|Date of Birth:||11/08/1987|
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Arizona's new offense could be similar to the Patriots' offense.
Mike Jurecki of AZCardinals.com tweeted that new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy "installed a new playbook will be committed to the running the ball, 3-step drops, protecting the edges with FB/TE. It could be similar to Patriots/McDaniels offense. Quality hire by Wilks." Running the ball is something the Cardinals have said they are going to really emphasize this season, but this offense potentially being similar to New England's is really interesting. New Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford is a perfect fit for a Patriots-type of offense, as he fits a similar mold to Tom Brady as a guy that can stand in the pocket and slice up defenses as well as get rid of the ball quickly with pinpoint accuracy. The Cardinals might really surprise some people this season, and Bradford could put up bigger numbers than most expect if he stays healthy.
The Cardinals have officially signed quarterback Sam Bradford.
The physical presumable went well, and a healthy Bradford will be under center in Arizona for 2018. The team must build up the offensive line to keep Bradford upright and allow him time to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson, and his other playmakers, but the upside is promising. Health is the biggest concern, but it would not be surprising if Bradford had the type of success (or more) that Carson Palmer did in the desert. Bradford will have QB1 upside in 2018, and his presence should be especially good for Fitz and Johnson.
Sam Bradford is expected to sign with the Cardinals, according to Adam Schefter.
With Kirk Cousins appearing set to sign with Minnesota, the Cardinals are making a move to get the former Vikings starter. Health has really been the only concern with the former number one overall pick, and when fully healthy he's arguably the best quarterback option available ahead of Cousins. Bradford's pinpoint accuracy to all areas of the field is great news for the Cardinals and skill position players Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson, who are both probably stoked with the addition. Now, the focus will have to be on building a strong offensive line to keep Bradford upright to avoid injury and allow him to use his elite accuracy to get the ball to his playmakers. Considering the defensive-minded head coach in Steve Wilks, it's not surprising that Arizona has decided to target a traditional quarterback that avoids turnovers better than most quarterbacks in the NFL. The signing cannot become official until tomorrow at 4:00 PM ET, but expect Bradford to officially sign with Arizona shortly after the new league year begins.
Sam Bradford "absolutely" wants to play in 2018, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Pelissero says that Dr. James Andrews believes everything should be good for Bradford's knee after getting it cleaned up during last season, which is obviously what the former first-overall pick needs. A healthy Bradford should be the top quarterback on the market this offseason, and it will be interesting to see how teams value durability concerns with the elite arm talent. The Vikings, Cardinals, and Browns are expected to be among several suitors for Bradford.
Sam Bradford told Mike Zimmer he's past his knee issues.
Zimmer held his season-ending press conference today and didn't give any updates on what the team's plans are at quarterback, which is probably because the team isn't sure what they're going to do yet. There are worse problems to have, but it's a difficult situation deciding what quarterback to move forward with. Zimmer has said Bradford is the best passer on the team, which might give him the nod if he is indeed healthy. However, Case Keenum and Teddy Bridgewater are both very good quarterbacks, too. The situation is a mystery, but if we had to guess, Bradford—if healthy—is their preferred choice, with the expectation of the offensive line making further improvements to give the quarterback time to dice up opposing defenses next season.
Sam Bradford is officially backing up Case Keenum in today's playoff game.
Teddy Bridgewater is inactive, which makes sense considering Bradford has played a lot more football over the last two years and went through the entire offseason as the starter. Keenum will remain the starter as long as he plays the way he's been playing, but the Vikings going to Bradford if Keenum struggles would not be surprising.
The Vikings have officially activated Sam Bradford (knee) from injured reserve.
Bradford only appeared in two games this season because of his knee injury suffered back in Week 1, but he has been practicing the last two weeks and has looked like his normal self. Considering he’s played some meaningful football over the last two years, we fully expect him to step right in as the backup over Teddy Bridgewater. Over the last two seasons, Bradford has the fifth-highest passer rating in the league behind only Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers, and the bottom line is he has elite upside. Super Bowl runs aren't guaranteed every year, and the Vikings might not hesitate to insert him into the game if Case Keenum happens to struggle in the postseason. Also, remember Bradford absolutely lit up tomorrow's opponent, the Saints, in Week 1, throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns with only five incompletion on 32 attempts.
Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be active for the Vikings for the Divisional Round.
