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Sam Bradford As A Top NFL Quarterback

Sam Bradford's a difficult player to analyze, as Mike Sando suggests in a recent post about his place among NFL quarterbacks. He was durable and put up some exceptional counting stats in his true-rookie season as a starting quarterback who took every last snap for the 7-9 St. Louis Rams, but he also finished with the lowest non-Jimmy-Clausen yards per attempt total in the NFL. He's in a list with luminaries like Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan, but that's due in part to how few players there are to compare him to. 

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I agree with Sando's conclusion—that he's not a top NFL quarterback now, but it's hard to imagine he won't be in the running for that title soon.

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It's important that he's similar to Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan, even if that's only because there are so few players he could possibly be compared to. In sports it's difficult to be mediocre and strikingly unique for very long; in baseball, for instance, all average hitters look like a lot of other average hitters, but there's only one Albert Pujols or Ichiro. I don't think Sam Bradford is going to be the first player to pull that off. 

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