New Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford addressed the media on Monday for the first time since he was traded this weekend and it did not take very long before someone asked him about his chances to play in the team’s first 2016 regular season game this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
With just two days of practice with the Vikings now under his belt, Bradford answered the question as best as he could.
“That’s the goal, to progress to that point where I feel comfortable enough to get out there. Play if I’m needed to. But I can’t tell you if that’s going to be the case or not.” – Sam Bradford
Bradford added that he has only been able to learn “a very small percentage” of Minnesota’s playbook in the past two days, but that he also feels, “pretty good,” with what he has been taught as a member of the Vikings so far.
Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer also spoke to the media on Monday and commented that indeed, “it’s possible,” that Bradford could play against the Titans.
For now, Shaun Hill is presumed to be the team’s starting quarterback when the team heads to Tennessee this weekend. But based on Bradford and Zimmer’s comments on Monday, it would not be too surprising if a quarterback change was made before the game.
To help Bradford’s chances at playing versus the Titans on Sunday, his familiarity with current Minnesota tight ends coach Pat Shurmur could end up helping speed up the learning process before kickoff. Shurmur was Bradford’s offensive coordinator in both 2010 with the St. Louis Rams and in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Given that Zimmer would not reveal the status of his quarterback during a preseason game a few weeks ago, do not expect the Vikings to announce who will start under center against Tennessee until they absolutely have to.