Bradford To Start Against Ravens Thursday

There appears to be two reasons why the St. Louis Rams, according to the Associated Press, will start quarterback Sam Bradford next Thursday in their preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

The first is A.J. Feeley’s health. Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo says that it is unlikely that Feeley will be ready in time for Thursday’s game due to his sprained thumb on his throwing hand.

The second reason – and probably the likeliest one – is Bradford’s performance against the New England Patriots (15-of-22 for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns).

Bradford looked comfortable out on the field during his time there, making few of the rookie mistakes that first-year quarterbacks make. And it was a night-and-day difference from his two previous games when he went 12-of-27 for 81 yards.

Interestingly enough, Feeley was designated the Rams’ starter before training camp. But with the huge contract and high expectations, St. Louis probably had little choice but to at some time during the 2010 season start Bradford. So in a sense, anything that Feeley had previously done probably would have gone for naught anyways.

A week from today should give us a better idea as who will start the Rams’ season opener agaisnt the Arizona Cardinals. Should Bradford start that game, it shouldn’t come as a shock to any of you – whether you’re a Rams fan or not.

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One Response to “Bradford To Start Against Ravens Thursday”

  1. Jimmy says:

    Loved what I saw out of Bradford the other night. What goes unsaid is that this guy has a really strong arm. Maybe he isn’t Jay Cutler, or Matt Stafford, or Aaron Rodgers, but Bradford can make every throw necessary. I’d like to see him start right from the get-go this season. Sure he’ll take his lumps on a bad team like the Rams have, but game experience is so crucial to developing a young QB. Bradford looks like he has all the physical tools necessary to be a great QB. Now he just needs to continue to learn the NFL game and get more and more experience.