Is Vikings' Sam Bradford ready to be an elite NFL QB?

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Then he was dealt to Philadelphia in 2015 and to Minnesota in 2016.

With an already reserved demeanor, Bradford was especially quiet off the field previous year.

"You know, when you're hitting on all eight cylinders as an offense, I wouldn't say it's easy to play quarterback, but it's easier", head coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday, a day after the Vikings improved to 3-1 in season-opening games under Zimmer. "Guys made catches in the passing game, and we got the running game going". I think they're more comfortable with me now.

Bradford was particularly demonstrative Monday following his touchdown passes, whether yelling in celebration toward the Vikings sideline or approaching Rudolph with a hard slap to the helmet.

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Bradford threw for 346 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions in route to a 29-19 victory.

Bradford set a Vikings record for highest completion percentage in a season opener at 84.4%, and is only the 3rd Vikings QB to pass for more than 300 yards in a season opener.

"I said this offseason, 'This will be a big year for Sam, '" Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said.

Also limited was linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, who's been dealing with a hamstring injury, and linebacker Anthony Barr did not participate in Wednesday's practice due to a hamstring injury. Both of those players sat out the Vikings game against the Saints.

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