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Bradford eager to follow up on strong start
ST. LOUIS -- Sam Bradford is looking to show that his performance last week was not a fluke.
After looking like a rookie quarterback in the first two preseason games, Bradford got a chance to start last Thursday in New England and played like the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. He went 15 of 22 for 189 yards and two scores -- all in the first half -- in leading the Rams to a 36-35 victory.
"Any time you step on the field, you want to play well. You want to help your team win," Bradford said Tuesday after practice. "I felt like I did that last week. Going into this game is no different. I want to do the same thing. When I'm out there with this offense, I want to do everything I can to get the ball in the end zone and help this team win."
He'll get another chance to do that Thursday when the Rams host Baltimore in the team's final preseason game.
Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo is also looking to see if Bradford will continue to progress.
"I think we all agree he had a good game last week," Spagnuolo said. "But in the NFL, you got to do it week in and week out. So, we'll be looking for him to pick up right where he left off last Thursday. "
Despite his showing last week, Bradford knows that he is far from a finished product.
"There are so many things I can get better at," Bradford said, citing footwork, play fakes and making quicker decisions.
Bradford got his shot to play with the starters when A.J. Feeley went down with an injured right thumb in the team's second preseason game at Cleveland. Bradford went into the game, which was played in a steady rain and less than ideal conditions, and went 6 of 14 for 24 yards.
With a short week and Feeley's thumb still on the mend, Bradford was given the start against New England and made the most out of it. Perhaps most important, he felt comfortable for the first time.
"It definitely helped [my confidence]," Bradford said. "The first few games, I felt like I was in the right place with the ball. I was able to get some completions at times. But to go out there and have a game like I did last week definitely helped. It seemed like things finally slowed down a bit and I felt really good out there."
No decision has been made as to whether Bradford will be under center when the Rams open the regular season at home against Arizona. In fact, Spagnuolo is unsure how long Bradford will even play Thursday against Baltimore and its rugged defense.
Typically, coaches play the first team only a series or two. But rookie QBs are sometimes looked at differently.
"We just want to see him get in the groove," Spagnuolo said. "When you think in terms of first offense, first defense, you think somewhere in that 15-play range. But don't hold me to that."
Bradford said he expects to be nervous making his first home start. However, that comes with the territory.
"I think I'll always have butterflies," Bradford said. "The day the butterflies go away, there's something wrong. The first start in St. Louis, obviously, it's exciting. But any time I get an opportunity to start and opportunity to help this team win, it's really exciting for me."
* Wide receiver Keenan Burton left practice with a swollen knee and did not return.
* Behind Bradford, Keith Null and Thaddeus Lewis will battle it out to see who wins the No. 3 quarterback spot. "They're in competition just like a lot of people," Spagnuolo said. "Certainly, this game's important for them."