Bradford spoke with reporters on Wednesday afternoon for the first time since meeting with the media on Saturday. He talked about trying to get more comfortable, some things he needs to work on and his “short-lived” career as a punt returner.
But maybe the most telling statements he made were when he was asked if he was having fun yet, just a few days into his first NFL training camp.
“Oh, yeah, it’s a blast,” he said. “I think this is the best job in the world. I mean, you get to come to the football facility, get to go to meetings, get to play football. I wouldn’t trade places with anyone. I mean this is a blast.”
There are times when Bradford has struggled already in camp and, basically, has looked like a wide-eyed rookie in his first professional training camp. He has made some bad throws, bad decisions, held on to the ball too long at times and just generally struggled out there.
But he has also showed everyone why he made sense as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft for a Rams team that went 1-15 a season ago with Marc Bulger, Kyle Boller and Keith Null at quarterback.
“There’s nothing to discourage me,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “You know, like all the quarterbacks out there he had some good throws and some bad ones. He threw one into the wind today that kind of floated up there. I’m sure he wanted that one back. I do like the fact that when he makes a mistake, boy, he’s got some… he’s not very happy and he shows it. That’s a good thing. He’s got some feisty to him. I think that’s good in a quarterback.”
Bradford has dealt with having more and more thrown at him every day.
“I feel good,” he said. “We’ve put a lot in every day. I will say the first two days I felt really good because I pretty much knew everything, and then the more we put in, the more I have to think. Not slower, but you just start thinking a lot more, everything that is coming at you. So the more I’m out there, the more comfortable I become. I think once we get everything in, and I’ve repped everything, I’ll feel more comfortable. But I feel very comfortable in the huddle, I feel very comfortable executing on plays right now. I think it’s a matter of me really adjusting to this speed and all the different variations that can occur in a play.”
What Bradford is lacking most just a few days into his first training camp is experience. When he was asked what is the one thing he needs to work on, the quarterback said “I don’t know if there’s just one thing.”
“I mean, today we went through a blitz period, all of the different blitz pickups,” Bradford said. “Obviously that just takes time and experience. It’s something that I need to work on. I don’t want to get myself killed if I do get out there. I think once I get in the film room, study a little bit more of our protections, how they work, how the blitzes work, how we can get protected, what we need to get out of, I think that will be very helpful for me.”
But it is obvious from his comments that he’s getting more comfortable.
“I think the more I’m out there, the more repetitions I get, the more comfortable I become,” he said. “I think the more situations I’m put in, every day we have a special category, we go through something new. Today we had a blitz period. So the more things that I’m exposed, to the more comfortable I become.”
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