EAGLES QUARTERBACK Sam Bradford played only four series in the preseason, but he told reporters yesterday he isn't worried about that affecting his play in Monday night's season opener at Atlanta.
Bradford said he has a good feel for his receivers, as he prepares to play in a regular-season game for the first time since Oct. 20, 2013, when he suffered the first of his two left ACL tears, playing for the St. Louis Rams at Carolina.
"I feel great with [the receivers]. You guys talk like I didn't get any work with them," Bradford said. "We had five weeks of practice. We're out here for two hours a day; we got a ton of snaps with those guys. I feel really good with both the receivers and the linemen."
Bradford said he expects "jitters" as he makes his return, but added: "I think there's jitters every week, and I think that's what makes this game fun . . . There are so many other things that I'm thinking about [during a game], it's hard to even think about my knee."
Coach Chip Kelly, in his final session with reporters before the opener, said he believes Bradford is ready.
"We're real confident in Sam's conditioning. We monitor our guys every day," Kelly said. "He was in great shape when we got here [for training camp]. I'm not concerned at all about the amount of snaps he'll be taking."
Asked about the Falcons' blitzing Bradford, Kelly said: "They're going to do what they're going to do. We're going to do what we're going to do. We have answers when people blitz us, and part of protection pickup is how we call things - get the ball out of your hand quick.
"There's risks and rewards on both sides of it. There's a statement that when you blitz, the band plays. It's either our band or their band . . . if you do, you tend to expose yourself on the back end . . . Are you ready to match up with all five eligible receivers?"
* Kelly said tight end Zach Ertz and outside linebacker Marcus Smith, limited practice participants so far this week, will be evaluated after tomorrow's practice. Indications are that neither Ertz nor Smith will be 100 percent for Game 1.
* Tony Dungy, whose son Eric played for Kelly at Oregon, visited practice and spoke with the team. "Anytime I can get Tony to talk to anybody, I'm going to take advantage of that," Kelly said.
* Asked about sideline headset problems in the wake of Thursday night's Patriots-Steelers controversy, Kelly said: "I've heard a lot of things in headsets. I think there's a lot of frequency issues some places. I've heard air-traffic control, a lot of different things."
* Kelly said kicker Cody Parkey, who battled a groin injury through the preseason and hasn't kicked in a game since Aug. 22, "has been sharp, has been right on, his rhythm is there" in practice this week.