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Sam Bradford spoke highly of successor Carson Wentz’s early performance

By Derek Wetmore

Editor’s note: this story originally appeared on 1500ESPN.com on Sept. 22. With the Vikings set to play the Eagles next week, we’re reposting it to share Vikings’ QB Sam Bradfords thoughts on his successor in Philadelphia, rookie Carson Wentz.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn – The Philadelphia Eagles’ switcheroo at quarterback has turned out to be a benefit to the Vikings so far – granted, we’re all of one game into Sam Bradford’s tenure as Minnesota’s quarterback.

The Eagles traded for Bradford before last year, and signed him to a 2-year, $36 million contract last offseason. After one season with the former No. 1 overall pick under center, Philly drafted Carson Wentz in the first round to be the quarterback of the future.

You could forgive Bradford if he wasn’t pleased with the way that situation played out – he had $26 million in guaranteed money to be the team’s QB, and on draft night, any long term vision in which Bradford was the guy appeared to have gone up in smoke.

But maybe it will work out for both of them.

Bradford is 1-0 as a Vikings starter, and while it’s no guarantee of future success, he was terrific in his debut in purple and gold.

Wentz, meanwhile, is 2-0 leading the Eagles. Bradford was asked this week if he’d seen the rookie’s latest game, one in which the former NDSU star threw for 190 yards and a touchdown without turning the ball over in a win against the Bears.

“I thought Carson played great,” Bradford said. “I didn’t see all of the game, but I saw some of it. From what I saw, he looked really good. I thought he hung in there, made some tough throws, took some hits and delivered some strikes, but that doesn’t really surprise me. I saw that from him in training camp. I expected him to come in and play well, and he has done that.”

The Eagles then traded Bradford to the Vikings for a first round pick and a conditional fourth rounder, which reportedly could turn into a second round pick if the Vikings win the Super Bowl. The Eagles got a haul of draft picks for their presumed starting quarterback when they surprisingly traded Bradford just a week before the season. The Vikings filled a big hole on a talented team after Teddy Bridgewater was hurt in practice and lost for at least the remainder of this season.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Bridgewater’s injury changed the immediate trajectory of two franchises, not to mention more than one career. Bridgewater is one, but of course so is Bradford and so too is Wentz.

Wentz has an opportunity to take over right away.

Bradford has an opportunity to win another job in another city, which should afford him some stability if the Vikings can get their offensive line figured out.

Bridgewater, who was seen by many as a young quarterback on the rise, will now have to rehab the injury and hope be back in time for the start of next season. If Bradford plays well in Bridgewater’s absence, well, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen at quarterback for the Vikings.

The Eagles’ sudden change of plans, just days before the season began, gave the Vikings a reasonable escape route — at least for the time being.

The post Sam Bradford spoke highly of successor Carson Wentz’s early performance appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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