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Bleacher Report – Vikings

QB ‘competition’ is old hat for Hill, new for Bradford

By Matthew Coller

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Sam Bradford’s response to a question about whether he had ever gone into a week competing with another quarterback for starting position was noticeably different than Shaun Hill’s answer.

“Ummm…no,” Bradford, who was a No. 1 overall draft pick and Heisman Trophy winner, said.

Hill, a 36-year-old career backup with 34 starts, spent his 10 minute media session talking mostly been-there-done-that.

“I’ve always taken the same approach no matter what the case is,” Hill said. “I’ve done it year after year and week after week, so having that as my background, it hasn’t been that challenging.”

The long-time No. 2 was expecting to be locked in as the starter after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending knee injury. He said he was taken aback by GM Rick Speilman’s blockbuster trade.

“I would call it more of a shock,” Hill said. “I was a little bit surprised, but it doesn’t affect my approach or the way that I approach my profession.”

Hill was called into action to start eight games in 2014 for the St. Louis Rams after Bradford suffered a knee injury.

The two Vikings quarterbacks split reps again in practice as head coach Mike Zimmer remained mum on, well, everything concerning the quarterback decision for Week 1.

“We have three more days of practice so I’ll watch practice and see what he’s comfortable with, there’s a lot involved in this decision,” Zimmer said.

When will the world know the identity of the starter against the Tennessee Titans?

“I won’t announce it,” Zimmer said. “You can watch on TV.”

When will the players know?

“When I decide,” he said.

So there’s that.

Hill said he won’t be reading Twitter or watching TV looking for hints that he’s the guy.

“I don’t read anything that you guys write or turn on the television unless it’s Disney Junior, so unless it’s scrolling across the bottom of that then I’m probably not going to see it,” Hill said.

Bradford spoke to the media after Hill was done and gave an update on his progress learning the Vikings’ offense.

“Much more comfortable than on Sunday,” he said. “Just being around here for a couple days, it helps watching film, having meetings, talking with coaches about the plays, just going through things and getting reps in practice, I’m much more comfortable than I was when I just got here and was on the field the next day.”

The Vikings’ new quarterback acknowledged how difficult his task is to prepare on short notice. He also pointed out the possible effect that constantly changing systems has had on his career.

“You look at guys who have had a lot of success in this league and they are very comfortable in their systems,” he said. “I haven’t had much stability in my career, so I’m not sure what that’s like. I do know the couple years I was in one system, my comfort level was exponentially higher than it was Year 1. There is a little ‘hey, it’s just football’ but I think the most time and reps you have in a system, the better.”

Will he pull an old gunslinger move and demand to start whether he’s ready or not? It doesn’t sound like it.

“This is their decision,” Bradford said.

The post QB ‘competition’ is old hat for Hill, new for Bradford appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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