Hello, friends.

The 2016-17 Deep Ball Project (DBP) isn’t finished yet, but it is more than halfway complete as of this writing. I’m currently busy writing in the entries of the quarterbacks I have watched (the ones that started a minimum requirement of 8 games), and so you can get an idea of what the DBP will look like, this article features a sample of Sam Bradford’s downfield passing log.

I will try to complete and release the article as soon as next month, maybe earlier if things are ahead of schedule, but for the meantime, enjoy this sample.

Sam Bradford (Minnesota Vikings)

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When the Vikings traded for Sam Bradford to backup the injured Teddy Bridgewater before the 2016 season began, it was met with a polarized reception. The tide of that changed when the Vikings started 5-0, but came back when they finished the season 8-8, with much of the criticism coming at the front office for trading for Bradford.

All things considered, however, you just may be surprised by Bradford’s downfield passing. His reputation is that of a short passer, but that’s unearned. Playing behind the worst offensive line in the league, little time is given for Bradford to develop his reads or the receivers to progress on their routes, leading to missed opportunities and sacks.

But when Bradford was able to release the ball, he did it with extreme efficiency. If you’re aware of my past work, you’ll know Bradford was graded highly in the 2015-16 DBP. Usually, there’s nowhere to go but down, but Bradford found a way to go up, further increasing his accuracy with tight, precise downfield bombs hitting receivers in stride and away from defenders. His arm talent and velocity control are both sublime, and compared to the rest of the league, threw him on a pedestal.

Bradford’s downfield passing isn’t just underrated, good, very good, really good, or great. It’s sensational. Look for yourself and see a quarterback with tremendous deep passing ability.

FINAL GRADE: A+

2 thoughts on “2016-17 Deep Ball Project Sample: Sam Bradford

  1. Hello,

    just one question from me.
    How high would you classify the impact of an good deep WR on a average deep passing QB?
    For me, accuracy is an QB thing only. It doesn’t really matter, how good an WR is, accuracy is the skill to get the ball to an certain spot on the field.

    For Example: How much will the DeSean-Jackson-Signing help the struggling deep Ball from Jameis?

    Appreciate your work.
    Sorry for possible mistakes in grammar or something like that, English isn’t my native language.

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    1. Hi there, I apologize for the late response. A good WR can help make a throw easier for a QB, but ultimately it depends on if the accuracy is good at the end. If the throw is completed but is too high, behind, or wide, it’ll be marked down as inaccurate. As you can probably guess that leads to a variety of different situations so it depends on the context. I think Jackson will help Winston, though Winston needs to improve his downfield accuracy. It was bad when going further than 20 yards last year.

      Appreciate your question, thanks!

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