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Kyle Rudolph on new quarterback Bradford: “Sam’s a baller”

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 3: Kyle Rudolph #82 of the Minnesota Vikings, and quarterback Sam Bradford #8, celebrate a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the New York Giants on October 3, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

If the Vikings would have known Sam Bradford was going to pick things up this quickly, they’d have probably let him start the opener against the Titans.

Of course, that didn’t hurt them, as backup Shaun Hill was able to lead them to the win before Bradford took over the following week. And in the week’s since, he’s showing the Vikings he’s more than just a fill-in for an injured Teddy Bridgewater.

Sam’s a baller,” tight end Kyle Rudolph said, via Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “You can see him getting more and more comfortable now. Not only at the line of scrimmage but in the huddle as a leader of this offense and of this team; guys kind of gravitate towards his energy now.”

He’s helped the Vikings to a 4-0 start, and he’s doing it in impressive fashion. After a near-perfect debut against the Packers and a second-half surge against the Panthers, he did a good job spreading the ball around last night against the Giants.

He completed passes to nine different receivers, hitting the short and the shots (a 40-yarder to Charles Johnson), and most importantly, hasn’t thrown an interception since putting on the purple.

And despite the massive turnover on the offensive line, he hasn’t taken a sack, which is partly because of his ability to get the ball out quickly.

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26 Responses to “Kyle Rudolph on new quarterback Bradford: “Sam’s a baller””
  1. ramfanmatt says: Oct 4, 2016 6:26 AM

    I don’t think Teddy gets his job back.

  2. xxsweepthelegxx says: Oct 4, 2016 6:49 AM

    Good for Sam. His only knock was that people didn’t think he deserved to be a #1 pick, and he was the last of the crazy rookie deals to boot. Not his fault. Never gets in trouble, never says the wrong thing to media, good head on his shoulders. Etc.

    Given how many teams have traded for him, clearly he shows something in practice and games that coaches like to keep getting starting roles and crazy draft picks traded for him.

    I hope he succeeds…..why not

  3. stellarperformance says: Oct 4, 2016 7:43 AM

    OK…..I’m a believer. The Vikings defense is the best I’ve seen four games into the season, and if the Vikings offense maintains the control they showed last night, they are without question the team to beat in the NFC.

    That’s as far as I can go right now. The Packers definitely have to step up their game.

  4. coltluger says: Oct 4, 2016 8:01 AM

    Bradford has sure looked good. The defense has been getting all the press and Bradford has been quietly putting up better and better numbers. The Vikings are becoming a complete team, even with all the injuries.

  5. dayglo80 says: Oct 4, 2016 8:41 AM

    Keep hating fellas. This team is not going away for a while. Gruden nailed it last night, “Zimmer uses every single person on his 53 man roster.” They are starting to believe in themselves and trusting each other and the system.

    One week at a time fellas, lets keep this going. what a feeling!!!!

  6. fmc651 says: Oct 4, 2016 9:00 AM

    Sam’s ability has never been the problem. He has played on some horrible teams. And he has had terrible luck with some injuries in the past.

  7. packerjansen12 says: Oct 4, 2016 9:21 AM

    Sam will be starting with the Vikings next year. Mark my words. And they will continue to be a force to be reckoned with. –Packers Fan

  8. vikingsmandotdie says: Oct 4, 2016 9:36 AM

    hahahahahaha all the packer trolls have stayed under the bride the last couple of weeks!

  9. abninf says: Oct 4, 2016 9:42 AM

    dayglo80 says:

    Keep hating fellas.
    =============================

    Relax, I don’t see anyone “hating”, as you millennials say. Can’t argue with success. I’ve said before they got one of the best coaches in the league.

  10. screamingyellowzonkers says: Oct 4, 2016 9:46 AM

    Bradford is clearly a better quarterback than Teddy. I’ve have not been a big fan of Teddy’s QB play. He just looks out of place.

    Bradford’s throws are night and day better than Bridgewater’s throws.

    I’m sure I will get a bunch of thumbs down, but Bradford is clearly a better passer.

  11. nflgtcfl says: Oct 4, 2016 10:10 AM

    Bradford’s ability has not been the main concern based on the talent around him. His durability has always been the major complaint.

  12. cardiovascularendurance says: Oct 4, 2016 10:36 AM

    It’s crazy how well this trade turned out to be for both teams. The only other comparable trade I can think of is the Clinton Portis for Champ Bailey deal. Of course, Bradford needs to stay healthy and the Eagles need to pick a solid player with that pick, but it’s certainly looking good so far.

  13. jimnsota says: Oct 4, 2016 10:55 AM

    Team effort, not about one guy. Offense has and will improve without AP forcing the QB to play under center. Just like Teddy, Sam is a spread QB, they want to face the defense. Clearly Sam looks better than Teddy ever has. But, I think Teddy has been forced to cater to AP’s way. Teddy was much better out of the gun.
    Not to mention, Rudolph has been running alot more routes versus being forced to block for AP.

