Sam Bradford played as advertised in October, and as a result is just the second St. Louis Rams player in team history to be named Rookie of the Month. Bradford's improvement from month to month was striking and remains one of the most exciting trends to watch over the rest of the NFL season. After a September in which he threw four touchdowns and five interceptions Bradford through seven and three in his five October starts while remaining heavily utilized by a Rams offense that hasn't been able to afford a coddling period.â†µ
The projected numbers for his rookie season are as good as any you'll find in recent NFL history—3348 passing yards, a 58.6% completion rate, 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He and the Rams have an exceedingly difficult route ahead of them to the playoffs, but Bradford's ability to adapt and adjust thus far to Mark Clayton's exit and Steven Jackson's intermittent injuries have left me more confident than I ever expected to be about a rookie quarterback.
And in case you were wondering, the other Ram to be named rookie of the month? Eddie Kennison, but surprisingly not after his five reception, 226 yard performance in Week 15.â†µ