With news coming from ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that Bradford will miss the 2014 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the Rams will almost certainly turn to veteran Shaun Hill to replace him. In Hill, they have an in-house replacement they believe to be an upgrade over Kellen Clemens, the quarterback who replaced Bradford last year.
But Hill is 34 and what was already an uncertain picture at the game's most important position just became a lot fuzzier. Bradford is scheduled to count $17,610,000 against this year's salary cap. His number for next year is a daunting $16,580,000. And he's headed for his second left knee surgery in less than a year.
Forgetting the Rams' inability to reach the playoffs or even post a winning record under Bradford's guidance for a moment, the harsh reality is that there's no longer any debate about whether Bradford should be the team's quarterback of the future. Once this season ends, Bradford will have missed 25 consecutive games over two seasons.
It looks like the Rams are going to have to alter their future at QB. It's easy to say now, but the Rams could have addressed the position with the second and 13th picks this past draft. It will be interesting to see their plan considering they are a very young and upcoming team.
Jul 29, 2014 · 8:28 AM EDT
Before his season-ending knee injury in Week 7, Rams QB Sam Bradford appeared headed for his best year, with 14 touchdown passes as opposed to four interceptions.
The Rams were 3-4 with Bradford and it could be argued he might have made enough impact to turn the tide in narrow home losses the next two weeks against the Seahawks and Tennessee Titans. The Rams went to a ground-oriented offense under journeyman backup Kellen Clemens and finished with seven victories for the second straight season.
“Sam Bradford gets hurt, you change your entire game plan,” Rams general manager Les Snead said.
Once again, this is considered a make-or-break season for Bradford who is a former number-one overall pick. For as good as Bradford was playing, last year, he was #11 QB in that span which made him a borderline starter in slightly deeper leagues. This year, Bradford is out of our top-20 at the moment and isn't getting drafted, but certainly has the potential get back on the fantasy radar once the season starts.
Tevin Reese, drafted in the seventh round, is improved from the five spring practices open to the media. He's more assertive, better at double moves and more apt to pluck the ball. The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder confirmed his blocking needs much work.
"Kid can smoke," quarterback Kellen Clemens said.
Talking about the slender Reese, receiver Malcom Floyd invoked a well-known undersized pass-catcher.
"That's how DeSean Jackson was -- little and fast," Floyd said. "He shocked the NFL."
Reese is a name to remember if Malcom Floyd isn't his usual self. The Chargers have proved that they are not afraid to work a rookie (Keenan Allen) in immediately if the need and talent is there.