At some point this season, we expect the Rams to anoint first overall draft choice Sam Bradford as the starter. By the sounds of the reports coming out of Rams camp, that could come sooner rather than later.
Bradford has been worked in slowly as the No. 2 quarterback behind starter A.J. Feeley, part of the master plan laid out by coach Steve Spagnuolo, who has avoided putting out any type of specific timetable. But that might be difficult to avoid if Bradford keeps lighting up practices.
Here’s what Sam Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had to say about Bradford’s progress: “After a sometimes bumpy first week in the NFL, the last six days have been a stunning awakening as he continues to put together eye-opening practice session after eye-opening practice session at such an accelerated pace that Spagnuolo’s timetable for slowly grooming Bradford into the starter’s role might end up being tossed aside before we get halfway through the exhibition season.”
Burwell also notes that Bradford is getting about 50 percent of the quarterback snaps, splitting them between the first and second units.
It still won’t be surprising to see Spagnuolo take the cautious approach with Bradford. As several of our NFL Network analysts pointed out recently, the locker room will see through it if Bradford is given the starting job before he’s ready for it.