Sam Bradford continues to receive criticism, and most… well, some, of it is fair.

He does lock on to receivers a bit too much. He does check down way too much. His pocket presence is poor, at times. He sometimes waits to long to launch the deep pass, resulting in underthrows.

But… when you step back and look at the numbers after 5 games, this is what you’ll find:

Yards: 13th in the NFL (ahead of Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck)

Touchdowns: 5th (tied) in the NFL (ahead of Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady, Joe Flacco, Colin Kaepernick)

Passer Rating: 14th in the NFL (ahead of Tom Brady, Robert Griffin III, Andy Dalton, Cam Newton)

Completion %: 21st in the NFL (tied with Russell Wilson, ahead of Joe Flacco, Colin Kaepernick and Tom Brady)

I’m only going to draw one conclusion from these numbers: there is still hope for Sam Bradford.

I want to see him throw the ball down the field more. I want the Rams to tear up a portion of their playbook (under the heading: short passes). I want to see more designed rollouts and bootlegs from Bradford (who is better on the run than most realize — remember hos rookie season under then offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur?).

But don’t tell me there’s no hope.

The numbers and I disagree with that notion.

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