Tag:Sam Bradford
Posted on: September 4, 2010 3:20 pm
 

Some starting quarterback news

Posted by Andy Benoit

Busy day with all the cuts, but we’ll take a quick second to get squared away on two pieces of quarterback news:

1. The Rams, as expected, have named Sam Bradford their starter. A.J. Feeley is the backup. Keith Null has been released.
 
2. More unexpected is that the Steelers seem to be learning towards starting Charlie Batch in Week 1. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Batch could go from No. 4 to No. 1 on the depth chart. (How many times in the history of quarterbacking has that happened?)

"You look back, we had three solid guys who were able to go in, step in, if needed," Batch told Bouchette. "Now we're down to two. Over the weekend, they'll determine what's going to happen. Either way, I'll be ready to go.

"I feel good, I really do. Did the reps at training camp happen? No, but we're not in training camp anymore. Right now we're getting ready for Atlanta and we have the weekend and another seven days to get ready for them. At that point, whatever happens, happens. But either way, over this weekend, we'll start the preparation of getting the game plan together. I'll be ready to go either way."

Batch has always been a stable veteran. He’s basically Dennis Dixon minus the athleticism but also minus the callowness.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 9:28 am
 

Hot Routes 8.28.10: Good News, Bad News

Posted by Will Brinson

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Fellow Blogger Fantasy Football League member (and Football Outsiders overlord as well as a really swell guy) Aaron Schatz got the hook-up from the NFL to show the official video of the NFL's rule changes . Check it.

Just how important is DeSean Jackson to the Eagles? Well, as the Eagletarian mentions , the offense went to a pile of mess when Jackson left with injury, so that should be a good clue. Of course, maybe it was just Kansas City's, um, vaunted defense? Not good times.

The Finsider points out that it's "good news-bad news" re: the Dolphins starting cornerbacks. Vontae Davis was "outstanding" while Jason Allen "proved … he is not an NFL starting cornerback." Harsh words, but it's important, especially if you're one of those idiots who picked the Dolphins to finish ahead of the Jets in the AFC East. /raises hand

One of my favorite interwebs spots, Cat Scratch Reader, notes that the third preseason game enerally provides a good indication as to how well the Panthers will do in the coming season.

The Rams have to be pleased with everything outside of the loss of Donnie Avery -- Turf Show Times says that the play of Jason Smith and Roger Saffold, for different reasons, is also encouraging, particularly in relation to how the combination of "Sam Bradford + Saffold" >>>>> "Russell Okung + Jimmy Clausen." Or something.

Some mildly tangential football news, in that Dan Steinberg discusses where Stephen Strasburg's injury stacks up against the all-time worst for DC Sports -- the chief comparison is that of Joe Theismann when Lawrence Taylor wrecked his life and forced us into bad football broadcasting and, eventually, a crappy movie rendition of a great Michael Lewis book.

Well, well, la-ti-da. Doesn't Chicago just have sooooo many trophies from professional sports teams ? Actually, as the only town to own all four major trophies over the past 25 years, all the owners got together and had a big party where they made fun of the Cubs and then cracked jokes about whether or not anyone would bother hiring Lovie Smith next season.

Our old pal SbB brings to light information that should totally remind everyone in Los Angeles: UR NOT GETTIN' OUR SOUTHERN FOOTBALL. Actually, Brooks ends the post optimistically, but let me tell you what, if they take football from Jacksonville, Thanksgivings are going to be REALLY awkward for my family. No offense, cousins and such.

Zerkle's rundown of Peyton Manning's issues with the umpire is worth it if only for the Madden '11 photoshop.

Haters gonna hate all they want, but Gregg Rosenthal still managed to work up a positive piece about LaDainian Tomlinson at PFT. It's logical too, because, well, as much we all suddenly want LdT to fail miserably, the good news is that he's not as awful as Willie Parker. Careers fade fast when you're from Clinton, NC, son.
Posted on: August 28, 2010 12:22 am
Edited on: August 28, 2010 10:30 am
 

Should Rams target Vincent Jackson?