According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, the plan is for Minnesota to dress Bradford on Sunday against the Saints. Things have certainly changed since then, but remember: Bradford lit up the Saints in Week 1 while dropping dimes all over the field. If active, he'll probably be ahead of Teddy Bridgewater as the backup to Case Keenum. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says no decision has been made, but they still have time to make the move (in which case they will have to release a player from the 53-man roster). Bradford would be a heck of a backup quarterback if the Vikings need him in the postseason.
Sam Bradford (knee) is practicing for the Vikings today.
After being placed on injured reserve in early November with a mysterious knee injury that never got better after it occurred in Week 1, the Vikings' starter heading into the season appears close to 100%. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he heard Bradford is moving around well and throwing the ball well, but now we'll have to see what we hear about his performance in practice. There's no question Case Keenum will be the starter for Minnesota for the Divisional Round in a couple of weeks, but the Vikings have a big-time ace-in-the-hole if Keenum starts to play poorly or gets injured. Considering Teddy Bridgewater has played only a few minutes of football over the last two years, Bradford is fully expected to be the backup if healthy; and while Keenum makes some outstanding plays to avoid the rush and make big plays, Bradford is a deadly accurate passer that wouldn't miss many throws on a team with a strong supporting cast and scheme that gets guys open. Don't be surprised if the Vikings go with him if Keenum struggles in the playoffs, as Super Bowl chances don't come often.
Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to return to practice next week.
Here we go. Bradford is apparently feeling a lot better than he did when he was placed on injured reserve earlier this season, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer anticipates he'll be back in practice next week—but he didn't make any commitments for Bradford's playoff status. It's difficult to pull Case Keenum right now, but Bradford is a major ace-in-the-hole that could certainly lead this Vikings team to a Super Bowl. If he's around 100% and able to practice next week, Bradford will likely take over backup duties from Teddy Bridgewater, who hasn't played in much game action over the last two years. Minnesota acquired Bradford for a first-round pick for a reason, and it would not be at all surprising to see him under center if Keenum slips up in January.
The Vikings are placing Sam Bradford (knee) on Injured Reserve.
After yesterday’s knee scope, Bradford’s season is likely over unless he makes a return in the playoffs as a designated to return player. This is really a shame, as Bradford finally had an offseason where he was healthy and with the same coaching staff as the year before, he had a stellar opening game where he dropped dimes on his way to 346 yards and three touchdowns, and his knee has been giving him trouble ever since. It’s difficult not to feel sorry for Bradford, as just when things are starting to go well (full health, a much improved offensive line, a lot of comfort with the offense, etc.) and he was looking to have an All-Pro caliber season, the knee issue popped up. Bradford is due to become a free agent this offseason, but hopefully he’s able to become healthy again to play in the playoffs if he’s needed. There would certainly be teams interested in signing Bradford if Minnesota opts to go with Teddy Bridgewater or Case Keenum moving forward, with the Cardinals, Jaguars, and Broncos among the potential options.
Sam Bradford had a knee scope, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
He'll be out a few weeks as the hope is the knee scope can improve the left knee that's caused Bradford to basically miss the entire season after Week 1. It's certainly possible the Vikings place Bradford on Injured Reserve as a corresponding move when they activate Teddy Bridgewater to the 53-man roster today, but hopefully the team gives Bradford a chance to feel better in a couple of weeks. Bridgewater is an awesome and underrated quarterback, but Bradford has had more time in Pat Shurmur's offense and would likely be the Vikings' best option at the position.
The Vikings are discussing putting quarterback Sam Bradford on IR, according to Chris Mortensen.
Teddy Bridgewater is set to be activated to the 53-man roster tomorrow, and sending Bradford to IR to free up a roster space sounds like a serious discussion. It's a real shame that such a good quarterback and good guy hasn't been able to get on the field because of his troubled knee, especially on a team he'd have a real shot to win a Super Bowl with. According to multiple reports, Bradford is seeing Dr. James Andrews today again, so Minnesota's decision could depend on how the knee currently is—a knee scope might be an option. Hopefully Bradford is somehow healthy and ready to play for the Vikings soon, but it looks very doubtful at this point.
Sam Bradford (knee) did not practice today.
