The Minnesota Vikings season thus far has included many things that nobody expected – Sam Bradford playing quarterback in Minnesota, for starters – but high on the list of surprises is the fact that first-round pick WR Laquon Treadwell has only been on the field for two plays in three games. He was inactive on Sunday against Carolina.
Treadwell was selected 23rd overall this April and is struggling to get playing time so far. But HC Mike Zimmer said he's biding his time - like Stefon Diggs did last year - and may be thinking too much about steps to take on each route.
Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) took full practice reps again Friday. He was removed from the injury report, so he should be able to play through the injury. He saw eight targets from Sam Bradford in Bradford’s first start.
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Rudolph should be able to play through the injury. He saw eight targets from Sam Bradford in Bradford’s first start.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm
Bradford told the media earlier this week he felt much more comfortable with the playbook, the story said. Shaun Hill was average last week in the team's win and it's expected Bradford will be an upgrade at the position as well as an upgrade for the Viking receivers. But, expect Bradford to improve as the weeks go by. Green Bay is 11th in allowing fantasy points to QBs so it's not a great matchup for Bradford.
Is two weeks enough time for Sam Bradford to be ready?
That’s the unanswered question the Vikings will have to figure out before Sunday night’s nationally-televised matchup against the Green Bay Packers, when they’ll be making the regular season debut inside the new and luminous U.S. Bank Stadium.
Head coach Mike Zimmer said he will not publicly name a starter, just as he didn’t last week before Shaun Hill started the season opener in Tennessee.
“I just figured it’d be good for sports talk radio,” Zimmer said Monday, in jest.
He added the decision has not been made.
Given what the team gave up for Bradford, the story concluded that whenever the team deems him ready he's likely going to be in there.
Hill has been given the start over Sam Bradford, for whom the Vikings traded a 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Bradford joined the team after Teddy Bridgewater tore multiple ligaments in his knee Aug. 30.
The team split first-team snaps between Hill and Bradford during practice this week, but it appeared the Vikings were leaning toward Hill, who has been in Minnesota since 2015 and has a more thorough understanding of the offense than Bradford. The story added that Bradford picked up things rather quickly last week and is expected to be the starter in the near future.
In news that might not mean all that much, Shaun Hill is listed as the first quarterback on the Vikings’ depth chart.
In news that might mean slightly more, Hill was practicing with the starters today.
According to Ben Goessling of ESPN.com, Hill was working with the ones during the portion of practice open to reporters, ahead of newcomer Sam Bradford.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer refused to clarify his intentions about this week, and said the reps would be divided between the guy who was backing up Teddy Bridgewater and the guy who figures to start soon if not Sunday against the Titans. Given the cost of acquiring Bradford, it’s clear he’s going to play quickly. But the sheer volume of stuff he has to learn might make a one-week turnaround difficult if not impossible, the story said.
The initial plan after the Vikings traded for quarterback Sam Bradford on Saturday was to still start veteran Shaun Hill in Sunday’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans. But plans can change, which is why coach Mike Zimmer is choosing not to announce his starting QB right now.
“I don’t know yet,” Zimmer said this afternoon. “We’ll see how it goes.”
It doesn’t hurt to make the Titans prepare for two different passers. Zimmer said he plans to divide the first-team reps between Bradford and Hill in practice this week. His first impressions of Bradford were positive.
With Sam Bradford now in Minnesota, who will be the Eagles’ starting quarterback Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns? Before the trade occurred, Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz were second and third on the depth chart, respectively. However, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, the Eagles hope to start Wentz over Daniel if he is fully recovered from the rib injury he suffered in Week 1 of the preseason.
Choosing to start Wentz over Daniel makes sense, especially considering Daniel’s lackluster performance this preseason.
Daniel hasn't looked great but it's been a small sample size for Wentz, who suffered a rib injury in the first preseason game. Wentz's high upside gives him at least some lower-end QB2 or streaming value, however, he doesn't have the greatest WRs to work with despite the addition of Dorial Green-Beckham, who has looked good. Even if Daniel starts Week 1, it's only a matter of time before Wentz takes over. It may take a few weeks for this offense to click with so many moving parts leading up to the start of the season.
Huge news this morning, folks. NFL.com reports it's a first in 2017 and a fourth in 2018. The Vikings now have their Teddy Bridgewater replacement, although it remains to be seen if Bradford will be starting Week 1. Bradford will see a significant increase in weapons around him in Minny in both the running and passing games. Albert Breer is reporting Chase Daniel will be the Week 1 starter for the Eagles with Carson Wentz waiting in the wings. Wentz is still dealing with a rib injury but it seems it's only a matter of time before he takes over the job - he's now on the fantasy radar. The Birds now have a first round pick next year, making up for the one they lost to Cleveland in the deal for Wentz.
Sunday, July 24, 2016, 2:08pm
Sunday, July 3, 2016, 4:13pm
When it comes to NFL quarterback contracts, a rising tide doesn’t necessarily lift all boats. Just ask Ryan Fitzpatrick, who gained no leverage from contracts given to players like Sam Bradford (two years, $35 million) and Brock Osweiler (four years, $72 million). Ultimately, a quarterback’s value is driven not by what others have gotten, but by what anyone will pay this specific player.
Fitzpatrick, despite the Bradford, Osweiler, and now Andrew Luck deals, can’t get eight figures per year from the Jets, or anything close to that from anyone else. Next year, that same problem could apply to Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
The story went on to say Taylor is due to earn $3 million this year, which when it comes to quarterbacks isn’t peanuts but pressed peanut sweepings. For Taylor, his value next year likely will be driven by the market for mid-level quarterbacks, if anyone out there chooses to pay him a mid-level contract, which currently is in the range of $15 million per year. Luck’s new contract doesn’t change that.
Nelson Agholor was active. The Eagles (desperately?) need him to elevate his play in his sophomore season. They would love for Agholor to develop into a home run hitter, but I’m not sure that he’s a receiver who can consistently take the lid off a secondary. But he has looked smoother running a variety of other routes. He caught an early seam pass from Carson Wentz, a post in the middle of a zone from Sam Bradford and, in perhaps his best moment, caught a comeback throw after he had turned cornerback Eric Rowe around. If Agholor can’t be a consistent deep threat, the Eagles might need to turn to free-agent addition Chris Givens during the season.
Agholor was a 5th round fantasy pick, and failed miserably to live up to that billing. The Eagles' offense is going to run at a much slower pace this year under new HC Doug Pederson, so it's an offense that will have difficulty supporting more than Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz as bona fide fantasy starters.
One of the biggest question marks facing Wentz after he was chosen No. 2 overall out of North Dakota State was; how will his game translate at the next level? It has only been two public practices, so there can’t be enough of a sample size to make an absolute determination, but so far so good. Wentz has shown a plus-NFL arm, accuracy to make every throw on the route-tree and an ability to move the pocket and buy time. Not for nothing, but Wentz also seems be ahead of Sam Bradford in terms of mastering Doug Pederson’s offense.
It's just a matter of time before Wentz is starting for the Eagles, but Bradford could hold the starting job for a while if he proves capable and the team is winning.
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