Nobody knows if it’ll be Sam Bradford or Shaun Hill starting for the Vikings against the Titans on Sunday, but one thing is certain: Minnesota is only dressing two quarterbacks, so both need to be ready to play.
In order to get Bradford up to speed with the playbook, he’s been putting in long days working directly with quarterbacks coach Scott Turner. Monday Morning Quarterback’s Albert Breer explained what Bradford’s first four days in Minnesota were like.
“Scott Turner first got his hands on Bradford after the quarterback finished all the post-trade logistics (taking a physical, etc.), at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The two worked together until about 10 p.m., then resumed at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, going straight through until about 8 p.m., time that included two extra hours of 1-on-1 time at both the start and end of the day.
On Monday, Bradford came in an hour early, at 7 a.m., for more 1-on-1 work, and he and the QBs coach went until 6:30 p.m., at which point Scott Turner thought it best that Bradford go home and digest the information. They got in four more hours Tuesday, a typical day off for players, and Bradford was back at 7 a.m. Wednesday.”
Assuming Wednesday was another long day, Bradford has easily put in more than 40 hours already, and that’s not counting any time he might be putting in outside of the Vikings’ practice facility in Eden Prairie.
“Sam’s been in this league a long time,” wide receiver Charles Johnson told Vikings.com. “I’ve been saying all the time that the NFL is a copycat league, so if you’ve seen somebody run a 4-route, it’s a 4-route. You know what a curl route looks like. He’s been around football long enough that he knows what a curl route looks like. He’s just got to get used to how we call the plays and our depths and all of that stuff, but he’s been coming along well.”