 7.4 average) did it against the Bears at the Linc.

I can see for Miles and Miles 
Sanders’ 445 all-purpose yards are 7th-most among active running backs in their first four career games, behind only Adrian Peterson (669), Kareem Hunt (659), Darren Sproles (535), Todd Gurley (497), Ezekiel Elliott (456) and his former college teammate, Saquon Barkley (453). He’s second in all-purpose yards through four games in Eagles history, behind only DeSean Jackson. The previous high for a running back was Ted Dean’s 430 in 1960.

Wentz coming up big 
Wentz has thrown two or more touchdowns in 21 of his 28 games since the start of 2017. Only Russell Wilson (28 in 36 games) and Philip Rivers (24 in 36) have more 2-TD games than Wentz since 2017, and Wentz has missed eight games. In all, Wentz has 26 2-TD games. Only Hall of Famers Dan Marino (33), Kurt Warner (30) and Johnny Unitas (27) had more in their first 44 career games.

Bend but don't break 
The Eagles beat the Packers despite being outgained by 155 yards. They had won only 10 of 123 previous games in franchise history in which they were outgained by 155 or more yards.  

A rarity for Bradham 
Before Nigel Bradham’s interception, Aaron Rodgers had thrown one fourth-quarter interception in his previous 336 attempts. During that span, he was 215-for-340 for 2,725 yards with 15 touchdowns.

Goal-line stands 
The last time the Eagles had two goal-line stands in the same game allowing no points on drives inside the 5-yard-line was Sept. 12, 2004, when they stopped the Giants twice in a 31-17 win. On Thursday they did it twice in the game's final five minutes.

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Doug Pederson had ‘great conversation’ with Bradham, ready to move on

Doug Pederson had ‘great conversation’ with Bradham, ready to move on

Nigel Bradham has not been suspended and will play in the Eagles’ season opener against Washington on Sunday, according to head coach Doug Pederson. 

While Pederson said any discipline levied to Bradham is “an internal issue,” he did confirm that Bradham will play Sunday at the Linc. 

Bradham, 30, didn’t show up for the bus trip to North Jersey for the preseason finale last Wednesday because he was sick, but failed to alert the Eagles. Bradham, on Thursday, admitted he needs to communicate better.

I trust Nigel,” Pederson said. “He and I had a great conversation. Quite frankly, it’s behind us. I’ll just tell you this, we had a, without getting into details because I’m not going to, great conversation on Monday. And he’s focused on the Redskins just like I am and we’ve put it behind us.

Bradham on Thursday said he expected to be disciplined. He said he was dealing with “a little stomach virus” and wasn’t thinking about his phone when he should have contacted the Eagles. 

Anyway, this is past the Eagles now and Bradham will play on Sunday. He’s an important part of this Eagles defense. He’ll be the linebacker that doesn’t leave the field. And he’ll be ready to play on Sunday after rehabbing from a foot surgery this offseason. That’s huge for the Eagles. 

Instances like this one with Bradham — or really any off-the-field thing — happen way more often than they’re reported. This Bradham news came from the Philadelphia Inquirer, which is why we’re all talking about it. 

Over his years as the Eagles’ head coach, Pederson has shown an ability to manage and massage situations like these. It goes back to that “emotional intelligence” we’ve all heard so much about.

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Nigel Bradham explains absence: 'I wasn't really concerned with the phone'

Nigel Bradham explains absence: 'I wasn't really concerned with the phone'

Nigel Bradham said he expects to be disciplined by Eagles head coach Doug Pederson for not alerting the team that he was sick and not traveling to East Rutherford, New Jersey, for last week’s preseason finale, but he said he expects to play Sunday in the regular-season opener against the Redskins.

Bradham was not scheduled to play in the preseason game last Thursday against the Jets at MetLife Stadium, but he didn’t show up for the bus trip to North Jersey from Philadelphia that Wednesday because he was sick, he said.

He said he didn't contact Pederson or any of his coaches because he was so sick.

The story was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

I was actually supposed to travel but after walkthroughs and stuff I guess I ate something that didn’t settle well in my stomach,” he said after practice Thursday. “So it just wasn’t going to work to take that ride.

Bradham acknowledged he should have contacted Pederson or someone with the Eagles before they had to check with him to see where he was.

Just communicate better, obviously,” he said. “But I wasn’t feeling well, so obviously I wasn’t really concerned with the phone and trying to reach out. That’s all it was.

Bradham said he’s talked to Pederson since the incident and said he knows he needs “better communication.”

Asked if he expects to be disciplined, Bradham said: “I mean, probably, more than likely. Obviously, it’s the NFL and that’s just how it works.”

Bradham said he had “a little stomach virus” and said he was throwing up from “both ends.” He said he got meds over the weekend and felt better in time to join the team at practice on Monday.

In August of 2016, Bradham was arrested after trying to bring a loaded gun through security at Miami Airport. Soon after, he was arrested again in Miami after an altercation with a hotel employee. Both charges were eventually dropped. 

He was suspended for last year’s opener by the NFL for the hotel incident for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Bradham, the Eagles’ best linebacker, didn’t practice or play all preseason because of a foot injury he suffered in the playoff loss to the Saints in January, but he returned to practice this week and said he plans to play “the whole game” against the Redskins on Sunday.

I think I’m ready, man," he said. "Prepping myself throughout this process. Our training staff did a great job using the timeline, keeping me on schedule and doing things every day to get me ready for the season. We always had it marked down that Week 1 was going to be my week.

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