It'd be a major surprise if he played in Week 8, and there's a chance he won't even make the trip to London for the game against the Browns. Teddy Bridgewater, who continues to practice with the team, might be closer to a return than Bradford at this point. But hopefully Bradford can get healthy and back on the field very soon for the NFC North-leading Vikings.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says he believes Sam Bradford will play again this season.
Case Keenum is starting again this week against the Ravens, but there's still hope Bradford is progressing well from his knee injury after getting Regonokine treatment. Considering Bradford on the doubtful side of things for Week 8 against the Browns, but the Vikings have a Week 9 bye—maybe that's the target for Bradford's return. Teddy Bridgewater also getting healthy and back in the swing of things, which adds more uncertainty to the situation, but Bradford will likely be the starter when he's 100%.
Sam Bradford (knee) did not practice today.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says Bradford is back with the team after getting Regonikine treatment and added "we'll see" when asked if the quarterback will practice this week, but we doubt he does practice. We'll update you if Bradford hits the practice field, but he's expected to be out for Week 7 against Baltimore.
Sam Bradford's knee injury could be career-ending.
On FOX, insider Jay Glazer said "Sam Bradford’s knee is much worse than people know," adding that Bradford doesn't see it as career-ending but if the knee continues to give him problems he's "going to have to look at his knee and make a decision on his career." We would guess and hope that this is not an injury that would end Bradford's career, but it is a concern that he was out there last Monday night when he was clearly not close to 100%—maybe it was just an effort to see how he could play if the knee isn't going to get any better. Keep in mind Bradford is now undergoing Regenokine treatment in hopes of decreasing inflammation in the knee. If we could contact Bradford we would recommend him giving Tom Brady a call, as pliability treatments as a part of the TB12 Method certainly seem worth a shot at this point. Everyone should just hope Bradford, who's only 29 years old, can get back to full health and play at least another few years in the league.
Sam Bradford (knee) is officially out for Week 6.
This was fully expected, as Bradford is going to need some time to get his knee back to 100%. It's really unfortunate for both the Vikings and him personally, so hopefully he's able to get healthy soon, put the knee issue behind him, and have an outstanding stretch for a Vikings playoff push.
Sam Bradford (knee) is not practicing.
This is the second straight day of missed practice for Bradford, who doesn't look like he'll be playing against the Packers. Expect him to be ruled out tomorrow.
Sam Bradford (knee) did not practice today.
This was fully expected after Bradford looked nowhere near 100% on Monday versus Chicago. ThisnSunday is probably a long shot, and we might not see Bradford for quite a while. After the team's Week 9 bye seems like it might be a good target, but it's impossible to predict—hopefully he's back sooner than that.
Sam Bradford has no additional damage to his knee.
After Bradford left last night's game versus the Bears, the team had him undergo and MRI. Thankfully, there is still no structural damage, but the knee obviously gave him issues and he couldn't do much before getting pulled last night to risk further injury. Unfortunately, there's still a chance Bradford isn't healthy enough for the rest of the season—the Vikings aren't going to throw him out there if he looked like he did last night, because it'd almost certainly lead to a more serious injury.
Sam Bradford doesn't finish game against the Bears.
Bradford made his return after missing three games with knee issues, but he very clearly was not close to 100%. During warmups, Bradford had a noticeable limp but gave it a go anyway, and he just obviously was never comfortable or able to contribute the way he normally does. From the start, Bradford wasn't following through on his injured front leg and passes were sailing high. And things got worse the more he moved and the more he got hit. Overall, Bradford was 5/11 for 36 yards before getting pulled late in the second quarter. You have to feel just terrible for Bradford, who was finally looking to get in a rhythm and be healthy in his second season with the Vikings. It's now a complete mystery when he will be healthy and when we will see him on the field again, putting a huge dent in Minnesota's Super Bowl chances.
Sam Bradford (knee) is active for the Vikings against the Bears.
After missing the last three games in which the Vikings went 1-2, Bradford is back under center for his team. He faces a Chicago defense that's tougher than most people think and will have to knock off the rust, but Bradford's presence is great for Minnesota and should give them a boost. The deadly-accurate quarterback should be a boost for the fantasy value of everyone in Minnesota's offense. The Vikings are trying to get a win to remain a game behind the Packers ahead of their Week 6 matchup.
The Vikings expect Sam Bradford to play tomorrow night.
