As far as No. 1 overall draft picks go, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is about as inconspicuous as they come.
“That’s kind of my attitude toward everything. I try to stay as low-key as possible. My goal here is just to come to work every day, get better and help our team win football games,” he said. “We’re trying to build this thing going forward and I think this organization and this team is definitely going in the right direction now.”
Bradford’s in his third season out of Oklahoma. He’s on his third different offensive coordinator in that time, with Brian Schottenheimer in his first season with the Rams.
“Obviously, ideally, I’d be going into my third year in the same offense, but that hasn’t been the case around here. It’s the third one, but I feel like each week I get more comfortable in Schotty’s offense,” Bradford said.
“I really feel like actually having learned two prior offenses, that helps, too, in the fact that maybe I’ve done something similar. I may have run a play that’s very similar to something that Schotty puts in that’s new. So I might have some experience with it even though it’s not the exact same.”
Bradford ranks 22nd in the NFL with an 83.8 passer rating. He’s completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 2,668 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
His numbers across the board are very comparable to Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
At 6-foot-4 and 224 pounds, Bradford has prototypical size and strength for the position.
“He’s improved this year. They started off really rough and as time has gone on I see him getting better and better, more comfortable with the offense and better with the reads,” Bills coach Chan Gailey said. “They take six or seven shots down the field every game and hit a few more it seems like each game. I think he’s becoming a better quarterback.”
Gailey refused to say what his starting offensive line will look like Sunday.
“I mean, we know what we’re going to do, but to be honest with you I don’t want to talk about it right now,” he said.
With center Eric Wood out and right tackle Chris Hairston placed on injured reserve, the Bills will have two new starters along the line. One of those, Sam Young, will be at right tackle.
The mystery is where the other, rookie undrafted free agent David Snow, will play. Snow has split time at center and right guard with Kraig Urbik during the practice week.
“We’ll have five [linemen]. Every play we’ll have five, and some we’ll have six,” Gailey said when asked how they’d line up. “But that’s about as far as I’m ready to go on that.”
For their part, Snow and Urbik said they don’t know where they’ll be yet, and aren’t concerned about it.
“It doesn’t really matter at this point. I’m just trying to help out as much as I can,” Urbik said.
“It really doesn’t make a difference. We’re at home in both places. We’ve been playing guard and center for a long time,” Snow said. “As long as I’m getting to play, it really doesn’t make a difference.”
Wood and defensive end Mark Anderson are out for Sunday’s game with knee injuries. The Bills listed six players as questionable following their limited participation in practice Friday. Linebacker Chris White (back), receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring), defensive tackle Spencer Johnson (ankle) and cornerbacks Justin Rogers (foot), Leodis McKelvin (back) and Aaron Williams (knee) are questionable.
White was a new addition to the report as of Friday.
“Chris White had an issue with his back. He went in, but came back and finished practice,” Gailey said.
Johnson practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day.
“He was better [Friday] than he was [Thursday]. We’re going to talk about it and see how he feels [Saturday] morning before we make a full decision,” Gailey said.
It sounds like Williams will be a game-time decision, but the Bills are being cautious with their approach to him.
“It’ll be close on him. I don’t know if he’ll make it or not, but he did better this week,” Gailey said.
“I want him really close to 100. It’s going to be close. I don’t know if we’re quite there yet.”
The Bills listed 12 other players as probable.
The Rams’ No. 1 receiver, Danny Amendola, is questionable with a foot injury and is expected to be a game-time decision Sunday.
Former Bills linebacker Mario Haggan (elbow) is also questionable for St. Louis, while tight end Mike McNeill (thigh) was ruled out. Running back Steven Jackson (foot) and center Scott Wells (knee) are probable after both practicing fully Friday.