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Bradford: Practice is Best Way to Soak Up Vikings Offense

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Quarterback Sam Bradford's knowledge of the Vikings offense is better than it was at this point last week.

Bradford said Wednesday that it's a day-by-day process of getting a firmer grasp on the finer points of what Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner's system looks like.

"Being able to go through a week of practice, being able to be at the game on the sideline hearing the play calls, kind of visualizing the game in my head, I feel much better now," Bradford said.

Although Bradford said he picked up a lot of details on the sideline Sunday in Tennessee and from watching film, the 28-year-old said the most substantial learning occurred during reps at Winter Park.

"I think there's different things you can take from each perspective," Bradford said. "I think really where I learned the most was last week on the practice field.

"Just getting live reps, getting out there running the plays, calling them in the huddle, getting to the line, going through the calls, hearing the communication … I think last week that's where I noticed the biggest difference and learned the most."

One of the key elements Bradford said has helped him is that he enjoys the ins and outs of Turner's system.

"I think some of the concepts are similar to what I've had success with in the past," Bradford said. "I like the way the read progressions are structured.

"I like the way we talk about the progressions, the way Coach Turner sees things, I feel like I see them fairly similar," he added. "That part has been nice trying to make your transition."

Bradford and Shaun Hill, who started Sunday's win against the Titans, each deferred to Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer when the question was posed as to which one of them would start against the Packers.

"You'll have to ask Coach Zim that," Bradford said.

Added Hill: "You're asking the wrong person."

Hill did say that he thought Bradford has progressed "wonderfully" since being acquired from Philadelphia in a Sept. 3 trade.

The 15-season veteran said Bradford brings a strong skillset to the offense.

"He's very physically talented. I knew he'd be a good fit for this offense as soon as I heard we were trading for him," Hill said. "It was, 'OK, that makes sense. He'll be good in this offense.'"

Bradford noted that if he were to start Sunday in prime time on NBC's Sunday Night Football, that he wouldn't be limited to a certain list of play calls.

"Being here going on my second week, obviously that's not a ton of time, but I felt comfortable with the game plan last week," Bradford said. "It's not the same game plan (this week) but there are some similarities.

"Just hearing the language last week, being around the game-planning process, understanding how it goes here, I think we can definitely have a full plan," he added.

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