According to Adam Schefter, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said in today's production meeting for Monday Night Football that he anticipates Bradford will start the game. This lines up with reports of the quarterback taking most of the first-team reps in practice, though they'll likely have to make sure the knee is fine during pre-game warmups. Barring a flare up tomorrow night in warmups, Bradford will be back for the Vikings in a big NFC North game against Chicago.
Sam Bradford received the majority of first-team snaps in practice this week, according to Stacey Dales.
This is just further good news that points to Bradford being able to suit up on Monday night against the Bears. Barring a setback with his knee, Bradford will return after missing the last three games while dealing with his bone bruise in his knee.
Sam Bradford (knee) is questionable for Monday night.
Bradford practiced all week, and it'll probably come down to how Bradford feels and how he's moving during pre-game warmups. Despite the fact that it'd be his first game since Week 1, Bradford would be a solid streaming option against the Bears. However, the Vikings playing on Monday night complicated things, as you'd need to insert either Case Keenum or Mitchell Trubisky into your lineup if you are planning on playing Bradford and he's inactive.
Sam Bradford (knee) was officially limited practice today.
We'll see if he can get a full practice in tomorrow, but either way it looks like he's on track to play Monday night against the Bears. The injury report for the game will be released tomorrow.
Sam Bradford (knee) says he's "night and day" from two weeks ago.
The bone bruise in his knee had obviously been giving him trouble over the last few weeks and forced him to miss the last three games, but it looks like he will definitely be out there on Monday night, barring a setback. We'll see if he's listed as limited or full later today, but either way things are looking positive for the Vikings quarterback.
Sam Bradford (knee) was a limited participant in practice today.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he anticipated Bradford practicing today, and he did. A full participation would obviously be a great sign, but they'll take limited if it can get Bradford to game day. Hopefully we'll hear about how the practice went tomorrow.
Vikings QB Sam Bradford is expected to practice today.
It sounds like Bradford will be out there and they'll probably see how well he moves around and how his knee responds after practice. Bradford is expected to be out there on Monday night, but obviously he needs to get through practice these next few days first. We'll see if he's listed as a limited or full participant when the practice report is released.
Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to return in Week 5, according to ESPN.
Bradford will have missed the last three games after today, but it looks like he's getting close to returning. The Vikings' Week 5 game is next Monday night against the Bears, so that gives him an extra day to recover and get healthy for it. Today, the Vikings will go with Case Keenum for the third straight game as they take on the Lions in a big NFC North matchup. If Minnesota can pick up the win and improve to 3-1, they'd be an excellent position if they were able to get their starting quarterback against Chicago in Week 5.
Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (knee) will miss Week 4.
Head coach Mike Zimmer just made the announcement. After his excellent start to the season in a Week 1 win over the Saints, Bradford will now miss his third game in a row. Case Keenum will make this third straight start in a big NFC North matchup against the Lions. It's really a shame Bradford's knee is giving him so much trouble, but hopefully he's able to get over it once and for all in the coming weeks so he can lead his team for the rest of the season.
Sam Bradford (knee) won't practice today, but the team hopes he can play on Sunday.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said they're giving Bradford a day of rest but doing "everything we can" to get him ready for Sunday against the Lions. As Zimmer said, this is a "big game" in the NFC North against the Lions, so they obviously want to get Bradford out there. We'll see if he gets in a limited practice tomorrow or Friday.
Vikings QB Sam Bradford has no structural damage in his knee, according to multiple reports.
Bradford visited Dr. James Andrews to get a second opinion on his knee, and Dr. Andrews concurred that the quarterback does not have structural damage and it's just a bone bruise. Thankfully, Bradford is still week-to-week, which is a lot better than having to undergo season-ending surgery. He has already been ruled out against the Bucs, but hopefully he's able to get healthy for an NFC North matchup against the Lions in Week 4.
Sam Bradford (knee) has been ruled out for Week 3.
Being ruled out this early after being a game-time decision last week, plus reportedly seeking a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, isn't a good sign at all. It's entirely possible that Bradford is dealing with more than a bone bruise, despite head coach Mike Zimmer's statement that he was "fine." Hopefully the quarterback gets some good news, but the Vikings should be preparing for anything from an extended absence to a season-ending injury. It's also possible there is no structural damage and Bradford returns next week against the Lions, but it seems unlikely at this point. We'll provide an update on the situation.
