QB1: Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford had a good year in Minnesota in 2016. Bradford had career and league record in completion percentage, but was thrown into a difficult situation. Not many quarterbacks could join a team eight days before the season begins and play at the level that he did. Bradford has the off season to assert himself as the signal caller in 2017. If he can establish chemistry with the wide receivers and tight ends, he should see an increase in efficiency stats.
Completion percentage aside, Bradford will need to improve a below league average 7.0 yards per attempt. Bradford has good touch throwing the ball down the field but he will need to do it more often. The Vikings playoffs hopes lie heavily on a few factors, and Bradford is one of them. Offensive Coordinator Pat Shumur will need to play to Bradford’s strengths and provide game plans that allow Bradford to attack opponents intermediately. Ideally, the Vikings should try to push the ball further down field, even if that means a slightly lower completion percentage.
QB2: Case Keenum
Case Keenum fills the Vikings quota for former Rams quarterbacks on the roster. Keenum started nine games last season and threw for nine touchdowns and eleven interceptions. Though the same age as Bradford, Keenum will provide youth and experience at the backup quarterback position they lacked last year. He should have little problem asserting himself as the number two quarterback, but Keenum must battle Taylor Heinicke for the spot. The Vikings current roster is arguably one of the more talented rosters that Keenum has been a part of, but he must prove reliable during training camp.
QB3: Taylor Heinicke
The Vikings will likely keep three quarterbacks on the roster if Taylor Heinicke can put together another impressive training camp. Last year Heinicke had a chance to seize the backup job from Shaun Hill, but engaged in unfortunate altercation with a door, in which Heinicke lost. This year Heinicke can become the number two, but he must battle former Rams quarterback Case Keenum. He showed some ability in 2015, and it forced the Vikings to keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. The former Old Dominion quarterback must showcase more than just a few flashes against back up talent if he wants the backup job.
Other Quarterbacks on Roster