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Sam Bradford | Quarterback | #8

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/8/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 224
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (1) / LAR
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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Sam Bradford has "earned the right to be the starting quarterback."
Bradford was always likely to be the Week 1 starter in 2017 with Teddy Bridgewater attempting to come back from a devastating knee injury, but there have been rumblings Bradford will keep the job even if Bridgewater is healthy. This comment seems to confirm those rumors. Bradford set an NFL record with a 71.6 percent completion rate this season behind a comically bad offensive line. With Bradford set to count $18 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, the Vikings will likely look to work out an extension this offseason. Jan 3 - 12:42 PM

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Sam Bradford completed 25-of-33 passes for 250 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Vikings' 38-10, Week 17 win over the Bears.

With that finish, Bradford set the single-season completion percentage record. His 71.6 completion rate tops Drew Brees' 71.2 mark from 2011. Brees previously held the top-three spots. Unlike Brees, however, Bradford was far from a playmaker at the position. Due to the Vikings' offensive-line issues all year long, Bradford was forced to dump everything down and throw quick-hitters to avoid constant pressure. Making 15 starts, Bradford appeared in the most games he's played since 2012. Therefore, he was able to set a new career-best with 3,827 yards passing and a strong 20:5 TD:INT rate. With Teddy Bridgewater (knee) questionable for the start of 2017, Bradford is expected to open next season as the Vikings' starter.
Jan 1 - 4:05 PM

ESPN reports the "conventional wisdom" is Sam Bradford will open 2017 as the Vikings' starting quarterback.

Teddy Bridgewater faces a steep climb to get back healthy in time for Week 1, but this report suggests Bradford will be the starter regardless of Bridgewater's health. Bradford has performed surprisingly well in a tough situation, and the Vikings may want to see what he can do with a full offseason in the system and an offensive line which would not be overmatched against good high school teams. Even if he opens the season as the starter, Bradford's history suggests Bridgewater will get his shot at some point as well.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 10:05:00 AM

Sam Bradford completed 34-of-50 passes for 382 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings' 38-25, Week 16 loss to the Packers.

He also lost a fumble. Comeback mode helped, but it was easily Bradford's best game as a Viking. Both the yards and scores were new 2016 highs. Bradford finally got some downfield action going, hooking up with Adam Thielen for an absurd 12/202/2 line. Bradford essentially picked up on the incremental progress he had been making before Adrian Peterson's disruptive Week 15 return. Bradford gets the Bears in Week 17 before an offseason of questions about whether he or Teddy Bridgewater will be the Vikings' 2017 starter.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:22:00 PM

Sam Bradford completed 32-of-42 passes for 291 yards and an interception in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Colts.

Bradford nearly threw a pick to a defensive lineman in the third quarter, but he was lucky it got negated by an unnecessary roughness penalty after the play. It's been one step forward, two steps back for Bradford almost all season. He'll be merely a two-quarterback-league consideration in Week 16 at Lambeau.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 04:26:00 PM

Sam Bradford (shoulder) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

Barring a setback, Bradford should be fine for Week 15. He'll be in play in two-quarterback leagues in a plus matchup against the Colts.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 03:07:00 PM

Sam Bradford (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

It's a new injury for Bradford, who last showed up on the injury report with an ankle issue two weeks ago. It shouldn't affect his status for Sunday's game against the Colts. Bradford has averaged over 37 pass attempts per game since Pat Shurmur took over as offensive coordinator prior to Week 9. He'll be useable in two-quarterback leagues against Indy.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 04:23:00 PM

Sam Bradford completed 24-of-34 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 14 win over the Jaguars.

He added 17 yards on four scrambles. This was one of Bradford's best games of the season against a stout Jacksonville pass defense that entered Week 14 having allowed just one opposing quarterback to exceed 275 passing yards. Bradford hit 40-plus-yard gains to Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, and Kyle Rudolph, and his touchdown was good to Rudolph from three yards out to seal the victory in the fourth quarter. Bradford will draw a weak Colts defense next, giving him appeal in two-quarterback leagues.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 04:54:00 PM

Sam Bradford completed 32-of-45 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 17-15, Week 13 loss to the Cowboys.

Awful line play, receivers not making plays, bad penalties on his teammates, missed calls by the refs: This one had all the usual Bradford alibis. They still couldn't obscure a simple truth: Bradford wasn't very good. Dinking and dunking like he was still with the 2010 Rams with OC Pat Shurmur, Bradford rarely threatened a thoroughly unimposing defense. He should have thrown an interception, but it was called back by a silly Cowboys penalty. Bradford did have a nice final drive with the Vikings desperately needing a touchdown, but it was the definition of too little, too late. Bradford doesn't scare opposing defenses. They sit and wait for him to check the ball down. Bradford won't be a recommended QB2 for next week's road trip to Jacksonville.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 11:43:00 PM

Sam Bradford (ribs) returned for the second half of Thursday's game against the Cowboys.

Bradford, who was in obvious pain and wincing on the sideline, apparently didn't even require medical attention of halftime. It's a bullet dodged for Minnesota's truly woeful offense.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 10:02:00 PM

Sam Bradford was forced from Minnesota's Week 13 game against the Cowboys with a ribs/side injury.

Bradford essentially got speared in the process of being sandwiched on a sack. He walked off the field gingerly, and was spotted wincing on the sideline. Shaun Hill quarterbacked the final two plays of the first half. Bradford's status will be updated after the break.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 09:46:00 PM

Sam Bradford (ankle) remained "limited" in Tuesday's practice.

The Vikings appear to simply be managing Bradford's reps. There's been no concern expressed over his Week 13 status. Even with Stefon Diggs (knee) likely returning, Bradford will be a bottom-barrel QB2 against the Keepaway Cowboys.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 02:33:00 PM

Sam Bradford (ankle) was limited in Monday's practice.

He was spotted with a "slight limp" in the locker room. Bradford must have picked up the issue in last Thursday's loss to the Lions, but he didn't miss a snap. He'll almost certainly be good to go against the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. Playing against a team that limits its opponent's volume, Bradford won't be a realistic QB2 against Big D.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 02:21:00 PM

Sam Bradford said he wants to push the ball downfield more often moving forward.

Bradford was efficient dinking and dunking against the Lions on Thanksgiving, but it did not lead to any offensive success. "I think schematically, that was just kind of how we decided to attack [the Lions]," Bradford said. "But I think after last week, we realized that we've got to be a little more balanced in how we go out there and do that." Bradford has actually been successful down the field this season, completing 53.1 percent of his throws which traveled 15 yards or more according to ESPN Stats and Info, but the offensive line has prevented the Vikings from taking many deep shots. Perhaps the Cowboys' limited pass rush will afford Bradford the time to push the ball downfield on Thursday.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 09:22:00 AM

Sam Bradford completed 31-of-37 passes for 224 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in the Vikings' 16-13, Week 12 loss to the Lions.

Like a slap hitter playing for infield singles, Bradford didn't pretend to challenge the Lions down the field. Playing behind a nonexistent offensive line — and "aided" by a typically nonexistent running game — Bradford was tasked with getting the ball out as quick as possible. It kept the chains moving between the 20s, but produced only one touchdown drive. Playing mistake free football for 59 minutes, Bradford then uncorked an awful, game-losing interception to Darius Slay, who ran Adam Thielen's route for him. It was a "Bradford in a nutshell" type of day. Bradford won't be on the QB2 radar against the Keepaway Cowboys in Week 13.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 03:49:00 PM