Sam Bradford STL -QBneeds more help
Rams HC Jeff Fisher seemed to suggest that QB Sam Bradford was negatively impacted by his supporting cast this past year. “His play was directly affected by the people around him," Fisher said. "There’s times when it’s difficult to step up in the pocket and make the good throw. That’s not the quarterback’s fault. That’s whatever’s going on out front. We’re pleased with what Sam did. He’s got an exciting future." The Rams allowed 35 sacks in 2012 -- 14th in the NFL. That was down from a league-high 55 the previous year. But digging deeper, only 9 QBs were under pressure more often than Bradford this past season, according to Pro Football Focus. St. Louis' offensive line still needs some work. They also need to bolster the pass-catching corps if Bradford is going to become a viable fantasy starter. We'll see what they get done in free-agency and the draft.
Sam Bradford STL -QBmight have rib injury
Rams QB Sam Bradford was driven to the ground on a Dont'a Hightower sack and stayed down holding the area just beneath the left side of his rib cage. He left the field, but the Rams called a timeout to get him back on the field without missing a play. Sometimes pain can develop from rib injuries after the day the damage occurs. Bradford's status will be worth checking on this week.
Sam Bradford STL -QBmight need ankle surgery after season
Jason La Canfora hears from Rams sources that QB Sam Bradford might need surgery on his troublesome ankle after the season. "His ankle is not 100 percent, he is still battling soreness from the ligaments being stretched, and managing him through this condition will remain a daily chore for the Rams and their training staff," La Canfora writes. Not what you wanna hear before the season even starts. The ankle problem is just another issue for Bradford, in addition to a shaky offensive line and unproven WR corps. He's just a low-end fantasy backup.
Sam Bradford STL -QBlooking to get ball out quicker
The Rams are looking for QB Sam Bradford to get the ball out of his hands quicker in new OC Brian Schottenheimer's offense. "It's part of my job to help the protection and get the ball out of my hands and make sure that, even if it's not a sack, I'm eliminating the unnecessary hits," Bradford said. He was sacked 36 times in 10 games last season, and often looked skittish in the pocket. St. Louis clearly didn't have the personnel up front or out wide to run OC Josh McDaniels' vertical passing attack. Schottenheimer is installing more of a West Coast Offense -- like the one Bradford had so much success in back in 2010. The former #1 overall pick should bounce back after a dreadful 2011 campaign, but it's tough to see him threatening QB1 territory. His offensive line and WR corps are still well below average.
Sam Bradford STL -QBankle still not at 100%
Rams QB Sam Bradford admits that the sprained ankle that plagued him most of last season still isn't back to 100%. "I would say there's still days where it's not 100 percent, but I really haven't had any major setbacks," he said. "It seems to be getting better every week. I'm hoping by the time training camp gets here that it'll really be a non-factor." Bradford turned in a similar report back in May, and it's unclear how much progress he's made since then. It's worrisome that the ankle is still bothering him after a full offseason. We'll be keeping a close eye on it during preseason action.
Sam Bradford STL -QBankle still sore
Rams QB Sam Bradford admits that his left ankle is still giving him trouble. "It's getting there," he said. "It seems to feel better every week. There's less soreness, more things I can do. I think it's definitely on the right track." Bradford originally suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 6. He missed the next 2 games and was bothered by the ankle for the next couple months before sitting out the season's final 3 contests. Bradford wrapped up his rehab in March, but the fact that the ankle is still sore is definitely cause for concern. We'll keep a close eye on him this summer, although we're not real excited about Bradford's 2012 fantasy prospects. Besides the ankle, he's still working with a sub-par group of WRs and has another new offense to learn.
Sam Bradford STL -QBlikes new offense
Rams QB Sam Bradford is learning his 3rd new offense in 3 years. But he's a fan of new OC Brian Schottenheimer's system, likening it to the Pat Shurmur offense that helped Bradford win Rookie of the Year back in 2010. "I like the offense that we're running this year," Bradford said. "It's more similar to two years ago than to last year. There is some carryover, so I am somewhat familiar with it, which makes it nice trying to learn it again." Bradford completed 60% of his passes for 3,512 yards and 18 TDs in 2010 before regressing across the board last year. We're expecting him to bounce-back this season, but he needs more weapons to become a fantasy starter.
