Sam Bradford Fantasy News

Sam Bradford injures finger, X-rays negative
Sunday, September 11, 2011, 8:13pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

QB Sam Bradford left the game midway through the fourth quarter against the Eagles with what initially appeared to be a right hand injury.

Bradford was injured while following through on a throw, and replays showed his right hand, and specifically his thumb, hit the hand of an oncoming pass rusher. Bradford left the field and headed into the tunnel, likely for X-rays. He was replaced by A.J. Feeley.

X-rays were reportedly negative, but there is apparently concern that he may have nerve damage. He will have an MRI on Monday. For his part, Bradford doesn't think he'll miss Week 2.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011, 1:41pm

The Sporting News - [Full Article]

Throw another name into the hat in an already-crowded wideout competition in St. Louis. In re-signing with the Rams, Mark Clayton brings a veteran presence with good speed and yard-after-the-catch skills.

Clayton showed he was a quick study last season in picking up the offense quickly, so learning the Josh McDaniels scheme shouldn't be a problem. But Clayton's surgically repaired knee (more precisely, his patellar tendon) isn't quite 100 percent.

If he goes on PUP/reserve, which is likely, he will be sidelined at least six weeks. But St. Louis is a good fit for Clayton and he has a very good chemistry with quarterback Sam Bradford.

Clayton is the team's ninth wideout, and the Rams are expected to keep six or seven. Danny Amendola, Donnie Avery, Brandon Gibson and Mike Sims-Walker appear to have jobs locked up. The final two or three spots will be decided from among Danario Alexander, Mardy Gilyard and rookies Austin Pettis and Greg Salas. If Clayton starts on PUP/reserve list, the team won’t have to worry about clearing a roster spot for him until mid-October or later.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 1:54pm

STLToday.com - [Full Article]

The Rams are happy to have Mike Sims-Walker, and the feeling is mutual.

"We've always liked him," general manager Billy Devaney said. "He was nicked a little bit last year with an ankle (injury) that hampered him. He tried to play through it, but you could see that he wasn't 100 percent. The guy scored 14 touchdowns over the last two years, so he's got some ability. That's what we were looking for — a bigger guy that can run a little bit."

"They don't know how excited I am to be here," he said. "This is a blessing. I call it the perfect situation. I wouldn't want to be nowhere else."

Why perfect?

"Sam Bradford. Josh McDaniels. The wide receiver corps that we do have," Sims-Walker said. "Very underrated. I promise you. Very underrated. I train with some of the best receivers in the game. I've seen a lot, I've studied a lot of the best receivers in the game. Trust me, these guys are right there. We've just got to get it together, go out here and grind every day, compete with each other, and we'll be fine."

Fantasy Impact:

With Josh McDaniels calling the plays and Sam Bradford throwing the ball, there is a lot of potential the St. Louis offense for one or two receivers to break out. Danny Amendola and Mike Sims-Walker seem to be the best bests, and Lance Kendricks has a lot of upside at TE.

QB Sam Bradford finds new targets for touchdowns
Saturday, August 27, 2011, 7:46am

Associated Press - [Full Article]

Quarterback Sam Bradford led St. Louis to a pair of touchdowns, and the Rams’ defense made life miserable for Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel as the Rams defeated the Chiefs 14-10 Friday night in Kansas City.

Bradford was 8 of 8 for 76 yards on his first two series, with scoring passes of 6 yards to Mike Sims-Walker and 11 yards to rookie tight end Lance Kendricks. Bradford finished with 95 yards passing in his most significant dress rehearsal before the Rams’ opener against Philadelphia.

When the reigning NFL offensive rookie of the year wasn’t slicing up the Chiefs’ struggling defense, Steven Jackson was pounding it into submission. The big running back carried 15 times for 72 yards as St. Louis coach Steve Spagnuolo played his starters the entire first half.

The Chiefs also played their first team until halftime, with much different results.

