Bradford completed 20 of 34 pass attempts for 153 yards with no touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 24-6 loss to Washington.
Bradford passed for just 11 yards in the first half, while leading the offense to a measly two first downs. It didn't get much better in the second half, as the Cardinals did not score until late in the fourth quarter on a David Johnson touchdown run. On the bright side, Bradford showed a strong connection with Larry Fitzgerald, as the duo hooked up seven times for 76 yards. The veteran quarterback probably won't find things easier in Week 2, with the Rams on the schedule.
Bradford enters the 2018 season in good health, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. "I know that right now, it does feel as good as it has felt in a long time," Bradford said Wednesday.
Bradford was limited to two appearances with the Vikings last season due to complications with his left knee, which eventually underwent a cleanup procedure on Nov. 7. Despite being activated from IR in the playoffs, he backed up Case Keenum during Minnesota's two-game run. Upon joining the Cardinals, Bradford's activity level was monitored throughout the offseason with his oft-injured left knee in mind. After a preseason in which he completed eight of 11 passes for 73 yards, Bradford is poised to act as a game manager in a David Johnson-dominated offensive scheme.
Bradford completed each of his six pass attempts for 61 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Saints.
After leading a run-heavy touchdown drive on his only series in the preseason opener, Bradford got a bit more playing time Friday, producing seven points on three drives. Josh Rosen also got some work with the first-team offense, completing 10 of 16 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, all in the second quarter. There may not be any competition for the Week 1 starting job, but the calls for Rosen will heat up if the Cardinals don't stay in the playoff hunt. There's also the issue of Bradford's left knee, which Vikings coach Mike Zimmer once referred to as "degenerative".
After endearing a cap on his practice reps throughout the offseason program, Bradford has been running the first-team offense since training camp opened on 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 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 locked in as the Cardinals' starter to begin the season, with Mike Glennon and rookie Josh Rosen in tow as backups.
|5||10/7/18||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/11/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|2010||St. Louis Rams||16||16||590||354||60.0||3512||5.95||49||18||15||34/244||36||4||76.5|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||10||10||357||191||53.5||2164||6.06||68||6||6||36/248||25||3||70.5|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||16||551||328||59.5||3702||6.72||80||21||13||35/233||41||8||82.6|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||7||7||262||159||60.7||1687||6.44||73||14||4||15/97||19||3||90.9|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||0||0||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2010||St. Louis Rams||16||16||27||63||2.3||17||1||0||6|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||10||10||18||26||1.4||17||0||0||3|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||16||36||124||3.4||21||1||1||9|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||7||7||15||31||2.1||23||0||1||1|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2010||St. Louis Rams||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||10||10||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||7||7||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||St. Louis Rams||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||10||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||7||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2010||St. Louis Rams||16||7||2||0||3||0||0||3||0|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||10||10||7||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||7||1||0||3||0||0||3||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||7||3||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|