Only one more month until the NFL regular season finally begins. It’s about time right? 2014 will be a big year for the Rams and in order for the team to take the next step, it will all depend on their players producing. One of those players being Sam Bradford.
Over the next week, I will go over the projections for the running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, defense, and special teams for the St. Louis Rams. Today we have the projections of the quarterback position and Sam Bradford.
NFL.com- 3,590 yards, 27 TDs, 14 INTs
ESPN.com- 288/486, 3,121 yards, 21 TDs, 14INTs
2013 stats- 159/262, 1,687 yards, 14 TDs, 4 INTs
Somewhere between 3,000 and 3,500 yards for Bradford in 2014 is a pretty fair projection especially given that the Rams are headed into a more run oriented offense. Last season Colin Kaepernick passed for 3,100 yards and Russell Wilson threw for 3,300 yards. Both quarterbacks who also play in the NFC West, also play in a run oriented offense.
As far as touchdowns go, in Bradford’s first season in Brian Schottenheimer’s offense he threw for 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, but through seven games last season he had only thrown four interceptions to go along with 14 touchdowns.
Somewhere between 20-30 touchdowns for Bradford in 2014 would be a fair assessment. In Bradford’s only full seasons as a starter he has thrown for 18 and 21 touchdowns, 18 touchdowns being in his rookie season. Bradford was on pace for 32 touchdowns last season before his injury, but with the Rams running the football more, it is unlikely that Bradford get more than 30.
For interceptions, both of these projections are fair to give Bradford 14. Last season Bradford was careful with the football throwing only four interceptions through seven games, and the most Bradford has ever thrown is 15, which was in his rookie season. At the end of the day I’d say anywhere between 10-15 is where Bradford will likely end up.
These are only projected stats and they don’t mean a whole lot other than to give you an idea of where a player will finish at the end of the season. If Bradford were to throw for 3,300 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions it wouldnt be a bad season per say. The only question is, would it be enough to get the Rams over the hump and into the playoffs?