Quarterback Sam Bradford knows the task he has to do when the Eagles traded him to the Minnesota Vikings. Rumors are swirling that Bradford will compete with Shaun Hill to get the starting place days leading to their season opener.
The Vikings lost starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater due to a non-contact injury that tore his ACL. With Bradford’s addition to their roster, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer postponed the naming of their starting quarterback.
Many thought Hill would take Bridgewater’s place but Zimmer wants to see how their new acquired thrower would fare in practice.
“It’s hard to explain exactly what it would be. Command of the offense. Understanding what we’re doing. Know where to go with the ball. Know the checks. I don’t know. Things change. It’s hard to say. I didn’t think my quarterback was going to hurt his knee in a non-contact drill on Tuesday. Things change. We’ll see how it goes,” Zimmer said.
Shaun Hill has a higher career QBR, YPA, & passer rating than Sam Bradford. Certainly not the only way to evaluate, but food for thought.
— Brian Burke (@bburkeESPN) September 5, 2016
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Bradford told ESPN that was able to adjust a bit during Monday’s practice. He admits that he is still getting his way around the Vikings offense and vows to work hard to cope with the needs of the team leading to Sunday’s match against the Titans.
“That’s the goal, you know, to progress to that point to where I feel comfortable enough to get out there and play [on Sunday] if I’m needed to,” Bradford said.
As the Vikings welcomed Bradford to their fold, Hill was unease upon hearing of the trade. He thought he was getting the starting gig after Bridgewater’s injury. Zimmer added that this week will be explosive for both Bradford and Hill as they compete for the starting place.
Bradford came expensive for the Vikings as they have to trade their 2017 second round pick and 2018 fourth round conditional pick to the Eagles.
Many questioned the move but Titans coach Mike Mularkey believes that Bradford will get the starting job. Mularkey stated that with Bradford’s experience back with the Eagles it is no brainer who will start for the Vikings.
Taking the starting job or not, Bradford stated that he will give his best to prove critics wrong. Bradford will show that his experience on the field will complement with the Vikings system.
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