The Vikings have had no shortage of bad news on offense this year.
It started with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury and continued this week with running back Adrian Peterson’s torn meniscus and left tackle Matt Kalil heading to injured reserve because of a hip problem. One place where the news has been better is with quarterback Sam Bradford.
Acquired just before the start of the regular season in a trade, Bradford made his Vikings debut last Sunday with a strong game against the Packers in a 17-14 victory. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner liked that performance and likes everything else he’s seen from Bradford thus far.
“Very impressed,” Turner said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “He’s everything you look for in a quarterback. I think he’s a great passer, and I think he makes great decisions. That combination is what you need in a good quarterback. He can change his delivery, and he can speed up when he needs to. He’s got great presence in the pocket. I coached a guy like that for six years in Philip Rivers. They play the game differently. They get rid of the ball quick, and they have great pocket presence.”
With Peterson and Bridgewater out of the picture, the Vikings offense will have to plot a different course than the one they spent the offseason expecting to follow. Bradford is going to be essential to that course leading to a winning record so the Vikings will have to hope that Turner’s early read becomes a permanent one.