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QB Sam Bradford - Minnesota Vikings

6-4, 236Born: 11-8-1987College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs NYG 74 26 36 262 1 0 4 6 0 0 17.7
5 vs HOU 74 22 30 271 2 0 2 -2 0 0 21.35
7 at PHI 76 24 41 224 1 1 1 -1 0 2 10.1
8 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 21 34 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 5 vs HOU (22 / 30 / 271 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Bradford got into a rhythm early Sunday, hitting three of his first four passes, including a 36-yard touchdown to Adam Thielen. On that play, Thielen threw a nice double-move on Houston cornerback Jonathan Joseph, getting wide open for Bradford to deliver a strike to him for a score. Consistent and smooth throughout the day, Bradford was able to shift down the throttle in the second half, throwing just a dozen passes with the Vikings well in the lead. He wasn't idle, though, and threw his second touchdown to Cordarrelle Patterson early in the fourth quarter. It was the sort of throw which Bradford has executed a lot in Minnesota--a pass where his receiver had to make a play, but Bradford clearly trusted he would. Lately that target has been Kyle Rudolph, but this time it was Patterson. While the receiver was pretty well covered, Bradford still threw the pass, and Patterson had to aggressively go after the ball to make the catch. But Bradford clearly knows his guys can and will do that--even a player like Patterson who was almost invisible prior to last week. We have to wonder if that trust also allows Bradford to stand in the pocket and deliver a completion as he gets hammered, as he was on a Jarius Wright pass at the end of the first quarter. Bradford knows his guys will leave it all out on the field, and clearly is willing to do the same. Overall, Bradford's Sunday was very impressive considering the Houston Texans are a tough defense even without JJ Watt and the Vikings offense was without Stefan Diggs and with a banged up Kyle Rudolph. Bradford is completely comfortable in this offense and as the offensive line is blocking well for him, he's producing very good games.

2016 Week 4 vs NYG (26 / 36 / 262 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 6 / 0 rush)

Increasingly comfortable in this offense, Sam Bradford has found his rhythm with the receivers on the Vikings and really spread the ball out on Monday, hitting nine different players throughout the evening including forgotten guys like Cordarrelle Patterson and Charles Johnson. Bradford isn't working with a limited playbook and, in fact, it seems as if the playbook has opened up more in general by adding guys like Patterson back in. This is still a Norv Turner offense, though, which means it likes to dink and dunk a bit and runs almost as much as it passes (33 run plays versus 36 passing plays). The Vikings play the short and intermediate game and then mix in some deep shots on occasion. He was three-of-four on throws over 20 yards per Pro Football Focus' Monday night grades, and while he overthrew receivers on occasion, Bradford continues to look good in this offense. Probably the one pass he'd like back the most was a fade to tight end Kyle Rudolph in the first quarter. The Giants were confused on coverage, and briefly there wasn't even anyone on Rudolph but Bradford didn't get the snap off quickly enough to take advantage, then he threw the ball just off target. Bradford also got better-than-usual blocking Monday night, and that gave him plenty of time to hit his marks. His one touchdown came in the second quarter on a 7-yard completion to--for the third game in a row--Kyle Rudolph. On the play, Bradford had plenty of time to wait for Rudolph to complete his route, which he did with precision to get the inside space on the defender. Bradford easily hit him for the score.

2016 Week 3 vs CAR (18 / 28 / 171 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

The Carolina Panthers came out hard at Sam Bradford, and he struggled in the first half behind a bad offensive line. Bradford was hit repeatedly early on as the Panthers pass rush was too much for the blocking on the line and by the running backs. That all changed at the start of the third quarter. The offensive line still struggled at times, but they were more consistent overall and the backs did a better job on their blocks as well. With time, Bradford looked very comfortable once again in this offense, trusted his receivers to make plays and moved the ball down the field efficiently. He capped his first drive of the second half with a very nice pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph. While Rudolph was covered, Bradford was confident enough in his receiver to throw the ball anyway and let Rudolph make the play, which he did. Bradford was 14 of 17 in the second half and the Carolina Panthers had no way to slow he and the passing offense down.

2016 Week 2 vs GB (22 / 31 / 286 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)

The good news is, Sam Bradford looked much better than what you would expect for a guy who has had a playbook for about two weeks. Overall he looked sharp, was accurate and seemed to be in sync with Stefon Diggs, who had a huge day because of it. Unfortunately, the Vikings offensive line continues to struggle and Bradford was under some sort of pressure on half of the 35 drop-backs he was on. Bradford did throw for two nice touchdowns on the day. The first was an 8-yard pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph late in the first half. On the play, Rudolph drove safety Morgan Burnett off the line and into the end zone before cutting towards the back corner. Bradford was under pressure, but got the ball out quickly and placed it to the outside shoulder of his tight end, where the defender couldn't get to it. The second touchdown pass was to Diggs, late in the third quarter with the Vikings up 10-7. On the play, Bradford was again under pressure as defensive tackle Mike Daniels slipped through the line. The quarterback saw Diggs gaining separation though, and uncorked 25-yard pass right into Diggs' hands in the end zone. Bradford did give his new team a scare when his non-throwing hand smashed into Clay Matthews' helmet. After heading into the locker-room for X-Rays, Bradford returned to the game. His pinky and wrist were swollen but it does not seem to be an injury the Vikings are concerned with.


Latest News

Vikings | Sam Bradford struggles against PHI (Sun Oct 23, 04:35 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford struggled against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Sunday, Oct. 23. Bradford was 24-for-41 for 224 yards and one touchdown but was sacked six times and committed three turnovers in a 21-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Our View: The turnover-marred game was positively un-Bradford like as the Eagles defense showed they can still be the near-elite unit we saw the first three weeks. Next week they go to Dallas to try to shut down Ezekiel Elliott, while Bradford has a bounceback game against Chicago.
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