New Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford met reporters Wednesday at NovaCare. He said he doesn't blame people for being skeptical about his health, but he said he'll prove himself to everyone.
Bradford, traded Tuesday from the St. Louis Rams for Nick Foles, said he'd known for 3 or 4 weeks that the Eagles were interested in acquiring him. He said he is excited about working in Eagles coach Chip Kelly's system.
"This is already more people than in St. Louis," Bradford said as he stepped up to the lectern.
Asked if he expects to start, Bradford said: "I really haven't even thought about that. I'm still trying to process this whole move ... My main goal right now is to get healthy. Once I get healthy, start running this offense. When I get on the field, whether that's OTAs or training camp, (what I want) is to compete for the starting job. I don't want anything handed to me. I want to earn it."
Bradford, the NFL's No. 1 overall pick in 2010, said he anticipates being fully healthy by training camp. He said after he tore his left ACL for the second year in a row, last preseason, he and Dr. James Andrews decided to take this rehab slower than the previous one.
"I have a lot to prove to everyone in this building," Bradford said. "I understand (fans' skepticism). I'd probably be a little apprehensive too. But I know how hard I've worked to get back the second time around. I'm ready to go, as soon as they clear me, I can't wait to get on the field. I don't think anyone should be worried. I think once they see me on the field and they see how hard I'm gonna work to get back, I think all those doubts will be gone from their minds."