  14. vikingfan23 says: Oct 4, 2016 11:07 AM

    cardiovascularendurance says:
    Oct 4, 2016 10:36 AM
    It’s crazy how well this trade turned out to be for both teams. The only other comparable trade I can think of is the Clinton Portis for Champ Bailey deal. Of course, Bradford needs to stay healthy and the Eagles need to pick a solid player with that pick, but it’s certainly looking good so far.

    ——————————–

    The Broncos raped the Redskins in that trade. They got a Future HoF CB for a very good running back. And they got a pick too! Highway robbery.

    Danny Snyder always looking to make a slash screwed the skins and their fans again.

  15. nfloracle says: Oct 4, 2016 11:12 AM

    Everybody loves a winner. Bradford finally gets a chance to show what he can do with a solid team around him and a solid coaching staff. Good deal all around!

  16. allight59 says: Oct 4, 2016 11:16 AM

    The exciting part is that as long as Bradford stays healthy, the offense will improve a little each week. But play offs, we’ll be hitting on all cylinders with too many weapons to defend. I see the top defense in the NFL and top 10 offense by season end. See ya’ll in Houston.

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 4, 2016 11:49 AM

    Can Sam play good in bad weather games? They are in division with Chicago and Green Bay both which get cold in December. He had a dome in St Louis and now in Minnesota. Let’s wait and see.

  18. selfish-sobriety says: Oct 4, 2016 12:02 PM

    I always liked Sam, he never had a solid team around him, so when he was traded (No brainer) I was happy for everyone involved, everyone got value…seemed the Vikes were hesitant to crown Bridgewater the next franchise QB anyway…..I knew Sam would light it up, but hr has exceeded expectations just like Wentz. Looks like Sam finally found a permanent home and the Vikings finally got their franchise QB, good deal all around…Go Eagles!

  19. dayglo80 says: Oct 4, 2016 12:08 PM

    Can Sam play good in bad weather games? They are in division with Chicago and Green Bay both which get cold in December. He had a dome in St Louis and now in Minnesota. Let’s wait and see.*********************************************************************************************************************************************

    We might not have to find out. I am not jumping to conclusions but if the Vikings wrap up the division and possibly Conference they will not have to play one game outdoors throughout the playoffs and Super Bowl.

    Like I said I am not jumping to conclusions but that is a possibility. I would prefer that he and they play just as good outside in December and January as they do inside. You must also remember most of the roster played the last two seasons at TCF which was outdoors and Sam has lived in St Louis, Philly and now Minny throughout his career, all of those places are not particular warm in December/January regardless if he is playing outside or not.

  20. purpleguy says: Oct 4, 2016 2:50 PM

    Was a fun game to watch and I’m excited about the team, yet the O-line must improve to ensure the continued health of Bradford and the RBs. Now that Clemmings has recorded enough snaps, PFF has rated him 77th out of 77 OTs. At least Sirles looked better than Smith.

  21. skolvikes says: Oct 4, 2016 6:53 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Oct 4, 2016 2:50 PM

    Was a fun game to watch and I’m excited about the team, yet the O-line must improve to ensure the continued health of Bradford and the RBs. Now that Clemmings has recorded enough snaps, PFF has rated him 77th out of 77 OTs. At least Sirles looked better than Smith.
    —-

    That O-line has given up 6 sacks in 4 games.

    Tied for 4th in the NFL.

  22. vikingsmandotdie says: Oct 4, 2016 9:47 PM

    Was a fun game to watch and I’m excited about the team, yet the O-line must improve to ensure the continued health of Bradford and the RBs. Now that Clemmings has recorded enough snaps, PFF has rated him 77th out of 77 OTs. At least Sirles looked better than Smith.
    —-

    That O-line has given up 6 sacks in 4 games.

    Tied for 4th in the NFL.

    _____________________________________________

    better then 8 sacs in 1 game for Mr. Dab him self… And 5 for 1 game on Rogers

  23. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 4, 2016 10:37 PM

    I love the way Sam has played so far but let’s not let the team’s success be a reason for hating on Teddy. Bradford missed quite a few passes last night so he has room for improvement. No question the Vikings would be 4-0 with Teddy at QB too.

  24. fluffy19 says: Oct 5, 2016 9:40 AM

    People keep framing this as a Sam OR Teddy conversation. Why not both for a year or two? Teddy has a long road to recovery. Once he is healthy enough to play, I would think some extra time to watch and learn wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world (it worked out ok for Rodgers, granted in a different situation) and Teddy seems like the type that would understand his role as a capable back up and not pout or be a diva. Obviously salary considerations would be the biggest sticking point, but if we can afford it, I don’t see why it needs to be a problem.

  25. peoriaviking says: Oct 5, 2016 10:17 AM

    I’m a Teddy fan, but I have to admit, Bradford is clearly the better QB, and its not even close.

  26. 250dollarnflowner says: Oct 5, 2016 5:08 PM

    we love Teddy, but it’s hard to argue that he’s a better QB than Sam. It’s clear who’s a better QB

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