The Vikings may have sent a first- and conditional fourth-round draft picks to the Eagles to acquire Sam Bradford, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be the starting quarterback in Week 1. In fact, Shaun Hill actually remains atop the depth chart for the time being.
This according to Ben Goessling for ESPN.com, who noted Hill was ahead of Bradford on the team’s first unofficial depth chart. It was also Hill taking reps with the first-team offense during the period that was open to reporters. For that matter, even Bradford doesn’t sound too confident he’ll get the call when the Vikings head to Tennessee for their tilt with the Titans on Sunday.
“That’s the goal, to progress to that point to where I feel comfortable enough to get out there and play if I’m needed to,” Bradford said Monday. “But I can’t tell you if that’s going to be the case or not.”
Coach Mike Zimmer said he’ll divide the first-team snaps in practice between Bradford and Hill, so this is by no means definitive. In theory, there’s plenty of time for Bradford to show he’s the better option right out of the gate.
Of course, eight days is far from plenty of time to learn a new offense, so it should come as no surprise the Vikings are hedging their bets either. While Bradford may be the more physically talented of the two, Hill’s familiarity with the system and his teammates might give him the edge for a little while.
At least it has so far. Come Sunday, we’ll find out what Zimmer and the Vikings are really thinking.