Posted by Will Brinson

It's a question that has to be reasonably asked, particularly after news broke on Friday evening that Donnie Avery -- the closest thing St. Louis had to a No. 1 wideout -- will miss the entire 2010 season .

It's at least worth considering for a number of reasons. First of all, Jackson, for all his off-field issues, grew into a premiere wideout with Philip Rivers and could potentially do the same with Sam Bradford, if the Rams could justify spending upwards of $10 million a year on him.

The justification there is that you don't want to be forced into lobbing a $50 million investment onto the field with no one to throw to; and honestly, Bradford/Steven Jackson/V-Jax at least has the beginnings of a pretty formidable offensive core, especially if Roger Saffold and Jason Smith can develop.

Secondly, the Rams would at least seem like a team that the Chargers might be interested in talking trade with -- it's likely that their second-rounder (the reported pick needed to swap for Jackson) would be high-value enough to warrant making the swap, and it's hard to make a case for why San Diego wouldn't be willing to speak with St. Louis, who resides in the same division as Seattle, a team that DID get the opportunity to talk with Jackson's agent Neil Schwartz about a deal.

Jeff Gordon of STL Today makes a solid point too : new Rams' owner Stan Kroenke might be willing to pony up some cash on his new franchise. After all, if you have the equivalent of a really expensive Hyundai in his garage right now -- if you're gonna drop that kind of coin on a semi-decent-but-potentially-lame car, why not going ahead and throw some rims on that puppy?

Jackson, of course, will miss at least three games during the regular season, and that's kind of a nightmare. But no one's expecting the Rams to win the Super Bowl, much less contend in the NFC West, so in the long-term, those three games aren't dealbreakers, especially if you can leverage Jackson's issues into a contract with plenty of incentives.

With Jackson seeming quite willing to sit out the entire season in San Diego and lose a year towards free agency, there's no reason to think he'd be upset about having to take roughly 10 paces backwards in terms of pursuing a championship, particularly if it meant he got paid.

And yes, you can expect to read a "[NFL Team] should go after Vincent Jackson" piece every time someone loses their top wideout for the majority/all of the season. With Jackson's status, that's just how things are going to roll.

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 6:15 pm
 

Rams say Avery done for year; no QB starter yet

Posted by Will Brinson

Donnie Avery was carted off after hitting his knee on the turf while trying to make a catch during the Rams-Patriots preseason game on Thursday and we mentioned last night that reports were surfacing that Avery could be out for the year.

Turns out, the worst case news is now official -- the Rams' Twitter account announced the news via head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

"WR Donnie Avery has torn ACL, will wait a little for surgery. He's out for the season."

@OneRamsWay later tweeted that "A.J. Feeley out again this week. Spagnuolo says Bradford will start again."

They did add, though, that Bradford's time would be more limited than it was against the Patriots and that the team is "not ready to make a decision on a starting QB right now."

While Bradford's strong performance certainly helps make the potential decision to throw him into the fire easier, the loss of Avery also makes it a little bit harder (presuming, of course, that they want him to have the best available opportunity to succeed).

Provided that Bradford can play as well against the Ravens next Thursday as he did against the Rams, though, it's going to be pretty tough to keep him on the bench for what amounts to an easy opening slate for St. Louis.

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 12:03 pm
 

Hot Routes 8.27.10: we talkin' 'bout practice

Posted by Andy Benoit

Clinton Portis is getting props for his new dedication to practice. Funny what the sense of being in your twilight can do for your work ethic.

Dez Bryant is running routes for the first time since injuring his ankle.

Giants Pro Bowl center Shaun O’Hara is out two weeks due to soreness and swelling in left ankle/Achilles. Is this a chronic injury that could follow the 11th-year veteran all season?

Sam Bradford lit it up as the starter in St. Louis’s third preseason game. So that means he’ll be under center in Week 1, right? Probably, though don’t expect Steve Spagnuolo to confirm that just yet.

Something that stood out in the Packers-Colts game was the way Green Bay’s veteran offensive tackles, Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, handled Indy’s speed-rushing ends, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Very impressive.

