Bradford participated in team drills during mandatory minicamp last week, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. Bradford took the next step in the plan aimed at keeping his health intact during the offseason program. The Cardinals conjured the schedule after the oft-injured quarterback was limited to two appearances in 2017 due to complications with his left knee, which underwent surgery Nov. 7. Between the conclusion of minicamp and the start of training camp, Bradford will continue to build up his strength and conditioning, at which point he expects to "be ready" July 28. Despite the presence of 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen, Bradford is favored to land the starting QB gig by Week 1.
Bradford is expected to increase his reps at mandatory minicamp next week, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "Today was a good day in terms of an operational day for us, and he didn't get any of that work," coach Steve Wilks said after Tuesday's OTA practice. "Next week, those are some of the things we are trying to get him in the mix." Since landing in Arizona earlier this offseason, Bradford's workload has been limited as a way to keep pressure off his surgically repaired left knee. In addition to Wilks' insistence that Bradford will enhance his profile in practice next week, the head honcho expressed confidence that the quarterback is "on schedule" and "feels real confident right now with how his knee feels." Bradford is the favorite to lock down the starting gig in August, but the arrival of 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen during the draft makes the situation a bit foggier than anticipated. Assuming Bradford is under center Week 1, he'll have stud skill-position players Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson at his disposal.
While he still expects Bradford to be the starting quarterback, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks noted that "every position is open for competition", Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports. "We got Sam to be our starting quarterback and I would still say that is the case," coach Steve Wilks said. "I'm very excited about Josh, what he can bring. Every position is open for competition." Wilks seems to be leaving the door open for Josh Rosen, who the Cardinals selected at No. 10 overall after trading up with the Raiders. The outcome was far from ideal for Bradford, as Rosen was once viewed as a likely top-five pick and possible Day 1 starter. Based on Wilks' comments, a training camp battle figures to ensue.
Bradford made some throws during the open portion of Thursday's minicamp practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. The Cardinals are proceeding slowly with Bradford in an effort to ensure he's fresh for the regular season. Coach Steve Wilks confirmed as much Thursday, telling Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic that the quarterback's limitations are intended to reduce wear and tear on his body. Bradford joined the organization in March after a campaign in which he made only two appearances for the Vikings due to a left knee injury and subsequent surgery, his third as a professional. Although the knee is healthy, according to Wilks, Bradford will continue to have a cap on his workload throughout the offseason program.
Bradford didn't throw Tuesday, which marked the first day of the Cardinals' voluntary minicamp, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports. Because the Cardinals experienced a coaching change this offseason, they were allowed to kick off their program earlier than those who did not. During the second week of workouts, new head honcho Steve Wilks said he would not "rush" Bradford early on, presumably with the quarterback's loaded medical chart in mind. In his most recent stop with the Vikings last season, Bradford missed all but two games due to an injured left knee, which underwent arthroscopic surgery Nov. 7. Fast-forward, and Wilks' statement came to fruition at Tuesday's practice. Expect limitations on Bradford's workload to continue into OTAs and potentially June's mandatory minicamp.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||@Los Angeles Rams||9||16.65|
|5||10/07||@San Francisco 49ers||27||21.00|
|8||10/28||San Francisco 49ers||27||21.00|
|10||11/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||20.41|
|12||11/25||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||14.50|
|13||12/02||@Green Bay Packers||31||22.06|
|16||12/23||Los Angeles Rams||9||16.65|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||68.6||2661||14||6||30||0||181|