The Minnesota Vikings are expected to start Sam Bradford at quarterback for their Week 2 game against the NFC North-rival Green Bay Packers, according to Ben Goessling of ESPN.
Minnesota starter Teddy Bridgewater sustained a serious knee injury in the preseason and the team immediately traded first- and fourth-round picks to the Philadelphia Eagles for Bradford. But there were reports shortly before the opener that suggested Bradford hadn’t quite picked up the offense, particularly the pre-snap adjustments, as quickly as the team hoped.
Shaun Hill, Bridgewater’s backup, started in Week 1 and did not look great in a 25-16 win over the Tennessee Titans. Hill completed just 18 of 33 passes for 236 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Because there was no threat of a vertical passing attack, thanks to Hill’s weak arm, the Titans stacked the box and held Adrian Peterson to just 31 yards rushing on 19 carries.
A 1.9 yards-per-carry average for a player of Peterson’s ability is essentially unheard of. Bradford, while perhaps not worth the draft picks the Vikings gave up, has a stronger arm than Hill and there exists at least the potential for him to throw the ball down the field.
In 14 games with the Eagles in 2015, Bradford completed 346 of 532 passes (65 percent) for 3,725 yards with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He will face in the Packers a team that struggled against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 but won, 27-23.