No rookie created more buzz over the weekend than Dez Bryant. He had a meeting with Michaei Irvin. Wade Phillips called him the best rookie he has ever seen. And then Bryant limped off the field at Cowboys Stadium with a sprained ankle.
Sam Bradford, on the other hand, quietly went about his business in St. Louis during minicamp with the Rams. If the No. 1 pick of the draft is going to be overlooked, it’s probably OK with him right now.
“He's very smart. Got a great command of the huddle. He's got great attention to detail,” offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said. “By the end of the weekend, he was repeating things like he got 'em in the installations. And he's very talented. So you take the talent and then the 'work hard' and I think he progressed well in five practices.”
By design, Bradford took every snap over the three days under center. They want to work on that after he spent the majority of the time in the shotgun at Oklahoma. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, only two exchanges in five practices were botched. The coaching staff spent hours on the phone with Bradford in the days leading up to the minicamp drilling Bradford and he responded well.
Now, it will be up to Bradford to show what he’s retained and that he is ready for more when he’s called upon again.
“I felt like I was in the right place most of the time with the ball,” Bradford said. “But even at the speed we were playing this weekend, I was a half a count or a count late. It may not look like it, but I know it when I let it go, if I can get it out just a half-count quicker, it's that much better.”
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