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Arizona Cardinals coach considers Sam Bradford as starting quarterback

The Cardinals signed Bradford, 30, to a one-year, USD20 million contract in the offseason, and also selected former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft in April.


Reuters 28 Jul 2018, 09:45 PM United States

Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks made it clear Saturday that he considers Sam Bradford his starting quarterback.

"I don't waver that Sam is our starter," he said, according to the Cardinals' team website. "It is his job to lose."

The Cardinals signed Bradford, 30, to a one-year, USD20 million contract in the offseason, and also selected former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft in April.

Wilks, the Cardinals' first-year coach, said Rosen has "the mentality that he wants to start" and that "competition makes us better across the board." But for now, it seems that Rosen is vying with former Tampa Bay and Chicago quarterback Mike Glennon for the backup job.

"Right now, (the backup spot is) still open and guys are competing," Wilks added. "I think Josh is doing a great job as well as Mike Glennon. Those guys are getting the reps they need. Once we really get into the swing of things - particularly with me it comes down to preseason games and giving guys an opportunity to get in there and perform. We see how they start to separate themselves."

The coach's decision likely will sit well with his players.

Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson, for one, recently said Bradford is a "top-10 quarterback" when healthy.

Injuries have plagued Bradford throughout his career, however. The No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams, Bradford has played in just 80 games over eight years in the league. With Minnesota last season, he played in two games before being lost for the season with a knee injury.

"I get it. It's frustrating for me to be injured as many times as I have," Bradford told reporters Saturday morning. "My mindset every year is that I'm going to go out there and play every game that I can and I am going to stay healthy."

Bradford added this about the condition of his knee, post-surgery.

"It's definitely the best it's felt since the injury last year," Bradford said.

Bradford has a career record as a starter of 34-45-1. He has a completion percentage of 62.5, and he has thrown for 19,049 yards with 101 touchdowns and 57 interceptions.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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