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Sam Bradford | St. Louis Rams | QB

2012 Experience: 3rd Season

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Fantasy Football Outlook: After a productive rookie season under offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Sam Bradford regressed badly under new OC Josh McDaniels last year. Perhaps the great Greg Cosell summed up Bradford’s 2011 performance best in a November podcast (starts at 35:11) and I recommend you follow the link provided and listen in.

From what I saw on Game Rewind, Bradford did look out of sync, with his receivers and the offensive line clearly wasn’t helping him out. I would go as far as to say that Bradford even looked lost on the field, by seasons end.

All that put aside; I still believe Bradford will develop into a quality starter in the NFL, and I found it interesting that Bradford talked about how he felt McDaniels was taking on too much (was the OC and quarterbacks’ coach), which led to McDaniels putting aside Bradford’s work on mechanics, like foot-work.

This is just a side note, but perhaps that kind of coaching works with you have Tom Brady at quarterback (a veteran who can manage himself) but with a young player, it’s clearly important to work on those core building blocks.

Anyway, referring back to the article linked above, Bradford seems to be happy having an quarterback coach, and I do believe new OC Brian Schottenheimer has similarities (more short to intermediate passes) to Shurmur’s offense.

While Bradford doesn’t have a respectable offensive line, or receiving core, it will greatly benefit him to have more three to five-step drops and getting the football out quickly. This wasn’t always the case with McDaniels, as he would prefer to stretch the field more. Longer pass patterns means the offensive line needs to hold up, and your receivers must gain separation on those deep routes.

Don’t look to Bradford as a fantasy option this year, but at the same time, I expect him to be on fantasy rosters but seasons end. As long as the Rams do a good job of keep Bradford prepared for success, he should be fine.

Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Yards TD INT Yards TD
2012 Projected Stats 3,542 19 11 32 0
2012 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auction Values
Year Age G GS Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Y/G Rate Sk
2010 23 16 16 354 590 60.0 3512 18 15 219.5 76.5 34
2011 24 10 10 191 357 53.5 2164 6 6 216.4 70.5 36
Career 26 26 545 947 57.6 5676 24 21 218.3 74.2 70
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

After a productive rookie season under offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Sam Bradford regressed badly under new OC Josh McDaniels last year. Perhaps the great Greg Cosell summed up Bradford’s 2011 performance best in a November podcast (starts at 35:11) and I recommend you follow the link provided and listen in.

From what I saw on Game Rewind, Bradford did look out of sync, with his receivers and the offensive line clearly wasn’t helping him out. I would go as far as to say that Bradford even looked lost on the field, by seasons end.

All that put aside; I still believe Bradford will develop into a quality starter in the NFL, and I found it interesting that Bradford talked about how he felt McDaniels was taking on too much (was the OC and quarterbacks’ coach), which led to McDaniels putting aside Bradford’s work on mechanics, like foot-work.

This is just a side note, but perhaps that kind of coaching works with you have Tom Brady at quarterback (a veteran who can manage himself) but with a young player, it’s clearly important to work on those core building blocks.

Anyway, referring back to the article linked above, Bradford seems to be happy having an quarterback coach, and I do believe new OC Brian Schottenheimer has similarities (more short to intermediate passes) to Shurmur’s offense.

While Bradford doesn’t have a respectable offensive line, or receiving core, it will greatly benefit him to have more three to five-step drops and getting the football out quickly. This wasn’t always the case with McDaniels, as he would prefer to stretch the field more. Longer pass patterns means the offensive line needs to hold up, and your receivers must gain separation on those deep routes.

Don’t look to Bradford as a fantasy option this year, but at the same time, I expect him to be on fantasy rosters but seasons end. As long as the Rams do a good job of keep Bradford prepared for success, he should be fine.

Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Yards TD INT Yards TD
2012 Projected Stats 3,542 19 11 32 0

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

It looks like the Rams have found another star quarterback in Sam Bradford as the former No.1 overall pick made good in his rookie season but starting every game and almost leading them to the playoffs. With the addition of OC Josh McDaniels, Bradford’s future is even brighter as we’ve seen McDaniels find great success in the passing game with the Patriots and Broncos.

This off-season Josh’s brother is allegedly teaching Bradford the new playbook, so he can get up to speed before the lockout ends. While the Bradford and the Rams passing offense are still developing, this young quarterback is already fantasy relevant and makes for a respectable backup in ten team leagues this season.

Assuming Bradford continues to mature and doesn’t fall into a Sophomore slump, he could be a weekly starter in many leagues by seasons end. Simply put, the future is bright for Bradford, and if you have him in a keeper league you will enjoy this kid for the next decade.

8/2011 Update - It looks like the Rams are going to balk on bringing back Mark Clayton (still has a bad knee) as they signed Mike Sims-Walker to a one year deal. If Sims-Walker actually takes playing seriously he will help Bradford this season. In the end, the Rams have a million receivers so look to the quarterback as a nice backup for your fantasy football team.

Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Yards TD INT Yards TD
2011 Projected Stats 3,996 23 16 71 0

2010 Preview

Sam Bradford is officially a St. Louis Rams as the team selected him with the first overall pick. Now, if Bradford is to have success he will need the offensive line to improve. Thankfully the team did bring in talent for the o-line last offseason and now it needs to gel.

2010 Fantasy Football Outlook

College / 2010 NFL Draft: Sam Bradford’s final year with Oklahoma was a nightmare as he suffered a shoulder injury early against BYU and then was reinjured later in the year. Many wondered if his draft value would be hurt because of this injury but Bradford was still the top pick in the draft.

Going to the Rams it will be interesting to see if Bradford will be a success as this team has many holes.

Audio: QB Sam Bradford | 2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings

2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: As we are in June OTA’s the Rams aren’t giving Bradford snaps with the first team as A.J. Feely is seeing all the work. This is a clear sign that the Rams are more than likely going to use Feely as the starter to begin the season.

Since the Rams offensive line is still gelling and the passing game talent is much to be desired this is a good thing. Especially when you consider Bradford could use this time early on to learn and get his ailing shoulder stronger. By seasons end, I’m sure Bradford will be the teams starting quarterback.

For fantasy, he is only worth having in keeper leagues that have rookie drafts, and you can retain his rights. It’s going to take a couple years before Bradford is ready to make a respectable fantasy impact.

Assets

- Great Talent

- Accuracy

Liabilities

- Shoulder Concerns

- Bad Talent In The Passing Game

- Offensive Line Needs To Play Better


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