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The Sam Bradford I saw in two days of practice at Rams training camp was the one who carved up the Patriots' first-team defense.
The Bradford who struggled in the first two preseason games? That was a rookie working with mostly second-team offensive players. I am writing that guy off.
A.J. Feeley's injury might have been the reason for Bradford starting last night, but it was clear that it's his team. If it's not, I seriously have to question head coach Steve Spagnuolo's direction.
Bradford was sharp, assertive, cool under pressure and accurate. He was poised and, at times, explosive. He just missed on a couple of long balls, one to Donnie Avery and one to Laurent Robinson, though the Avery pass looked right in the bread basket to my eyes, but with solid coverage.
All in all, he had a welcome-to-the-NFL type of game, and not in a bad way. I thought he looked like a No. 1 pick. The Patriots rushed, they played coverage, they mixed it up. And all through it, Bradford got rid of the ball well, delivered it accurately and made mostly good decisions.
It's going to be fun to watch, and yet, especially with Avery likely going down with what appeared to be a serious knee injury, you have to wonder what Bradford's limitations will be.
The lack of refined WR and TE talent is obvious. Yes, there are a few intriguing players who could help. TE Michael Hoomanawanui looked like a very nice player last night, and Mardy Gilyard might turn into something at some point. But it's going to be the Bradford and Steven Jackson show this season with no other real game changers on offense.
I'll say this: The Rams are not a good football team yet, but they played like one last night, thanks in large part to Bradford's command. They'll beat someone this season they are not supposed to and will win a division game or two.