Results 1 to 7 of 7
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By RuffRams

Thread: Thomas: Bradford Showing His Skills In Third Season

  1. #1
    r8rh8rmike's Avatar
    r8rh8rmike is online now Superbowl MVP
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    29 Palms, Ca.
    Age
    55
    Posts
    11,302
    Rep Power
    127

    Thomas: Bradford Showing His Skills In Third Season

    Bradford showing his skills in third season

    8 hours ago • By Jim Thomas jthomas@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8197

    Regardless of how you feel about Sam Bradford’s third NFL season, he has made indisputable progress in two areas this season: Throwing the deep ball and running the football.

    The numbers don’t lie when it comes to deep throws. With four games still to go, the Rams already have completed seven passes of 40 yards-plus, which is as many as the Rams completed in 2010 and 2011 combined.

    “I’ve been fortunate to be around some really good quarterbacks,” offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. “I’ve never been around a guy that throws the deep ball better than Sam. I mean it’s really unbelievable. I know Coach Fisher and I talk about it all the time, and then he hits one in practice and we look at each other like, ‘OK, here we go again.’ And then there’s another one.”

    Even when the measuring stick is lowered to completions of 30 yards-plus (the Rams have 15 this season), or 20 yards-plus (they have 32) — the Rams either have exceeded the 2010 and ’11 totals or are on pace to do so by season’s end. Make no mistake, Rams opponents have taken notice.

    “Sam’s a very athletic quarterback who has some gunslinger in him,” Buffalo coach Chan Gailey said via conference call Wednesday. “They’ll throw the ball down the field. They are averaging about seven shots a game down the field, so it really presents a challenge.

    “You cannot sit there and squat (on short routes), and play the run, and do those things that you would like to do versus a strong run team like them. Doing what they’re doing really creates a problem for defenses.”

    Obviously, the emergence of rookie Chris Givens has given the Rams a bona fide deep threat. Givens has five of those catches of 40-yards plus. Danny Amendola, who returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis and may try to play Sunday in Buffalo, has the other two catches of 40-plus.

    After an initial adjustment period, Bradford has proven himself more than capable of getting the ball deep.

    “I think it was just a matter of kind of getting used to some of the personnel we have now,” Bradford said. “But I think it’s been really good for our offense, the fact that people have seen us throw the ball down the field. It’s backed people off. They obviously respect Givens’ speed, and it’s allowed us to use him in some different ways to get completions in other areas.”

    Teams are paying more attention to Givens and the deep ball lately, frequently doubling him over the top, or playing a little softer in coverage. When you’re the first wide receiver since 1966 to have a catch of 50 yards-plus in five consecutive games, teams do take notice.

    “Yeah, they’re clearly aware of his deep speed,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “So, that creates opportunities underneath for him.”

    That has resulted in more short stuff from Bradford over the past two games in general, particularly since Amendola has been sidelined for all but seven plays against Arizona and San Francisco with a foot injury. Even so, Bradford’s yards per attempt is up nearly a yard over his career average entering this season – at 6.9 yards per throw (compared to 6.0). His passer rating (83.8) and completion percentage (60.8) also are on pace for career bests.

    That is no mean feat considering the earlier issues on the offensive line, the Amendola injuries, plus the fact that the Rams have faced seven top 10-ranked defenses in their first 12 games. In comparison, much-ballyhooed rookies Andrew Luck of Indianapolis and Robert Griffin III of Washington have faced only two top 10 defenses this season.

    As for Bradford’s running, he will never be confused for RGIII or Colin Kaepernick, but he already has more carries (28) than in either of his previous two NFL seasons. And he has cracked triple digits this season, with exactly 100 rushing yards, for the first time.

    “Yeah, Schotty is always talking to me about finding QB run lanes and going,” Bradford said. “I like it, especially if teams are going to play us in ‘two-man’ the way that San Francisco tried to do at the end of the game. There’s no one accounting for me. So if they’re going to do that, then I’ve got to show ‘em that I’m willing to run to get them out of that coverage.”

    Defenders often have their backs turned to the quarterback in man-to-man coverage, and don’t see him scrambling right away. Against San Francisco, Bradford scrambled for 14 yards and 11 yards on back-to-back plays against man coverage in the fourth quarter.

    The second scramble resulted in a 26-yard advancement because ***** safety Dashon Goldson was flagged for unnecessary roughness when he slammed into a sliding Bradford. Without those scrambles, the Rams don’t get into position for Greg Zuerlein’s 53-yard field goal at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime tied 13-13.

    Bradford also had a six-yard scramble in the third quarter.

    There were times earlier in the season when Bradford had running room but chose to throw the ball instead. Would Fisher like to see Bradford run more often?

    “Sam’s running just enough right now,” Fisher said. “Sam knows when to run. Sam can escape, buy himself some time, make a completion, throw it away if need be. Then of course in situations where he recognizes specific coverages, like he did in the two-minute drive, he picked up two key first downs for us.”

    If nothing else, it shows that Bradford’s ankle injury of 2011, which was still a concern entering this season, has not been an issue.

    RAM-BLINGS

    The Rams listed RB Steven Jackson (foot) as full participation, and LB Mario Haggan (elbow) as limited on their Thursday injury report. C Scott Wells (knee), TE Mike McNeill (thigh), and C Tim Barnes (personal reasons) did not practice.

