Memo to all NFL teams not named the Rams:
It seems Sam Bradford is having fun again. This is not a good sign for any football team that isn't lining up on the same side of the ball as the St. Louis quarterback.
Until now, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft had made an under-whelming pre-season debut. In two inauspicious appearances as A.J. Feeley's backup, Bradford seemed headed for a backup role.
But then, Feeley sprained his right thumb and, on Thursday, Bradford got his first start. He rarely got flustered and exhibited the same poise and precision that made him a college all-American.
He slipped passes over, between and through New England defenders, completing 15 of 22 for 189 yards and was sacked just once.
There were also two touchdowns.
"It was a blast out there tonight," Bradford said after the game, in comments distributed by the team. "Tonight was really the first time that I had fun. It felt like I was doing what I am used to doing, which is moving the offence ... and scoring points. The first two games ... I never really felt like I got myself in that rhythm."
Head coach Steve Spagnuolo stopped short of declaring Bradford the Week 1 starter. But, he's thinking about it.
"We will watch the film," Spagnuolo said. Chances are it isn't going to look any different than what he saw Thursday. Chances are Bradford will be under centre for the Rams first snap Sept. 12 against the Arizona Cardinals.