Sam Bradford (knee) is not expected to play on Sunday, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano.
Graziano said that Bradford's knee didn't respond well to practice this week, so Minnesota will likely be without their quarterback for the second-straight week. If he is indeed inactive, this is obviously a downgrade to the entire offense, in particular Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Case Keenum would get the start again after throwing for just 167 yards against the Steelers in Week 3. We would consider Bradford highly questionable for next week against Detroit, as according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Bradford is getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on the injury. We might see Keenum in the lineup for a while longer, but hopefully the starter gets some good news from Dr. Andrews.
Sam Bradford (knee) was a limited participant in practice today.
He'll likely be limited again tomorrow, but it's a great sign he's able to practice some instead of just shutting it because of the knee. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Bradford is doing what he needs to do to play in the game, and it's obvious the team would like their starter out there against Tampa Bay. We'll see how Bradford is listed when the official injury report for the game is released tomorrow, but expect him to be questionable and a game-time decision.
Sam Bradford (knee) was officially a limited participant in practice today.
Bradford might end up being limited all week as they see if they can get him to Sunday healthy and ready to go against Tampa Bay. We might hear more tomorrow on how today's practice went for the Vikings quarterback.
Sam Bradford (knee) will practice today.
Bradford spoke to the media before practice and said he feels better and would like to think he has a good chance on playing this Sunday against the Buccaneers. He said whether he plays will depend on how the week goes, so we just need to hope things go well and the knee doesn't get worse. Bradford might end up being limited in practice as they see how the knee responds. The skill position players for the Vikings get a big boost if Bradford is able to play against the Buccaneers.
Mike Zimmer says Sam Bradford (knee) is "fine."
After today's loss to the Steelers, the Vikings head coach said "Sam is fine. He might play one game from now, he might play six weeks from now. Either way, he's fine." This is a bit peculiar but is sounds in line with the reports of Bradford having no ligament damage, but dealing with knee swelling and soreness. Bradford could be in a week-to-week situation where his availability comes down to his ability to move. He might be a game-time decision next week against the Bucs.
Jay Glazer reports Sam Bradford's knee issues is not a one week thing.
Glazer, who said this on "FOX NFL Sunday," knows as much as anyone and he says Bradford is having swelling and cartilage issues because he's had so many issues (two torn ACLs) in his left knee and that they'll have to manage this all season. This goes against a report from NFL Network that said Bradford is only expected to miss this week. Obviously, this isn't good for Bradford's outlook both long-term and for the rest of this season, but the good news is there is no ACL damage to Bradford's knee. The success of the Vikings will likely rely on Bradford's health, so hopefully he's able to get back on the field next week.
Vikings believe Sam Bradford will only miss one week, according to Ian Rapoport.
This would obviously be great for the Vikings, but it's certainly no lock given Bradford didn't look great while warming up today. He should be considered questionable for Week 3 against Tampa Bay.
Sam Bradford (knee) is inactive today against the Steelers.
The Vikings quarterback warmed up and threw a couple of soft tosses as shown on NFL Network, and it was very noticeable that he wasn’t moving around well at all—and barely attempted to. Bradford likely wants to play, but the Vikings aren’t going to put him out there if he’s much less than 100% and doesn’t give them the best chance to win or if the training staff doesn’t think he should be out there. It’s really unfortunate with the 29-year-old coming off one of the best games of his career and Minnesota having a difficult game in Pittsburgh. Case Keenum will start for the Vikings with Kyle Sloter backing him up. The skill position players for Minnesota get an obviously downgrade without Bradford, who hopefully will be able to get back to 100% for Week 3 next Sunday against the Buccaneers. There is obviously real concern about his knee, though—especially because it’s the left knee he tore his ACL in consecutive seasons in 2013 and 2014.
Adam Schefter reports Vikings QB Sam Bradford will be a game-time decision tomorrow.
According to Schefter, Bradford will work out pregame and then decide on if he will play. It sounds like this decision might not just come down to Bradford, as the Vikings could opt to sit him if they don't feel he'll give them a good chance to win at less than 100%. Hopefully Bradford can get out there and play well in a big game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. We'll know by 11:30 AM ET if Bradford will be active or not.
Sam Bradford (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Week 2.
