Noting a ‘sense of speed,’ Sam Bradford predicts that the St. Louis Rams will operate an explosive offense this autumn

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Sam Bradford has a lot to prove this autumn in “The Show Me State.”

Surrounded by burners in St. Louis, quarterback Sam Bradford says there’s now a “sense of speed” in the Rams’ potentially explosive offense.

Taken first overall out of Oklahoma in the 2010 draft, the 6-foot-4, 225 pound Bradford was under center for all 16 games last season as the Rams (7-8-1) finished third in the NFC West.

Finally working with quality weapons, Bradford will have tight end Jared Cook and receivers Tavon Austin, Brian Quick and Chris Givens to target in a four-wide package designed by coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

“With the speed we’ve brought in, it really allows us to open things up and put other teams in a bind,” said Bradford, the 2010 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. “I’ve been waiting for this. There’s just a sense of speed now.”

A traditionally feeble organization that only the great Kurt Warner made successful, Rams general manager Les Snead has done a solid job assembling talent and the native Oklahoman now has an opportunity to thrive in St. Louis.

Throwing 45 touchdowns, against 34 interceptions, for 9,378 yards in 42 games as a Ram, Bradford has been reduced to an afterthought since the arrivals of youngsters Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick.

“Waiting for this” type of attack, Sam Bradford will pass for in excess of 4,000 yards this autumn and mature into royalty in the “Rome of the West.”

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