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Author: Jon Kuzma
If you watched Sam Bradford at the University of Oklahoma you know he was an elite quarterback at the collegiate level. Bradford threw for 50 touchdowns back in 2008 and that eventually led the former Sooner quarterback to be drafted number 1 overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2010 NFL Draft. Since entering the pros Sam Bradford has never really been able to find that confidence that propelled him to monumental heights like at Oklahoma. Bradford fizzled out with the Rams and was eventually traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015. After serving as the starter in Philadelphia for a year, Bradford was then traded to the Vikings and that’s where we are at now. Over that course of time, in which Sam Bradford has played 6 seasons. Bradford has never once thrown for over 21 touchdowns in an entire season. So at the collegiate level Bradford is elite and throwing 50 touchdown passes a year, he gets to the pros and he isn’t even putting half of that production. Not only that but Sam Bradford has never thrown for 4,000 yards in a season either and if you follow this website you know we just talked about Kirk Cousins throwing for 4,000 yards the past two years. That means younger quarterbacks are coming into the league and bypassing Sam Bradford’s capabilities. Which is not want you want to see if you’re a Vikings fan with high expectations going into the 2017 season. The good news for Sam Bradford though is the Vikings added a lot of talent around him. Mike Zimmer runs one of the best defenses in the league and Minnesota has added a bunch of quality players on the offensive side of the ball. Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook will give Bradford a ground game to lean on and the Vikings also picked up Michael Floyd recently. Those moves put the Vikings in a much better position than they were a year ago offensively and they should be a little bit better scoring wise. Still though you have to be worried about whether Sam Bradford himself can take that next step? If Bradford doesn’t rise to the occasion when the pressure is on there is no way the Vikings will be able to make a deep playoff run. So this season will be the truest test of Sam Bradford we’ve gotten so far and it’s really hard to see him becoming an elite player after failing to do so every year in the past.
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