The Vikings quarterback was only a limited participant in practice this week, but head coach Mike Zimmer says he thinks Bradford will be able to play against the Steelers. There is definitely some concern about the issue, as ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter reported Bradford had an MRI on the knee this week; there's especially concern because the offensive line of the Vikings, despite their great play in Week 1, could be shaky. Hopefully the o-line is able to keep Bradford upright and not allow the Steelers to get many hits on him. More than last season, Minnesota moved the pocket for Bradford off play-action, so they might scale that back a bit this Sunday with Bradford's knee issue.
Vikings have "guarded optimism but concern" about Sam Bradford's left knee injury, according to Adam Schefter per Chris Mortensen.
The injury required an MRI this week, and Bradford has been limited in practice, but we'd expect him to play on Sunday. Schefter's report via Mortensen could mean nothing, but it's worth keeping an eye on leading up to Sunday's matchup with Pittsburgh. If Bradford sits, it'd obviously be a huge downgrade for all Vikings pass catchers. Coming off a 346-yard, three-touchdown performance, Bradford is our #10 quarterback for Week 2 assuming he's active.
Sam Bradford (knee) was a limited participant in practice today.
This is the second-straight practice Bradford has been limited because of a knee injury. Ideally, he'd be out there for practice as a full participant, but there's no question he'll be out there on Sunday against the Steelers. Bradford is coming off a performance that led to him being named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the first week of the season.
Sam Bradford lights up the Saints in Vikings' Week 1 win.
Bradford was kept clean by the Vikings offensive line and showed his truly elite ability and accuracy. He carved up the Saints defense, going 27/32 for 346 yards and three touchdowns. The completion percentage is unbelievable, but a lot of it was on downfield shots and it also included a few drops. Bradford simply could not have played any better tonight, as the Vikings are off to a great start in 2017. After a full offseason, Bradford is comfortable in Pat Shurmur's offense and looks locked in. This was against the Saints, who struggled and had some break downs in coverage, but if he gets protection Bradford has a chance to put up QB1 numbers in 2017.
Vikings get shut out out in first half of third preseason game.
Minnesota struggled to get anything going against the 49ers, and a lot of it came down to the offensive line. They struggled to block the Niners and allowed pressure on quarterback Sam Bradford while also struggling to run block. Bradford was 17/21 for 134 yards while taking three sacks in the game. Despite the upgrades on the offensive line, things have looked more of the same as last season for much of this preseason. The Vikings aren't going to be where they want to be if the offensive line doesn't play well this season, and Bradford's fantasy upside is limited if he's getting pressured on every play.
Sam Bradford goes 7/11 for 95 yards in exhibition against the Seahawks.
Bradford and the Vikings starters played nearly two whole quarters before exiting the game. As usual, Bradford threw the ball accurately, including when he stepped into a deep throw to Stefon Diggs down the sideline when he knew he was going to get hit. Bradford and the rest of the starters might play into the second half in Thursday's third preseason game against San Francisco.
Vikings offensive line struggles in opening preseason game.
Quarterback Sam Bradford was 5/7 for 35 yards and was sacked twice in under a quarter of play. The offensive line was the big issue with this team last year, and the Vikings will struggle to emerge as an elite team in the NFC if they do not improve in that area. If Bradford gets time to throw, he's among the most lethal passers in the NFL and could become a solid fantasy option. Minnesota's offensive line is one of the biggest things to watch for the rest of the preseason.
Sam Bradford feels he's in a "much better situation this year."
The Vikings quarterback told Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune he's a lot more comfortable going through a full offseason with the team. This is not at all surprising, considering Bradford was traded from Philadelphia to Minnesota just a week before the season last year—that's difficult for any position, especially quarterback. Bradford also said he thinks the change to Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator in middle of last season helped him, as Shurmur previously coached him in both St. Louis and Philadelphia, and they are familiar with each other. The 29-year-old quarterback should benefit from the full offseason and upgrades to the offensive line. He's entering a contract year and could put up some big numbers this season after throwing for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five interceptions in 15 games after arriving with the team just before the season. Bradford is currently going undrafted in fantasy leagues.
Sam Bradford has earned the right to be the starting quarterback, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Bradford was tremendous for the Vikings, throwing for nearly 4,000 yards with a 20:5 touchdown-intercpetion ratio despite playing behind the worst offensive line in the league and not having an offseason to prepare. This is a unique situation in that Teddy Bridgewater (knee) will likely not be ready for the start of next season, and would miss almost all the offseason even if he was. Teddy B will be starting somewhere eventually when he gets healthy.
