Sam Bradford to start at QB Week 1 for Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals managed to shore up their depth under center this NFL offseason with the additions of quarterback Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen. However, they made it clear that Bradford has had a hold on the starting job from the beginning.
It appears he has done his part of establishing himself as such. The Cardinals released their first official depth chart via Twitter which features Bradford as the starting quarterback.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 4, 2018
The update should come as no surprise. Arizona was in desperate need of some stability following the retirement of quarterback Carson Palmer. Bradford certainly has that potential following a solid stint with the Minnesota Vikings. Before the knee injuries that sidelined him after two games last season, the veteran was coming off his best year yet. He finished the 2016 NFL season with 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns, and just five interceptions while completing a league-leading 71.6 percent of his passes.
While it is a bit of a stretch to assume that he can pick up where he left off, his experience under center could be just what this offense needs. He already has two elite safety nets in wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson. All the Cardinals need to do is find a way to get the ball in their hands.
Of course, Bradford’s track record with injuries still leaves plenty of uncertainty. This is why Arizona invested the 10th overall pick on Rosen. Although the Cardinals would like to take their time with his development, it is vital that he is ready to go at any moment.