Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Vikings will start QB Sam Bradford against the Packers this evening.
- Rapoport adds that this has been the Vikings’ plan all along for Bradford since they acquired him.
ESPN’s Ben Goessling reports that the Vikings are, in fact, expected to start Sam Bradford at quarterback in Week 2’s game against the Packers on Sunday night.
- Goessling confirms that Bradford took all of the team’s first-team reps this week.
This fits with Packers HC Mike McCarthy’s expectation.
Rapoport says that this was the Vikings’ “tentative plan” going into the opener when they gave the start to Shaun Hill. According to Rapoport, Bradford has been “incredibly good” at picking up the Vikings’ offensive scheme and he would be “very surprised” if Bradford didn’t start in Week 2.
It’s worth mentioning that Charley Walters tweeted earlier in the day that Bradford took all of the first-team reps on Wednesday.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said he wasn’t going to announce anything until later on in the week to prevent further leaks.
Last week, Hill completed 18-of-33 passes for 236 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions for the Vikings.
Bradford, 28, signed a two-year, $36 million contract that included $26 million guaranteed with the Eagles over a month ago. He stands to make base salaries of $7 million and $13 million over the next two years.
Minnesota gave up their 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick for Bradford.
In 2015, Bradford appeared in 14 games for the Eagles and threw for 3,725 yards while completing 65 percent of his passes to go along with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.