Sam Bradford Fantasy News
QB Sam Bradford finds new targets for touchdowns
Saturday, August 27, 2011, 7:46am
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.
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.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011, 12:40pm
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
"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.
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
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.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 12:10pm
"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
Friday, April 22, 2011, 4:45pm
As locked-out NFL players have become nomadic in their search for work-out facilities, a group of St. Louis Rams has chosen the University of Houston as the site to stay in shape and watch film during the league's shut-down. Quarterback Sam Bradford and select receivers have been on campus this week utilizing the UH accommodations to stay prepared for the upcoming season. Former Cougar receiver Donnie Avery is among the players.
Avery said he's recovered from the knee injury from a physical standpoint but he still has a mental hurdle to overcome.
"I can't go as fast as those guys because it's still in my head," he said. "I'm trying to baby it a little bit because I'm five months out of surgery so it's still kind of in my head. Still got a long way to go."
As for Bradford, Avery said the former Sooners quarterback is displaying the leadership expected of the top pick of the 2010 draft. "He doesn't do lot of talking," Avery said. "He's very structured so whatever he says we know he means business because he rarely talks. He leads by example and we just follow.
"As a team, we know we have a lot of potential and we don't want to lose it so we try to stay positive and stay responsible. We're trying to have a discipline-type structure so we get together to run routes and watch film just like if we were at the facility."
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 8:59am
"We'll hope to build around those two guys and do the best we can going forward with our offensive system," McDaniels said.
McDaniels had a pass-happy reputation in Denver, with the Broncos running the ball only 39 percent of the time this season.
"I'm looking forward certainly to working with everybody there," McDaniels told the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday evening. "Sam's an extremely talented player....He's a very accurate guy. Does a lot of things in the pocket well. Does things out of the pocket well. We'll hope to take the things that he did well this year and try to build on ‘em as he goes into his second year."
As for Jackson? "Steven is a guy that I've admired for a long time," McDaniels said. "He's a versatile guy. He runs downhill and gets the hard yards. Takes care of the football very well, which is obviously important in our game. And he's got the opportunity and the ability to take it the distance when he touches the football."
Sources: Rams hire Josh McDaniels
Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 6:37pm
Josh McDaniels will be Sam Bradford's new mentor after all.
The Rams hired McDaniels as offensive coordinator, team and league sources told ESPN on Tuesday.
Earlier Tuesday, sources said a significant snag in negotiations between the Rams and McDaniels had led the team to broaden its search to include coaches with West Coast-system roots in which Bradford excelled during his rookie season.
McDaniels will replace Pat Shurmur, who was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns last week.
Josh McDaniels uniting with Sam Bradford could be a fantasy match made in heaven. Bradford completed an impressive 60% of his passes for 18 TDs and over 3500 yards in his rookie campaign, while Josh McDaniels had Kyle Orton looking like a Pro Bowler before injuries slowed down his season. Expect the pass happy attack to continue in St. Louis, as the Rams look to add a big play receiver in the offseason.