Reviews of No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford’s practice performance continue to be positive, for the most part. The West Coast scheme taught by Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is similar to what Bradford learned at Oklahoma. Bradford also spent plenty of time under center as a Sooner, so taking direct snaps is not foreign to him despite coming from a college spread offense.
Bradford, however, still hasn’t taken any first-team reps during OTAs.
The 2008 Heisman Trophy winner is sharing time on the second and third units with second-year quarterback Keith Null, who threw nine interceptions, fumbled three times, and went 0-4 in four 2009 starts. Journeyman A.J. Feeley, who hasn’t thrown a pass since the 2007 season, is currently the Rams’ first-stringer.
“There are some balls that have sailed,” admitted Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo when discussing Bradford’s passing so far. “It’s different now. The game’s a little bit faster, and it’s going to get faster.”
Plenty of observers will downplay Bradford’s inability to earn first-team snaps by saying the Rams are “easing in” their franchise quarterback. However, fellow top-ten picks Trent Williams, Russell Okung, Tyson Alualu, and Eric Berry have already been installed as starters for their respective teams. Even second-round pick Nate Allen has cracked the first-team defense in Philadelphia.
We’re not saying this is a bad sign, necessarily. The Rams, presumably, have a plan in place that will eventually allow Bradford to gain a rapport with the likes of Laurent Robinson, Donnie Avery, and Danny Amendola.
For now, though, he’s stuck throwing to backups on a team that has perhaps the worst backups in the league.