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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

2 vs GB 58 22 31 286 2 0 1 -3 0 0 22
3 at CAR 54 18 28 171 1 0 2 -2 0 0 12.35
4 vs NYG PROJ-Dodds * 22 32 * * * 2 * * * *
4 vs NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 19 30 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 taken for X-rays (Sun Sep 18, 09:16 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford (hand) was taken to the locker room for X-rays in the second quarter of the Week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers due to a hand injury.

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Vikings | Sam Bradford on track to play (Sat Sep 17, 04:34 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford is expected to start against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 after receiving all of the snaps with the first-team offense during practice this week.

Our View: We're not heavily invested in the Vikings passing attack. With Bradford at the helm, we'll be curious to see which -- if any -- WR he prefers.
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Vikings | Sam Bradford expected to start (Thu Sep 15, 11:15 AM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford is expected to start in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers. Bradford has been adept at learning the offense, and head coach Mike Zimmer may not announce it or inform the team because the news came out that QB Shaun Hill would start last week.

Our View: After the blanket of mediocrity that was Shaun Hill, we knew this was coming. If he knew one play and that play was "hey Diggs, run to the fire hydrant and turn in," that would still be an improvement over Hill. We still wouldn't have coughed up a first for him, but now that they have him, Bradford should be the guy. That said, we wouldn't go near him this week—even if the Packers don't blast him, his playbook is going to be limited.
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Vikings | Sam Bradford takes all first-team reps (Thu Sep 15, 12:25 AM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford took all of the first-team snaps in practice Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Our View: After watching Shaun Hill muddle his way through a mediocre win for the Vikings, we assumed that no matter how few plays Bradford knew, he would be starter. They could just run Wing T and it's better than what Hill gave them. We're not starting Bradford against Green Bay Sunday night though.
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