Thursday, August 26, 2010
Rams-Patriots halftime observations
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford has been composed, efficient and impressive through the first half of the Rams’ preseason game against the host Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
He is 15 of 22 for 189 yards and two touchdowns through the first two quarters, leading the Rams on an opening 10-play, 72-yard touchdown drive. The big play was a 32-yard connection to receiver Donnie Avery on a stop-and-go move, with Bradford rolling to his right to avoid pressure before delivering the ball on target. The play was reflective of how sharp Bradford has been.
Aside from the numbers, one of the more impressive aspects of Bradford’s effort has been his command at the line of scrimmage. There have been no delay-of-game penalties and the Patriots have mixed up some of their defensive looks, playing their 3-4 alignment as well as a few different sub packages. The Patriots haven't generated much pressure, giving Bradford time to find his targets.
Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui had a big first half (4 catches, 53 yards, 2 TDs), while receiver Donnie Avery was carted off the field in the second quarter with what appeared to be a serious right knee injury.
More reaction from Bradford’s performance to come from Gillette Stadium.