ST. LOUIS, Mo. (FootballStl) -- Sam Bradford will get the start at quarterback for the Rams on Saturday against the Green Bay Packers. It’ll be his first game action since the ACL injury last October in the game against Carolina.
“Really excited,” said Bradford. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been out there for real and I can’t wait to get back out there. Going through OTAs and going through training camp, I mean, that’s great and all but we’re here to play the game. So to get out there on Saturday and take live snaps I think I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully the guys are looking forward to having me back out there too.”
Bradford watched the preseason opener out of uniform on the sideline, but it wasn’t because his knee was still bothering him.
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“I’ve kind of known all along or at least since I’ve been back, talking to Coach and talking (Head Athletic Trainer) Reggie (Scott) that the plan was going to be to not play in the first one and play in the second one. So, when that happened last week I wasn’t surprised at all.”
Bradford’s back-up, Shaun Hill, may have surprised a few people with how well he played against New Orleans. Hill threw two touchdown passes against the Saints and had a 151.1 quarterback ranking. Regardless of how well Hill plays in the preseason the starting quarterback job belongs to Bradford, who’s about to enter his fifth season in the NFL. It’ll be his third year under offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
“It just feels better,” said Bradford. “I feel like being in my third year with ‘Schottey’ it really allows me to take ownership of this offense. I know exactly what we’re trying to do. I know how I want the plays to be run, how I see things. I think Schottey trusts me more now with saying things and speaking up. So, I think it’s just really allowing me to expand my leadership role in the offense.”
Bradford will likely play at least the first quarter on Saturday and possibly into the second. He says he expects to take a few hits, and get up and know he’s ok. He also wants to avoid pre-snap penalties and be able to push the ball downfield against the Packers.
“You can simulate live periods in practice and you can try to make things as realistic as possible but I don’t think you can ever truly simulate game speed. I think the preseason games are still a touch slower than what they are in the regular season but they are still amped up from practice. And I think, especially with as young as we are on the perimeter, as many reps as we can get during game speed type atmosphere, I think it really helps us. So, yeah I think there’s a lot to be gained from the preseason.”