Prior to last month’s draft, All Pro running back David Johnson predicted the Cardinals will boast the NFL’s top offense this season if Sam Bradford stays healthy.
Now that first-round draft pick Josh Rosen has arrived as Arizona’s quarterback of the future, though, it’s fair to wonder if Bradford will be under center when the season opens.
New coach Steve Wilks addressed the issue on Friday’s edition of Rookie Camp Live, telling NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz that Bradford is atop the depth chart but Rosen can win the job.
Alex Smith was the exception to the rule last year, holding off promising Patrick Mahomes while making a run at the MVP trophy.
As long as he doesn’t faceplant in preseason action, Bradford will enter the season as Arizona’s starter. How long he stays there is up to him — and his increasingly fragile body.
We’ve done OK even with him going through this little funk this last week, Boone said. I think even the last couple of days, he smoked two balls yesterday — one off the pitcher, one to straightaway center. I thought he had a couple good at-bats the day before where he hit the ball the other way pretty well. Matter of time for me with Didi but right now no.
As for Torres, he’s hitting.344 with three homers — including a solo shot in Friday’s 10-5 loss to the Athletics. HE’s also got 12 RBI in 19 games started at second base.
Torres has been hitting ninth.
Boone said he considered moving Torres up in the lineup against Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez on Thursday but he didn’t do it.
Boone said he sees Torres, the team’s top prospect, as a second leadoff man down there.
There’s always that chance I could move him up but right now I like him so much in that nine hole because he becomes like another leadoff hitter down there and gives us such a presence at the bottom of the order, Boone said.