For however long he stays healthy and holds off rookie Josh Rosen, Sam Bradford will steer the Arizona Cardinals offense. It probably won't be very long. In his past 31 games, Bradford has posted 20-plus Fantasy points 10 times. That's not good. It's also not good Bradford has played those 31 games over his last four NFL seasons! Tack on a tepid receiving corps in Arizona and Rosen's arrival, and Bradford has no Fantasy appeal. Frankly, he might end up being among the last picked signal-callers in two-quarterback leagues because no one expects him to stay healthy for a long period of time. Definitely do not risk a late-round pick on Bradford if you only start one quarterback.
Bradford will play more than a series in Friday's preseason game at New Orleans, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Bradford did little more than hand off the ball to David Johnson and rookie Chase Edmonds in his debut with the Cards on Saturday, attempting just one pass. With more than one possession expected of Bradford on Friday, the offense likely will be a bit more diverse, especially to build an in-game rapport with Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and others in the passing attack. Urban also relayed that 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen will work with the first-team offense, so Bradford's usage should be more indicative of what will occur during the regular season.
Bradford played 10 of 54 offensive snaps during Saturday's 24-17 preseason win against the Chargers. The Cardinals were deliberate during their first offensive possession, ordering up seven runs versus just one pass. A six-yard connection between Bradford and tight end Ricky Seals-Jones aside, the combination of David Johnson and rookie Chase Edmonds marched the Cards 45 yards across nearly six minutes. Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is smart to play to his strengths, but the sample size isn't enough to assume Bradford won't air it out this year, likely in some sort of quick passing attack with Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald acting as the primary targets.
Bradford will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. After endearing a cap on his practice reps throughout the offseason program, Bradford has been running the first-team offense since training camp opened July 28. The decision by coach Steve Wilks was a logical one due to Bradford's injury history, namely regarding his left knee. Wilks wouldn't divulge how many snaps or series Bradford will take on Saturday, but it likely won't be much with 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen, Mike Glennon and Chad Kanoff all waiting in the wings.
Bradford has been a full-go during training camp and taken all first-team reps, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Bradford had his health monitored closely throughout the Cardinals' offseason program, taking limited reps to try and reduce the wear on his surgically repaired left knee. However, with training camp in full swing, Bradford has increased his workload to include all drills as he prepares for the regular season. The ninth-year quarterback is expected to open the season as the Cardinals' starter, with Mike Glennon and rookie Josh Rosen in tow as backups. Rosen could get his shot before the end of the year if Bradford struggles or the Cardinals fail to compete for a playoff spot.
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.
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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|
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|3 Year Avg||68.6||2661||14||6||30||0||181|