Sam Bradford had his best game of the 2011 preseason Thursday, going 7-for-11 and averaging 12 yards per attempt to go with his touchdown pass to Lance Kendricks on an outstanding play-action fake to Steven Jackson. The boost in numbers puts his preseason totals to 31-for-54 for 411 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions. The quarterback rating goes to well over 90 with that performance, but the major change is in his Y/A, which had been a disappointing 6.5 over the first three games. Now: 7.7.
That's considerably better than rookie-season Bradford, but it's worth comparing this small sample size to his last small sample size, the 2010 preseason that saw him win the job from A.J. Feeley in the first place.
And the good news is that Bradford's been much better than that debut, too; he was 33-53 then, for just 338 yards and three touchdowns. No interceptions, but you can see already the conservatism that paralyzed the Rams' offense in 2010. And that will hopefully be exorcised forever with Josh McDaniels around.