The Minnesota Vikings will have two new things in place today in their home opener, a brand new stadium, and hopes that new arrival Sam Bradford can save the team’s quarterback issues with Teddy Bridgewater gone for the season with a knee injury.
NFL scouts love Bradford’s ability, but injuries have kept him from growing into a top tier signal caller, something the Vikings are hoping they can change.
“I think they’re better off because (Bradford) gives them the long ball,” said the scout, via Packers News.
“Now that they have Bradford they’ll be able to throw some things down the field, stretch the seams, put a little pressure on a single-high safety. … I don’t know if I’d say Super Bowl, but I’d definitely say contend for the division and get deep into the playoffs.”
“He’s legit now, he can spin it,” NFL defensive coach said.
“Now, he’s not the most mobile guy. If you say what his biggest deficiency is, it’s that. But as far as throwing the football, he’s almost elite. As far as throwing it to a spot, getting it there to the wide side, long, deep throws, he’s legitimate. There’s a reason he was the first pick in the draft.
“Now, he’s never done it (i.e., had a good season), and he’s been in the league long enough where you’d think at some point you would have seen it. The injuries have been devastating. But I’ve watched him live, and he was impressive.”