Sam Bradford Fantasy News

Schefter: Rams, Eagles swap Sam Bradford and Nick Foles

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:18pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams close to trading QB Sam Bradford to Philadelphia for Nick Foles and draft-pick compensation, per sources.

Update: This deal has been finalized.

In addition to Foles, the Rams will also get Philadelphia's fourth-round pick in 2015 and second-round pick in 2016. The Eagles will get St. Louis' fifth-round pick in 2015 in addition to Bradford.

The Eagles can also pick up a conditional pick in 2016 based on how many snaps Bradford takes. If Bradford plays less than 50 percent the Eagles will get a 4th-round pick, if he does not play at all it becomes a 3rd-rounder. If Bradford plays more than 50 percent of snaps the Eagles will not receive any additional compensation.

Fantasy Impact:

Change is afoot. Foles’ second season as the starter in Philadelphia didn’t go as well as his first. After a ridiculous 27-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2013, Foles tossed 13 touchdowns against 10 picks last year. It wasn’t all his fault, however, as he was playing behind a patchwork offensive line and didn’t have as much time to throw. In the seven games that he finished in 2014, he averaged 16.9 fantasy points, which is about what Philip Rivers scored as the #12 QB on the season. Foles ultimately broke his collarbone in Week 9 and missed the final eight games of the season. He'll be penciled in as the starter in St. Louis, but this is a scheme/system downgrade, and the Rams' receiving corps is currently lacking established talent. As for Bradford, he'll get a fresh start in a friendly offense, though the Eagles just lost Jeremy Maclin. It's a familiar situation for Bradford, who has never had the benefit of a strong supporting cast. Both quarterbacks will be QB2 types heading into the summer.

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Rams reportedly tab Frank Cignetti as their new OC

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6:49pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Frank Cignetti is in line for a promotion in St. Louis.

Cignetti, currently the Rams’ quarterbacks coach, is expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The announcement is expected next week.

Cignetti was hired when Fisher first took the Rams’ head-coaching job and has been the quarterbacks coach the last three seasons. He’s never been an offensive coordinator in the NFL before, but he’s been the offensive coordinator for six different college teams: Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Cal, North Carolina, Fresno State and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams were 28th in yards and 21st in points. Sam Bradford is under contract for another season, but he's not a shoo-in to start in 2015.

Brian Schottenheimer leaves the Rams to become Georgia's offensive coordinator

Friday, January 9, 2015, 11:36am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced on Wednesday that St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer would replace Mike Bobo, who accepted the head job at Colorado State last month, as the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Schottenheimer spent his past three seasons leading a Rams offense that ranked as one of the NFL's lowest-scoring units (25th in scoring and 28th in total offense over that stretch) while struggling with personnel issues, most notably quarterback Sam Bradford.

Fantasy Impact:

Schottenheimer didn't have much to work with while in St. Louis, specifically at quarterback. The offense showed some signs of life when Sam Bradford was under center, but he was limited to just seven games over the past two seasons.

Rams want Sam Bradford to compete for QB job

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 5:50pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Rams have ended the last two seasons with quarterback Sam Bradford on injured reserve because of torn ACLs, but that hasn’t soured them on having Bradford back in 2015.

They aren’t going to hand him the starting job, however. On Tuesday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said, via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that the team wants to have Bradford compete for the starting job with a player “not in the building now” this offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

It’s not clear whether Shaun Hill and/or Austin Davis, the two quarterbacks who started after Bradford’s injury, would also be invited to take part, the story mentioned. Bradford also spoke to the media and said that he thought about giving up the game immediately after suffering the second tear, but has gotten back on the rehab track. He’s running and said that he has no issues with the Rams making any moves at quarterback, the story added.

Rams QB Shaun Hill has thigh injury

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 7:33pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Shaun Hill era in St. Louis is on hold after only two quarters.

Hill, tabbed as the Rams' starter last month after Sam Bradford suffered a torn ACL, was replaced at halftime by Austin Davis, who had never played in a regular-season game in two previous seasons as a Rams backup.

The Rams announced that Hill had suffered a thigh injury, though he remained standing on the sideline with his helmet on early in the third quarter as Davis led the Rams to their first scoring drive – a 56-yard field goal by Greg Zuerline.

Hill left the game after completing 8 of 13 passes for 81 yards including an interception.

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams offense struggled as a whole and both QBs threw an interception in the blowout loss. The Rams visit Tampa Bay in Week 2. There was some confusion at first and some thought Hill was benched due to coach's decision.

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:57am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Terrelle Pryor's stint with the Seahawks is over.

The former Ohio State star quarterback was released by Seattle on Friday, FOX Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo and other media report.

Pryor, who was chosen in the third round in the 2011 supplemental draft by the Raiders, threw for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 games last year with Oakland. The Raiders traded Pryor to the Seahawks in the offseason for a seventh-round pick in last May's draft.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say the St. Louis Rams might have interest in Pryor as a backup after losing Sam Bradford.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:37pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Rams rookie Tre Mason continues get carries, but hasn't been very productive with them. He played 20 snaps on offense and posted 29 yards on 10 carries. He had 18 of those yards on one run, meaning he gained 11 yards on the other nine carries. He simply hasn't been able to get it going in extended looks during the first three preseason games.

Fantasy Impact:

Mason doesn't look like he's going to have an impact, at least to start the season. With no Sam Bradford, the Rams may need to run a little more. Right now Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham are leading the way in the rushing game.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 7:39pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Rams coach Jeff Fisher has confirmed that, indeed, quarterback Sam Bradford has been lost for the year, re-tearing the ACL that he first tore in October 2013. Now, with Bradford done, the Rams will hand the ball to backup Shaun Hill.

“Shaun’s our guy,” Fisher told reporters. “We brought him here. He’s got experience. We’ve got all the confidence in the world in him.”

Hill, 34, enters his 13th season in the NFL. His most extensive work came in 2010, starting 10 games for the Lions. For his career, Hill has a 61.9-percent completion percentage, 41, 6,381 passing yards, 41 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions.

Fantasy Impact:

It remains to be seen how much of a drop the Ram WRs take from Bradford to Hill. It's possible the Rams lean on the run a little more this year with Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham leading the way. Hill's fantasy value should be considered very limited at this point, with perhaps a chance to be a spot starter in favorable committee matchups as his upside until we see a little more.

Report: Sam Bradford out for the year

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 4:05pm

Chris Mortensen on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams QB Sam Bradford is out for season after MRI shows he did tear left knee ACL, per sources. Rams will announce later today.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford was making his second start of the preseason after returning from a season-ending torn left ACL suffered against Carolina on Oct. 20, 2013. It's a big blow for the Rams, but they apparently have been happy with backup Shaun Hill's performance as well. Hill will likely take over the starting role and hasn't started since 2010. It remains to be seen just how much of a drop, if any, the Rams' wideouts will see with Hill under center. Hill's career numbers (Y/A, Cmp%, TD%) are actually better than Bradford's, so we're not expecting much of a drop in our projections. Bradford's injury may be good news for Stacy owners, however, as the Rams could elect to go more run-heavy. Benny Cunningham may also get a few extra carries.

Rams QB Sam Bradford knocked out of game with apparent leg injury

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:42pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

St. Louis QB Sam Bradford -- recovering from a torn ACL -- limped off the field in Saturday's tilt versus the Browns.

Fantasy Impact:

It was the same (left) leg that was operated on last year. He walked off under his own power, which is a good sign. He should be avoided in drafts until we know he's in the clear.

Sam Bradford sharp in comeback

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 7:06pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Returning from an offseason of rehabbing a torn left ACL, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford made his preseason debut Saturday afternoon at Edward Jones Dome against the Packers.