Sam Bradford STL -QBadored by Jeff Fisher
New Rams head coach Jeff Fisher proclaimed on ESPNs Mike and Mike in the Morning that he believes Sam Bradford is capable of becoming the best QB in football. “There’s no doubt,” Fisher said. “There’s a number of friends of mine in the league that know the league, and I had one of them tell me during the process that they thought Sam may be one of the better quarterbacks — or the best quarterback — in the league, he just hasn’t had a chance to prove it yet. That weighed very heavily in my opinion. Very, very impressive player. I think he has a tremendous upside.” Bradford’s upside was evident when he captured Rookie of the Year honors in 2010. But a diminished supporting cast, coupled with injury woes, derailed his sophomore campaign. St. Louis will need to upgrade their weapons in order for Bradford to emerge from QB2 territory.
Sam Bradford STL -QBankle back to 100%
Rams QB Sam Bradford is back to 100% after suffering a high-ankle sprain last October. "Sam finished his rehab probably about a month ago," HC Jeff Fisher said. "The ankle lingered a little bit in the offseason. He's in good shape now. In talking with the trainer, he's cleared and ready to throw the ball a little bit." Bradford missed 6 of last season's final 11 games and completed just 54% of his passes after suffering the injury. He'll be better this year, but it's tough to call a breakout season with a weak WR corps and a new offense to learn.
Sam Bradford STL -QBinactive
As expected, Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle) is inactive for today's game against the 49ers. QB Kellen Clemens will start but is nowhere near a fantasy option.
Sam Bradford STL -QBdoubtful for Week 17
Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle) was unable to practice all week and is doubtful for Sunday's game against the 49ers. QB Kellen Clemens will get another start but should be far, far away from fantasy lineups.
Sam Bradford STL -QBlikely done for the year
ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that the Rams will likely shut down QB Sam Bradford for the rest of the season to let his high-ankle sprain heal. We're still wondering why they kept throwing him back out there at less than 100% when their season was over back in November. With QB A.J. Feeley (thumb) out indefinitely, it'll likely be the Kellen Clemens show in St. Louis over the final 3 weeks. It's awful news for WR Brandon Lloyd.
Sam Bradford STL -QBruled out for Week 15
Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle) has been ruled out for today's game against the Bengals. He aggravated that high-ankle sprain last Monday night and was unable to practice all week. Recently-signed Kellen Clemens will make his 1st start since 2009. It figures to be ugly. Brandon Lloyd is a shaky WR3 play.
Sam Bradford STL -QBankle "going backwards"
Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. He later admitted that the ankle is "going backwards" and "very sore." Bradford was obviously hobbled last Monday night. At this point, we're not sure why the Rams are throwing him out there at less than 100%. Consider him 50-50 to play against the Bengals this weekend.
Sam Bradford STL -QBactive, starting
Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle) is active and will start tonight's game against the Seahawks. He didn't practice at all during the week and only got a limited workout in on Saturday. He's nowhere near 100%, but the team is pushing him out there with QB A.J. Feeley (thumb) unavailable. Bradford is a risky fantasy option without much upside. If you still have your QB slot open, we'd rather roll with Tarvaris Jackson tonight.
Sam Bradford STL -QBexpected to play Week 14
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Rams expect QB Sam Bradford (ankle) to start tonight's game against the Seahawks. Bradford hardly practiced at all this week and will be at far less than 100%. He's not a fantasy option, although his availability is good news for WR Brandon Lloyd.
Sam Bradford STL -QBvery limited in practice
Rams QB Sam Bradford practiced Saturday, but was limited to “light work” according to the team’s official Twitter page. The Rams remain hopeful that he’ll play, though Tom Brandstater remains the favorite to start Monday night against Seattle. It’s a situation to avoid for fantasy purposes.
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