Bradford in fold; Vikings not declaring starter for opener


Given that the Philadelphia Eagles were just eight days out from their regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns, and the Vikings were inquiring about their starting quarterback, Roseman chose to cut to the chase.

Bradford was acquired in a trade from Philadelphia on Saturday to give the Vikings another option after starter Teddy Bridgewater went down with a major knee injury in practice last week.

Spielman eyed a more attractive quarterback in Philadelphia, stuffing first- and fourth-round draft picks into the Eagles' dowry to have Sam Bradford's hand in a shotgun marriage.

The Vikings are going to keep the Titans guessing as long as they can about the identity of their starting quarterback for Sunday's opener. "They wouldn't give up a 1 and a 4 to have a guy sit very long".

The most reasonable timetable for the 2010 first overall draft pick to take over is probably the following week for the home game against Green Bay, with Shaun Hill playing this week.

The presence of tight ends coach Pat Shurmur, and his influence on the scheme under offensive coordinator Norv Turner, will be a big help.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Bradford in Minnesota. "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".

"Obviously [the lack of time is] not ideal", Bradford said. They have said that Bridgewater is expected to make a full recovery. Hill, 36, started the second preseason game at Seattle, and generally was solid. "As far as my confidence and my mental approach to things, I don't think that that would really have any effect on myself". "You've got to be ready". At the moment, there is no timetable on when we'll see the former first-round pick on the field again and no real certainty that he can make it back at all. Shaun Hill, who backed up Bridgewater a year ago and has begun his 15th season in the league, is more likely to lead the huddle Sunday at Tennessee.

When asked how he could feel surprised in this day and age of social media and nonstop coverage of the league, Hill said, "I don't read anything you guys write". Both Hill and Bradford will take turns with the first team this week. "So [on Sunday] I kind of got thrown into the fire to learn everything at once, and that's how we're going to have to do it", he said.

He was "shocked" when Zimmer told him Saturday morning the Vikings had traded for Bradford, just like everyone else reacting to the news, although Hill insisted he knew nothing until arriving to Winter Park. I don't know if Bradford is as good a quarterback as Teddy Bridgewater, and he has to get up to speed quickly.