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Sam Bradford Ready to Get to Work with Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — After a whirlwind 12 hours, Sam Bradford is ready to get to work.

The Vikings new quarterback, acquired Saturday in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, arrived at Winter Park on Saturday and was chomping at the bit to dive into the Vikings offense.

"Get into the playbook as soon as possible," Bradford told about his first priority. "Start talking to the coaching staff (about) how we're going to attack this offense and how I'm going to learn it.

"Really (I'm) just excited," he added. "I can't wait to get in there and get after it."

The Vikings traded for Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, just days after quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending knee injury.

The 28-year-old Bradford missed the entire 2014 season with a knee injury.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Teddy," Bradford said. "When that happened to him and I heard about it, it's something that I could relate to.

"I've been there, I've gone down that road," he added. "Hearing what I've heard about him, nothing but good things, and I know he's going to attack his rehab and he'll be back in no time."

Bradford will have a few familiar faces on the Vikings as he gets settled into his new home.

Vikings tight ends coach Pat Shurmur was the Rams offensive coordinator when they took Bradford in 2010 and helped him win the 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award the same season. Bradford threw for 3,512 yards and 18 touchdowns and set an NFL rookie record with 354 completions during his first season in the pros.

Shurmur was Philadelphia's offensive coordinator and interim head coach in 2015 when Bradford threw for 3,725 yards and set Eagles franchise records in completions (346) and completion percentage (65.0 percent).

"Me and Shurm' have a great relationship," Bradford said. "We spent a lot of time together, and I think he knows me really well as a player and as a quarterback … what I like and things we've done in the past.

"I'm really excited to get to work with him and see him again," he said.

Bradford is also familiar with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. The quarterback was a redshirt freshman in 2006 when both players attended the University of Oklahoma.

"I remember watching his workout and the way he approached the game and handled himself, he really kind of set the bar for everyone at Oklahoma," Bradford said. "He's someone that I've looked up to from college and even into the pros."

View images of the Vikings new QB Sam Bradford after he was acquired pending a physical from the Eagles on Saturday.

Bradford would go on to enjoy a wildly successful career at Oklahoma, winning the 2008 Heisman Trophy after throwing for 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns. He is one of eight players to win a Heisman and be selected with the first pick in the draft.

For now, Bradford's main goal is to immerse himself in learning the playbook in Minnesota.

"Just excited to be here right now, anxious to get into the playbook and start learning the offense," Bradford said. "Really just getting around the guys and meeting my new teammates."

"Given that I've been in several offenses, I'm sure there will be some things that are similar," he later added. "But I think it just takes time, getting in there studying it and trying to learn it."

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