Rhett Bomar could soon challenge Jim Sorgi for the No. 2 quarterback job in New York.

Hugh Jackson talked about the Raiders offense that he’s now in charge of.

Kudos to Marc Bulger for his charitable work to help service men and women.

The Bills aren’t revealing their quarterback rotation for Saturday’s game just yet, though we know that Trent Edwards is the starter. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm have been competing for the top backup job.

Jason Taylor talks about his frustrating time in Washington.


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Posted on: August 26, 2010 10:01 pm
 

QBs blowing up on Thursday night, Avery hurt

Posted by Will Brinson

We tweeted earlier wondering who would have the best numbers between Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning.

Rodgers won the battle (but not by much), throwing up a monster first half line, going 21/29 with 195 yards and 3 TDs. Manning wasn't exactly bad though, going 13/23 with 199 yards, 2 TDs and an interception.

Elsewhere (well, in New England, actually), Tom Brady and Sam Bradford are having a decent little night of their own.

Brady went 10/12 for 175 yards and 2 TDs including a 65-yard bomb to Randy Moss; Brady also "lost" a series when Brandon Tate took the opening kickoff 97 yards to the house.

Bradford, in what amounts to an audition for the Rams' starting job, looked superb while going 15/22 for 189 yards and 2 TDs. (Of course, ex-Duke guy Thaddeus Lewis had, as of this writing, ripped the Pats for 74 yards and a TD, so maybe it's a defensive thing.)

Bad news hit for the Rams, though, when Donnie Avery left on a cart after a nasty knee injury.

We'll keep you updated on that as we find out more.
Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:05 pm
 

Sam Bradford to start Thursday

Posted by Andy Benoit

With A.J. Feeley dealing with a right thumb and elbow injury after St. Louis’s preseason win over Cleveland, Sam Bradford will get the start against New England on Thursday. Feeley was seen on the practice field Monday but isn’t expected to play this week.

Also, in other Rams news, Pro Football Talk reports that former Rams defensive tackle Claude Wroten has been reinstated by the NFL after serving a minimum one-year substance abuse suspension that wound up lasting almost two years. Wroten was a third-round pick in 2006; he was suspended in 2008.

And, since we’re already knee-deep in Rams content here, we’ll go ahead and mention that Stan Kroenke could get approved for Rams ownership this Wednesday.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:49 am
 

Hot Routes: No Favre here whatsoever

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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-Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com has a nice breakdown of how well the 49ersfirst-team offense and first-team defense played in their 15-10 win vs. the Vikings on Sunday. Most impressive on defense was LB Patrick Willis, who had four tackle on just nine snaps played. Most impressive on offense was QB Alex Smith, who completed 5 of 6 passes and completed all three of his third-down attempts on San Francisco’s opening drive.

-The Minneapolis Star Tribune is already looking forward to Saturday’s third preseason game against Seattle. It’s because, like most every team when it heads into the third exhibition of the year, the starters likely will play into the third quarter.

-San Diego allowed disgruntled Vincent Jackson to speak with Seattle’s representatives, but Michael Lombardi of NFL.com thinks that might have been a bad idea.

-With Rams QB A.J. Feeley injured, don’t be surprised if No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford gets the start in the team’s third preseason game Thursday at New England. Feeley is thought to have a sprained thumb, but he underwent an MRI Sunday to better determine the damage.

-With Michael Matthews turning his ankle in practice Sunday, the Bills are down to just one tight end . That lucky man is Jonathan Stupar. Expect Buffalo to take a look at the free agent market.

-Apparently, New York Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson loves playing in the preseason. I mean, he absolutely LOVES it . Which is probably news to everybody in the NFL.

-With the return of Patriots WR Wes Welker and Seahawks RB Leon Washington from gruesome leg injuries, Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated discusses Gale Sayers’ shot knees and the pain tolerance the Bears legendary RB has. Pretty awesome/gruesome stuff there.

-Cowboys S Gerald Sensabaugh will miss the rest of the preseason and his status for Dallas’ season-opener is in question because of a subluxation in his shoulder.

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