    WR Saalim Hakim, who was released from the Rams’ practice squad this week, has been signed to New Orleans’ practice squad.


  2. #2
    citr92 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    California
    Posts
    2,195
    Rep Power
    8

    Re: Thomas: Bradford Showing His Skills In Third Season

    daaang it, was hoping saalim hakim would work out

    ah well, best of luck to him

  3. #3
    mcpeepants232003's Avatar
    mcpeepants232003 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    741
    Rep Power
    12

    Re: Thomas: Bradford Showing His Skills In Third Season

    the thing that has impressed me the most about Bradford is his play in the fourth quarter. He hasn't had a great season but he's had a far better season than last year. Plus he's still only 25 and it takes the majority of quarterbacks 3-5 years to become elite players. Brady's first elite year was at 27 and his firth season, It took Brees until year 4 and age 26. Rogers and Schaub didn't even start until year 4(age 25 and 26). Eli did the same thing.

    I think Sam's biggest problems have been our receivers and line. He's looked much better when Saffold, Amendola and Givens have been in the lineup. Hopefully all three of these guys can finish the regular season and play every game. Sam could put an exclamation point on this season by finishing strong against the weak defensive teams we play in the next 4 weeks(besides the Seahawks). Look at how well Josh Freeman has played since being surrounded by elite talent.

  4. #4
    jmk321's Avatar
    jmk321 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    albany
    Posts
    591
    Rep Power
    14

    Re: Thomas: Bradford Showing His Skills In Third Season

    “I’ve been fortunate to be around some really good quarterbacks,” offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. “I’ve never been around a guy that throws the deep ball better than Sam. I mean it’s really unbelievable. I know Coach Fisher and I talk about it all the time, and then he hits one in practice and we look at each other like, ‘OK, here we go again.’ And then there’s another one.”

    Just another reason to try to go out and sign Mike Wallace. You can't let that talent go to waste with guys like Brandon Gibson.

  5. #5
    mcpeepants232003's Avatar
    mcpeepants232003 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    741
    Rep Power
    12

    Re: Thomas: Bradford Showing His Skills In Third Season

    Gibson is terrible and he's playing more snaps than anyone right now. Signing Wallace would be huge for us.

    A trio of #1 Wallace, #2 Givens and #3/slot Amendola would be our best set of wide receivers in over 5 years and all three are young enough that they could be kept together for a long period of time.

  6. #6
    RuffRams's Avatar
    RuffRams is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Earth
    Age
    25
    Posts
    1,189
    Rep Power
    13

    Re: Thomas: Bradford Showing His Skills In Third Season

    Quote Originally Posted by mcpeepants232003 View Post
    Gibson is terrible and he's playing more snaps than anyone right now. Signing Wallace would be huge for us.

    A trio of #1 Wallace, #2 Givens and #3/slot Amendola would be our best set of wide receivers in over 5 years and all three are young enough that they could be kept together for a long period of time.

    I don't really think we need a Mike Wallace type receiver.

    Mike Wallace is 6'0 199LBS
    Chris Givens is 6'0 198 LBS

    We have our own future Mike Wallace. We have a speedy quick athletic guy in Chris Givens that can turn into Mike Wallace or better. We have a clutch 3rd down slot receiver in Amendola. So for that #1 receiver, we really need a big physical WR. Don't know if Quick can turn into that, but that type of body frame is what we are looking at. (Brandon Marshall, Calvin Johnson, Vincent Jackson, etc etc body type.) That 6'3 over 220 lbs body type, that can make clutch catches. So when I was all for Mike Wallace last year. No need for him anymore, when we have a Mike Wallace of our own.
    Rambos likes this.


  7. #7
    Rambos's Avatar
    Rambos is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Cali
    Age
    50
    Posts
    8,999
    Rep Power
    74

    Re: Thomas: Bradford Showing His Skills In Third Season

    Quote Originally Posted by RamOG View Post
    I don't really think we need a Mike Wallace type receiver.

    Mike Wallace is 6'0 199LBS
    Chris Givens is 6'0 198 LBS

    We have our own future Mike Wallace. We have a speedy quick athletic guy in Chris Givens that can turn into Mike Wallace or better. We have a clutch 3rd down slot receiver in Amendola. So for that #1 receiver, we really need a big physical WR. Don't know if Quick can turn into that, but that type of body frame is what we are looking at. (Brandon Marshall, Calvin Johnson, Vincent Jackson, etc etc body type.) That 6'3 over 220 lbs body type, that can make clutch catches. So when I was all for Mike Wallace last year. No need for him anymore, when we have a Mike Wallace of our own.
    I agree:

    Justin Hunter**, WR, Tennessee
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.

    Keenan Allen*, WR, California
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49

    Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.

Similar Threads

  1. Thomas: Scrutiny Grows For Sam Bradford
    By r8rh8rmike in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: -11-24-2012, 02:46 PM
  2. Thomas: Bradford Has Setback With Ankle
    By r8rh8rmike in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: -12-16-2011, 01:21 PM
  3. Thomas: Bradford Trying To Return
    By r8rh8rmike in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: -12-11-2011, 09:04 PM
  4. Thomas: Bradford Unlikely To Play vs. Saints
    By r8rh8rmike in forum RAM TALK
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: -10-27-2011, 05:57 PM
  5. Replies: 2
    Last Post: -03-15-2010, 07:36 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •