Rams fans can start buzzing. They may be in the toughest division in Football in the NFC West, but their young quarterback is just as good as the rest. He threw 9 of 12 for 101 yards with a touchdown. And he’s just getting warmed up.
“Anybody that had questions about Sam’s condition, his physical condition, I think they were answered,” coach Jeff Fisher said, via ESPN’s NFL Nation. “I was very pleased with his performance in the brief amount of time that he played. You see he had the fastball and the great throw to Brian [Quick] and also to Lance. I’m happy with his game. I know he’s excited that thing is clearly behind him now and we’ll move forward. That was encouraging.”
Bradford’s career arc has mirrored that of fellow former first-overall selection Matthew Stafford. Both were unable to stay on the field. Bradford has played two full season (2010, 2012) but missed a total of 15 games in 2011 and 2013. He’s shown that he is a capable starter — so long as he’s capable of staying on the field. Saturday nights performance affirmed that.
Bradford’s probably not thinking about it, but his first step towards becoming the NFL’s next elite quarterback was simple. He needed to prove he could take a hit.
“I knew I was going to take a hit or two today, that’s just part of the game,” Bradford said. “But it’s always nice to get that first one under your belt knowing that everything is going to be OK.”
One down, hundreds more to go.