He will have to for the sake of Minnesota Vikings fans after his shock trade from the Philadelphia Eagles in the past few days.
The former No. 1 Draft pick was traded to the Vikes for a 2017 first-round pick and 2018 fourth-round pick, with all playing rosters needing to be trimmed to 53 by Saturday for beginning of the season.
Teddy Bridgewater’s gruesome ACL injury meant long-time back up Sean Hill looked likely to take the reins. The Vikings’ decision to grab Bradford, however, signals their intent to win the Super Bowl here and now.
And it looks like the right move to make, considering that one of the greatest running backs in recent years is nearer the end of his career than the beginning.
Adrian Peterson is THE man on offence for the Vikings. Last year Bridgewater only threw 14 touchdown passes for the season, and Minnesota still featured in the play-offs.
This is a team built on the running game. Clearly the powers that be feel Bradford can help set this up while still having the ability to hit the passes when needed.
However the jury is still out, with Bradford not having fully proven this ability in his injury-ravaged career thus far.
This trade also has a massive bearing on Bradford’s former club.
Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz was likely to sit behind Bradford and Chase Daniel in the Eagles’ QB pecking order and develop across this season. The raw, but talented slinger now could be set to start round one against the Tennessee Titans.
In other moves, Mark Sanchez was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Dallas Cowboys (as was expected) to play back up to rookie QB Dak Prescott.
Other surprising releases include Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett, Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton and New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner.