For much of the offseason Sam Bradford’s rehab process from his torn ACL seemed to be kept a secret from the media and the fans. Contrary from what we saw last offseason when Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was under a microscope throughout his process.
With OTA’s starting this week, we finally got a first look at Bradford, and for the most part, Rams fans are going to like what they see from the quarterback and the work that he has done throughout the offseason. Our only look at Bradford was at the pre-draft party right before Fisher and Snead got busy in the war room.
So far in the workouts, Bradford said that he has his good days and his bad days, but everything is right on schedule. As far as working out and running, Bradford said he can “pretty much do everything”, but the coaches are being cautious and keeping him out of contact drills or team drills. The Rams starting quarterback said that he has also been doing some straight-line running which shows that he does have strength in his knee.
Spending so much time in the weight room, Bradford put some extra focus on strengthening his upper body and it shows as he looks bigger in the arms than he has in the past.
“I’m quite a bit stronger up top and I think it’s really carried over to the field.” said Bradford. “I just feel like there’s a little more pop on my ball now. I feel fresher. I just feel really good physically right now, especially upper body wise.”
The Rams are obviously still going to keep it extra cautious with Bradford given his injury history and they would hate to aggravate anything before the real games actually start. Sitting Bradford is no indication as to where the Rams feel he is in his rehab process. Fisher even said,
“(Bradford’s)Moving around great. Yeah, he does everything. He does his role. He does his drops and everything. We’ve got a pitch count on not only his arm but also his drops. He’s doing all the drops and the footwork is really good.”
It is only June, and with three months to go before the regular season, there is no sense in him getting hurt this early or aggravate anything . To avoid any of that, Bradford will sit out half of the OTA’s. The Rams quarterback sat out Thursday’s practices, but did participate in one 7-on-7 period.
It is well known that this is a big season for Bradford, but the Rams have continuously voiced there support and said that he is the man for the job. Bradford looks to be heading in the right direction, but it’s only a matter of time before the real tests begin.