Is St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford poised for a breakout year this season? It’s possible, but we haven’t seen many signs from him that he’s ready to take his game to the next level.
A season ago, Bradford only played in 10 games because of a high ankle sprain that kept him sidelined. In those 10 games, Bradford threw for just six touchdowns while tossing six interceptions. He also fumbled the ball a paltry 10 times in those 10 games.
A quarterback putting the ball on the ground 10 times in 10 games while throwing the same amount of interceptions as touchdowns is not a guy you want on your fantasy football team.
Bradford’s rookie season was better in nearly every facet. He was healthy (played in all 16 games), fumbled the ball less (still seven times) and put up over 1,000 more passing yards than his sophomore season (3,512 yards compared to 2,164 yards), although keep in mind he played six fewer games his sophomore year.
Anyway, even in his rookie season, Bradford wasn’t stellar.
He threw 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Compare those numbers to a quarterback whose team missed the playoffs last season, Tony Romo, who had 31 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions, and Bradford’s numbers look even murkier.
Bradford could be ready to have a breakout season in his third professional year with the Rams, but he’s going to have some added pressure on his shoulders.
If you recall, the Rams held the second overall pick in this year’s draft. St. Louis traded the second overall selection to the Washington Redskins for a banquet of draft picks in the future.
Adding all of those additional picks is certainly the right move, but now Bradford will have his career compared with RG3. If Robert Griffin III gets off to a hot start and Bradford struggles again, Rams fans will not be happy.
It doesn’t help that Bradford lost his biggest weapon, Brandon Lloyd, to the New England Patriots this offseason.