Cassel was 6 of 13 for 59 yards and was sacked for an 11-yard loss, while Kansas City’s top-ranked rushing attack produced just 14 yards on six first-half attempts. Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, who combined for 2,363 yards rushing in 2010, each carried twice for 8 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford wasn't as sharp after his hot start. Nevertheless, it was very encouraging to see him click with Kendricks and Sims-Walker, who are adding a breath of fresh air to the St. Louis passing game. At a minimum, Bradford looks like a very solid QB2. Kansas City can't seem to find any momentum.

Thursday, August 25, 2011, 12:40pm

Buffalo News - [Full Article]

With the offensive scheme installed by Josh McDaniels, the new offensive coordinator, the passes are expected to be spread around more. And WR Danny Amendola has taken to the new offense just fine.

"It's going well," Amendola said after practice. "I'm trying to get better with this offense. I feel like this offense is good for a lot of people. Everybody should get a lot of touches. We'll all get a chance to show what we can do."

Amendola said he likes the way quarterback Sam Bradford is handling the new schemes.

"He really seems to be getting ahold of this offense," Amendola said. "We all acknowledge him as our leader out there and he's doing a good job. He's taken more of a leadership role. We all really look up to him. We rally around him."

St. Louis QB Sam Bradford plays long ball
Sunday, August 21, 2011, 8:32am

Associated Press - [Full Article]

Quarterback Sam Bradford threw an 83-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson on St. Louis’ first play, and Josh Brown kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give the Rams a 17-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

Steven Jackson was limited to 10 yards on six carries in his preseason debut for the Rams (2-0), and Sam Bradford had no other big plays in the first half and got banged around a bit.

Tennessee starter Matt Hasselbeck was sharp, going 7 for 9 for 74 yards. Hasselbeck was shaken up on his final play when Brady Poppinga rolled into his legs after a pass, but after walking off didn’t need treatment on the sideline.

Rookie running back Jamie Harper had 83 yards on 11 carries in the first half for Tennessee (1-1). The highlight was a 46-yarder on a cutback run, and he scored for the second straight week.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford took a big shot in the second quarter, but seemed to have dodged a bullet in terms of a major injury. If Gibson keeps delivering the goods he'll be worth a look later in drafts. And if Chris Johnson's contract situation remains unsettled, Harper could push Javon Ringer for playing time.

Chris Cooley Out 4 Weeks
Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 11:17am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Chris Cooley visited a specialist but would not confirm that Cooley met with Andrews, who has performed surgeries on high-profile athletes from Brett Favre to Sam Bradford to Stephen Strasburg. Shanahan said surgery would not be required.

Andrews is a longtime partner with the Redskins and has worked closely with the team’s training staff for more than a decade.

“He’s getting some rehab on it,” Shanahan said. “He’s working extremely hard, but other than that, I don’t know. He can get some mental reps by looking at the film. We’ve got a lot of meeting time. He’ll probably be working in the weight room the majority of the time, but there’s no sense in putting added pressure on that knee.”

According to a person familiar with the situation, Cooley’s knee is simply aggravated and requires nearly a month of rest. Cooley, who had minor arthroscopic surgery on the knee following last season, has not attended practice since last Wednesday morning and was not on the sidelines for the team’s preseason win over Pittsburgh last Friday.

Fantasy Impact:

Fred Davis is having a great camp and is in fantastic shape. He is also in the final year of his contract. If you draft Cooley, Davis is the automatic handcuff....and possible starter.

Monday, August 15, 2011, 9:49am

Sports Illustrated - [Full Article]

No quarterback threw deep less than the Rams Sam Bradford last season - 6.8 percent of his 590 throws went longer than 20 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

That should change this year with Josh McDaniels running the offense. We have Bradford ranked 15th among our QBs - a decent, mid-level QB2 option.

Sunday, August 14, 2011, 6:38pm

St. Louis Rams on Twitter - [Full Article]

St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo says wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker has a sore groin. Sims-Walker will be be doubtful for this week's game against Tennessee, but he won't be getting an MRI.

Fantasy Impact:

It's good to hear Sims-Walker isn't seriously hurt. However, he needs all the reps he can get to find a rhythm with Sam Bradford.

Solid Start for St. Louis QB Sam Bradford in New Offense
Sunday, August 14, 2011, 7:45am

Associated Press - [Full Article]

Second-year St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford produced 17 points in four possessions with big help from a defense that jumped on Peyton Manning’s backups for a pair of early interceptions as St. Louis opened the preseason with a victory over Indianapolis.

Josh Brown’s 60-yard field goal capped an almost perfect first half not just for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ rebuilt attack but for all phases. Brown’s boot bettered his career best of 58 yards in 2003 with the Seattle Seahawks and he added a 53-yarder in the third quarter.

Manning almost blended into the crowd on the Colts sideline in blue jeans and wearing a ball cap, but his presence on the field was sorely missed. Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky threw costly interceptions early, giving the Rams possession deep in Indianapolis territory to set up 10 easy points.

Bradford was in for 24 snaps, and was 7 for 12 for 45 yards and a touchdown. He also had a chat with Manning on the field after the game.

Rams backup running back Cadillac Williams had 40 yards on 11 carries with a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Keith Toston had 64 yards and a 5-yard score.

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford heads into the season as a solid QB2. The only real downside to Bradford is that St. Louis has an incredibly bumpy schedule early on, as they'll be playing Philadelphia, the Giants, Baltimore, Green Bay, and New Orleans before midseason. As for the Colts, the sooner Manning is back, the better.

Friday, August 12, 2011, 1:50pm

SI.com - [Full Article]

Mike Sims-Walker has had a strong camp despite being asked to learn all three receiver positions. At this point he is the closest thing to a No. 1 receiver on the Rams' roster, and Sam Bradford appears to have developed a nice rapport with him.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 12:39pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Rams rookie TE Lance Kendricks is impressing at camp.

"Lance has done some great things," Sam Bradford told reporters in St. Louis. "He has been asked to do a lot as well. I think he’s probably taken more reps than anyone else on our offense."

That last part could be telling. The Rams envision moving Kendricks, a second-round pick, around the formation and keeping him on the field.

"It seems like that every time I look out there, he’s in there," Bradford said. "Whether he is at 'Y,' he’s at 'F,' he’s playing wide receiver some. I think he’s done a great job; he’s physical. He really stood out to me yesterday when we put the pads on and we had the 'Ram Drill.'"

Turn your playbooks to the index for a little review session. The "Y" spot is where traditional tight ends line up. The "F" spot refers more to the slot and allows for more motion/movement. As for the Ram Drill? It's a version of the Oklahoma Drill featuring one-on-one battles between blockers and tacklers.

Fantasy Impact:

It's notoriously difficult for rookie TEs to make an impact, but after what the New England duo did last season, teams may try to incorporate their pass-catching TEs as quickly as possible. Josh McDaniels' system isn't generally TE-friendly, but the Rams didn't draft Kendricks for his blocking. He's a sleeper to keep an eye on.

Friday, July 29, 2011, 10:06pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The St. Louis Rams have reached agreement with former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker on a one-year deal.

Sims-Walker, who will turn 27 in November, had 43 catches for 562 yards and seven touchdowns last season with the Jaguars, a year after he produced 63 catches for 869 yards and seven scores.

Fantasy Impact:

MSW is an interesting player in Josh McDaniels' high-octane offense, especially if Mark Clayton doesn't re-up. Sam Bradford is a very capable QB and the battle for targets is wide open in St. Louis.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 12:10pm

Tulsa World - [Full Article]

"The knee is doing wonderful," WR Mark Clayton reported last week. "I broke my training regimen to come here, because I've got my boy (he lifted his knee) back. I actually came here recently and ran some routes with Sam."

The idea being to build on the instant chemistry he enjoyed with Sam Bradford. Clayton relishes the partnership.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 11:50am

ESPN St. Louis - [Full Article]

Sam Bradford is teaching the offense (the Josh McDaniels playbook) in player organized Rams workouts.