Sam Bradford sets NFL record for completion percentage.
Bradford was 25/33 for 250 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception as the Vikings topped the Bears 38-10. The former #1 overall pick was great in his first season in Minnesota, completing an NFL record 71.6% of his passes for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five interceptions--all while playing behind the worst offensive line in the league and a lack of weapons around him. There is a lot of talk that Bradford will be the starter in Minnesota no matter what Teddy Bridgewater's status is, and though we love Teddy B, that would be the right move. Bradford will be worth a look as a QB1 in 2017 with a full training camp under his belt.
Sam Bradford throws for 382 yards and 3 touchdowns in Week 16 loss against the Packers.
Bradford’s valiant effort was not enough to keep the Vikings in playoff contention heading into Week 17. Despite going 34/50 for 382 yards and three touchdowns, the Vikings offense could not keep pace with the Packers in the 38-25 loss. Despite the great great, Bradford is not someone to rely on heading into a meaningless Week 17 match against the Chicago Bears behind this Vikings offensive line.
Sam Bradford gets beat up, sacked five times by the Colts in Vikings blowout loss.
Bradford was 32/42 for 291 yards, one interception, and one lost fumble on a sack. Despite the Vikings offensive line issues, the game was expected to go the other way, with the Vikings getting after Andrew Luck, but the Vikings had zero sacks in the game. This was obviously a disappointing game for the Vikings and now they have only an outside chance of making the playoffs. Offensive line will obviously be a point of emphasis for the Vikings this offseason.
Sam Bradford helps lead Vikings to win over the Jags.
Bradford was 24/34 for 292 yards and a touchdown against Jacksonville. He even added a 15-yard run. Bradford pushed the ball down the field because he had time behind the offensive line and had 40+ yard completions to Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, and Stefon Diggs. The Vikings also threw the ball on a drive to ice the game instead of trying to run out the clock by running the ball and Bradford threw a short touchdown to Kyle Rudolph to lock the game up. Bradford is playing amazing football behind this offensive line and historically bad running game, but is not a great fantasy option. He's just a steady QB2.
Controversial no-call on potential game-tying two-point costs Bradford, Vikings.
After driving the Vikings downfield to cut the Cowboys' lead to 17-15, Bradford was clearly and obviously hit by a Dallas defender with both hands on a blow to the head--something the NFL has said repeatedly is a flag; the every-so clueless ref said he was hit in the neck. Bradford ended up going 32/45 for 247 yards and a touchdown, adding two rushes for 10 yards. Bradford left the game at the end of the first half after a vicious shot to the ribs, but returned for the start of the 3rd quarter. With the worst offensive line and no running game to speak of, Bradford has held up well with a 13:3 touchdown-interception ratio and a 97.5 quarterback rating. Still, he's not a recommended fantasy option next week against the Jaguars.
Bradford throws late interception in Vikings loss to Lions.
Bradford was 31/37 for 224 yards and an interception. Darius Slay made a great play and broke from the flat to get the interception with under a minute to go in the game. The Lions then kicked the game-winning field goal. Bradford completed 84.3% of his passes, but the Vikings couldn't get anything going down the field. Being without wide receiver Stefon Diggs didn't help things. The 6-5 Vikings will try to stop the 9-1 Cowboys next Thursday night.
Bradford helps end Vikings’ four game losing streak.
He was 20/28 for 169 yards and one touchdown. The TD came on the Vikings’ first drive and was a dime to Adam Thielen. Bradford has a 12:2 TD/INT ratio with a near-70% completion percentage. He’s not putting up fantasy numbers, though. You could do a lot worse than him this week against the Lions, however.
Bradford plays well again in Vikings Week 10 loss.
The Vikings have lost four straight after starting the season 5-0, but Bradford has played well throughout. Bradford was 31/40 for 307 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The interception came on a play where the edge rusher dropped back and made an athletic play to tip it to himself on a slant route. Mike Zimmer said that Bradford played outstanding. If the offensive line gives him time, Bradford will put up numbers. He has an 11:2 TD/INT ratio on the season and is completing 69.6% of his passes, but will be a QB2 in a tough matchup against the Cardinals this Sunday.