Little more than a week ago, the Rams gave quarterback Sam Bradford a contract that will pay him at leat $24 million guaranteed and, possibly and arguably likely, $50 million guaranteed.
Already, they’re singing his praises in St. Louis.
“What’s uncanny,” General Manager Billy Devaney told Peter King of SI.com, “is how he doesn’t just
complete the pass. He completes the pass most often where his guy can
get it and the defender can’t. Drives the corners crazy.”
One of the cornerbacks, Ron Bartell, was more concise. “The boy can throw that football!” Bartell said. “You see that?!!”
Bradford played well at a Saturday night scrimmage, one of the rare accounts this year of an NFL team’s offense being ahead of its defense. But, as King points out, Bradford was wearing a red touch-me-not jersey. Though that qualification applies to every quarterback at this time of the year, Bradford most likely is the only one in the past 30 years or so who got his shoulder blown up by a 230-pound linebacker from BYU.
So while Bradford may have the arm to get it down, there’s a chance he doesn’t have the shoulder, or the rest of the body, to survive in the NFL.