The Norman Transcript

September 5, 2013

Rams’ Bradford eager to get all his new weapons firing at the same time

By R.B. Fallstrom
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — It’s time to unwrap quarterback Sam Bradford’s new toys in a game that matters.

The St. Louis Rams expect to have a much more dangerous offense given Bradford’s familiarity with the system in Year 2 with coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Plus, they’ve got Tavon Austin, Jared Cook and Jake Long now.

Bradford’s so pumped to play, he joked after practice Wednesday that he’s even looking forward to his weekly media scrum. And no, he wouldn’t rather have another week to school the youngsters.

“I’m ready to go,” Bradford said. “I’m ready to see these young guys out there. It’s going to be really fun to see those guys get out there and light it up on Sunday.”

For the first time in several years, the Rams appear well-stocked at wide receiver, with a rookie who’ll line up all over the place, and with breakaway threats across the board. That includes the hybrid tight end, plus there’s a former No. 1 overall draft pick helping protect another former No. 1.

Now, Bradford gets to dip into the playbook and show how it’ll all work in the opener at home against Arizona on Sunday.

At one end of the spectrum, there’s the 5-foot-8, 175-pound Austin, and at the other there’s Cook at 6-3, 250 pounds. There’s impressive holdovers, too, led by deep threat Chris Givens and lanky Austin Pettis.

“The biggest thing they all have in common is speed,” Bradford said. “We’ve got all different shapes and sizes of guys who are able to make plays.”