Notably taking his first in-game snap in exactly 300 days, Bradford piloted two drives, one in which was capped by a 11-yard strike in traffic to tight end Lance Kendricks for a score.

Bradford’s second series began when he stood tall in the pocket and rifled a pass for a 41-yard, catch-and-run completion to wide receiver Brian Quick.

Later in the drive, rookie offensive tackle Greg Robinson was outmuscled by a Julius Peppers’ bull rush move. Peppers drilled Bradford’s backside, but the fifth-year quarterback popped right up.

Sporting a clunky left knee brace, Bradford showed comfort operating in the pocket. He finished completing 9 of 12 passes for 101 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

The article called Bradford 'sharp' and said it was an encouraging sign for him heading into next week's game. Looks like it's all systems go for Bradford to start Week 1 for the Rams. He's ranked 25th and likely won't get drafted but could prove to be a nice committee QB if he continues to look good in his return.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 2:20pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

As has been custom throughout his career, Rams TE Jared Cook struggled to replicate or even approximate his dominating opening week performance in 2013 the rest of the season. After the eye-opening performance against the Cardinals, Cook became the focal point of opposing defenses with additional and more physical coverage thrown his way on a regular basis.

Cook didn't exceed 45 receiving yards in any of the next nine games and didn't score another touchdown until Week 9 against his former team. He finished with 51 catches for 671 yards and five touchdowns. But much of that production came in two games and Cook also struggled with drops, finishing with six for the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Cook wasn't consistent but it's something he's working on for this year. He was also hurt by the loss of QB Sam Bradford, so his return should help. Cook is more of a TE2 target in leagues where you need one. Other than that, he's a guy to target on bye weeks as a fill in until he starts to show that consistency.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 10:34am

StLouisRams.com - [Full Article]

It’s clear that Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt could be an important piece of the Rams offense this season. Not only has his performance on the field been strong, but also head coach Jeff Fisher said he’s becoming a team leader.

“Kenny’s always had that type of personality,” Fisher said. “He loves the game He’s not afraid to voice his opinion and he’s pulling the young guys along with him. He practices one speed and that’s full.”

Britt started last week’s game against the Saints, and figures to get good time with quarterback Sam Bradford on Saturday against Green Bay.

Fantasy Impact:

Britt's running out of chances but seems to be making the best of this one in St. Louis. Britt is at the top of the depth chart with Tavon Austin on the other side. He's a potential mid-to-late round sleeper if you can land him as depth.

Kenny Britt listed as starter on Rams depth chart

Monday, August 4, 2014, 6:02pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Receiver Kenny Britt left the Titans in the offseason for a reunion with Jeff Fisher in St. Louis.

So far, so good.

Britt appears as a starter on the team’s first depth chart of camp, across from Tavon Austin and ahead of Brian Quick.

A first-round pick in 2009, Britt was breaking out in 2011 before a Week 3 torn ACL threw his career off course even more than a rash of early-career run-ins with the law. Last year, he caught 11 passes for 96 yards in 12 appearances and three starts.

Fantasy Impact:

Britt, at times, looked like a dominant WR1 throughout his career but couldn't stay healthy and couldn't stay out of trouble. If he can do that in St. Louis, he could be quite a weapon for QB Sam Bradford and the Rams. Ranked just 60th on our list now, we acknowledge his stock is rising.

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 7:11pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

QB Sam Bradford showed improved zip on the ball during the St. Louis Rams' fan fest scrimmage at the Edward Jones Dome.

"You can see those balls were humming," coach Jeff Fisher said after Saturday's practice.

Bradford seems to benefiting from improved upper-body strength.

Fantasy Impact:

To keep the arm strong, coaches are monitoring Bradford's pitch count, so to speak, the story said. Both sides said there's no set limit, but that the information would help factor progress and performance in training camp. Once again, this seems like a make-or-break year for Bradford, who was having a decent season last year before getting hurt. Bradford is just 23rd on our list and isn't getting a lot of draft-day love in typical 10 or 12 team leagues.