Minnesota Vikings: Sam Bradford is set up for a successful season

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 10: Sam Bradford (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 10: Sam Bradford (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Vikings season is just days away and there is no reason it can’t be a good one for Sam Bradford.

A common question on the internet over the past few years is the question if Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is elite or not. In Minnesota, we know the Minnesota Golden Gopher football team is elite, but is Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford elite? Bradford has the pieces in place to have a great season in 2017.

First and foremost, in 2017, Bradford will at least have time to know the system. Last season, Bradford was traded for and brought in just before the regular season began. Even though the Vikings were able to get by without using Bradford in last season’s season opener, it is still tough to learn a team’s playbook as a whole just days before you are supposed to play. That’s no issue anymore.

In that same category, the offense this season will now be better tooled and formed for Bradford. Last season, the offense was initially designed to be run through Adrian Peterson. Now that Adrian is gone, the offense can be better designed for Bradford. Sure, the Vikings have a great running back core with the likes of Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray, but this season the Bradford will truly be run through Bradford and his abilities.

Maybe the most important piece to the puzzle for Bradford is the awesome pieces that he will have around him. Bradford gets to throw to two of the top 20 wide receivers in the league with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen on his side. Many QBs would be jealous of such weapons, not to mention that the options will just get better for Bradford as the season goes on and Michael Floyd returns from his suspension.

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Bradford also has the basic skills needed to be a really good quarterback. Football fans have known about these skills for a long time and that’s why Bradford was so highly thought of coming out of college. Bradford simply hasn’t put all of his skills together to have a great season. That can change in 2017.

Bradford probably won’t be the league MVP or even the best QB in the division (hello, Aaron Rodgers), but Bradford can definitely turn some heads this season. Bradford might just make the Vikings a playoff team this year.

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Bradford and the Vikings kick off their season in just a couple days. The Vikings open up the season on Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints. Football season is here, folks!