Bradford in fold; Vikings not declaring starter for opener

When running the same simulation with Sam Bradford quarterbacking the Vikings, the results are only slightly better. The Vikings have been planning to make versatile running back Jerick McKinnon more of an integral part of the offence, too.

The quarterback was acquired Saturday from Philadelphia, and was whisked to the Twin Cities by private jet.

The Vikings are going to keep the Titans guessing as long as they can about the identity of their starting quarterback for Sunday's opener.

"It's been great. Like I said from Day 1, me and Shaun had a great relationship in St. Louis", Bradford said. "It takes a team to win a championship, so we're still chasing the same thing".

Despite trading for quarterback Sam Bradford on Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback situation is not as clear-cut as it might seem. Minnesota sent a 2017 first-round pick and a conditional fourth-round pick to Philly in exchange for Bradford.

Bradford won't slow down before Sunday. He went through his second Monday, and spoke afterward to reporters.

Early in the week, Bradford said the goal was simply "to progress to that point to where I feel comfortable enough to get out there and play if I'm needed to". "But I can't tell you if that's going to be the case or not".

Bradford doesn't yet have his name on the back of his No. 8 jersey.

The 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year shared that he had been traded before but not this way where he just needs a couple of days' practice before the season starts.

"It felt better (Monday) than it did (Sunday), that's for sure, " Bradford said.

The Vikings expressed confidence in Hill after Bridgewater went down in practice with a dislocated knee, torn ACL and other significant damage. But as he said in the Eagles' training camp last month, he has seen plenty of change in his National Football League career. There's a ton of talent in there. But four days later they made the bold trade to get Bradford. Granted, Vikings fans have endured a lot of tough losses, but this was definitely top 2, top 3 all time. "So [on Sunday] I kind of got thrown into the fire to learn everything at once, and that's how we're going to have to do it", he said. After a trade with Denver couldn't be worked out, Bradford returned as the starter and played well in the preseason in new coach Doug Pederson's offense. I know he's been here working hard to try to do that.

"It's not an extreme difference for what we're doing this week, to be honest with you".

The presence of tight ends coach Pat Shurmur, and his influence on the scheme under offensive coordinator Norv Turner, will be a big help. It also means Zimmer is likely giving Bradford as much time as possible and as many looks as he can to show he's ready to play for the Vikings.

On the surface, Bradford (65 percent, 3,725 yards, 19 TD, 14 INT) wasn't anything special a year ago, but he did improve throughout the season.

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