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    Bradford vs. Recent Rookie Starting QBs

    Here is how Sam Bradford compared to some active QBs who started a significant number (9 or more) games as a rookie:

    Attempts
    Bradford 590
    P.Manning 575
    Ryan 434
    Flacco 428
    Stafford 377
    Sanchez 364
    Clausen 299
    Roethlisberger 295
    Freeman 290


    Comments: Think of this as the "degree of difficulty" category. As hard as it is to be a rookie starter, its even harderwhen you have to throw ball more than 30 times per game, as Bradford and Manning did (Bradford broke Manning's rookie record). Big Ben had it relatively easy, as his efficiency ratings will show.

    Completions
    Bradford 354
    P.Manning 326
    Ryan 265
    Flacco 257
    Stafford 201
    Roethlisberger 196
    Sanchez 196
    Freeman 158
    Clausen 157

    Comments: Bradford's number is another rookie record.

    Completion Percentage
    Roethlisberger 66.4
    Ryan 61.1
    Bradford 60.0
    Flacco 60.0
    P.Manning 56.7
    Freeman 54.5
    Sanchez 53.8
    Stafford 53.3
    Clausen 52.5

    Comments: Given Bradford's high number of attempts, you might excuse a lower completion percentage. While he threw a lot of short passes (most of the players on the list did too), his percentage is admirable.

    Passing Yards
    P.Manning 3,739
    Bradford 3,512
    Ryan 3,440
    Flacco 2,971
    Roethlisberger 2,621
    Sanchez 2,444
    Stafford 2,267
    Freeman 1,855
    Clausen 1,558

    Comments: That's a lot of 8-9 yard completions to get to the second highest yardage total in league history.

    Touchdowns
    P.Manning 26
    Bradford 18
    Roethlisberger 17
    Ryan 16
    Facco 14
    Stafford 13
    Sanchez 12
    Freeman 10
    Clausen 3

    Comments: Bradford did a fairly good job putting the ball in the end zone despite few big YAC plays.

    Interception Percentage
    Ryan 2.53
    Bradford 2.54
    Stafford 2.65
    Flacco 2.80
    Clausen 3.01
    Roethlisberger 3.73
    P.Manning 4.87
    Sanchez 5.49
    Freeman 6.21

    Comments: You have to like seeing Bradford near the top of this list.

    Passer Rating
    Roethlisberger 98.1
    Ryan 87.7
    Flacco 80.3
    Bradford 76.5
    P.Manning 71.2
    Sanchez 63.0
    Stafford 61.0
    Freeman 59.8
    Clausen 58.4

    Comments: Yards per attempt pulled Bradford's rating down, but 4th out of 9 for the guy who had the most pass attempts (and, in all likelihood, the words receiving corps) is not bad at all.

    In all, the numbers don't lie. Sam had an extremely good rookie year. A historic year, in many respects, for a rookie QB. Factor in the poor WR corps, injuries at TE, young OTs, and you have to conclude that Sam has the potential to be one of the top QBs in the NFL with a little time and some help.
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    Re: Bradford vs. Recent Rookie Starting QBs

    Couldn't agree more, he had a fantastic year when you factor in that most of our reciever corp wouldn't have made the starting lineup for most teams in the SEC or Big 12.
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    Re: Bradford vs. Recent Rookie Starting QBs

    Let's not forget Bradford was also 3rd in the entire NFL in attempts. Not bad for a bum shoulder that will explode into a million pieces the first time a feather touches it too hard.

    P.S. did you realize you have Big Ben's completion % at 100? He is listed as 196 attempts and 196 completions on your list.

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    Re: Bradford vs. Recent Rookie Starting QBs

    Those are all great accomplishments. To be fair, it should probably be mentioned that Bradford finished with the second lowest YPA number and touchdown percentage of all of the QBs you listed, the lowest in both categories being Clausen. But I think it's safe to say that Sam certainly outperformed many of the expectations fans had of him coming into the season, and provided the Rams give him some help, should be on his way to a great career.

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    Re: Bradford vs. Recent Rookie Starting QBs

    If clayton or avery would have played he would have cracked 4k yards passing.

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    Re: Bradford vs. Recent Rookie Starting QBs

    Quote Originally Posted by berg8309 View Post
    Let's not forget Bradford was also 3rd in the entire NFL in attempts. Not bad for a bum shoulder that will explode into a million pieces the first time a feather touches it too hard.

    P.S. did you realize you have Big Ben's completion % at 100? He is listed as 196 attempts and 196 completions on your list.
    Noticed that as well.

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    Re: Bradford vs. Recent Rookie Starting QBs

    Yeah, yeah, yeah...

    Fixed that!

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