Kevin Wheeler of Rams Radio Network previews Saturday's game against Packers
Jun 17, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) throws during minicamp at Rams Park. Photo: Image by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Wheeler covers the Rams for ESPN 101.1 in St. Louis, and also works for the Rams Radio Network during the season.
He and the rest of football fans will get their first glimpse at Rams quarterback Sam Bradford on Saturday, when the team hosts the Green Bay Packers in St. Louis. Bradford hasn't played since Week 7 of last season when he tore his ACL against the Carolina Panthers.
Wheeler said there isn't a certain number of snaps the team has in mind for Bradford that they've made public.
"I would guess probably no more than a couple series, and we haven't heard from the Rams whether they've come up with a specific plan," Wheeler told Sports Central on 620 WTMJ.
According to Wheeler, many people around the team feel like the quarterback is the key to any success the Rams could have this season.
"Most of us that cover the team in St. Louis feel like he's the key to everything," Wheeler said, adding, "I think most of what Rams fans can look forward to this year, as far as any kind of any run for a playoff spot or just contention for a playoff spot, is going to revolve around what he does at quarterback."
One Rams player that had a lot of buzz going into training camp was defensive end Michael Sam.
Wheeler said Sam's chances of making the team right now aren't certain, as he is facing a lot of competition on a very impressive defensive line.
"The reality is he still faces a number crunch," Wheeler explained. "He's one of nine or 10 guys battling for defensive line positions, and the first seven or eight of those are pretty much done deals. They're all players that have bigger contracts or are proven players."
Sam might not make the roster, but Wheeler said the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year hasn't done anything to really hurt his case so far in training camp.
"He's not been bad," Wheeler said of Sam. "He's shown a lot of burst when it comes to getting to the quarterback. He's not great when it comes to engaging against the run, but that's why he dropped in the draft anyway."
Check out the rest of the interview above to get the latest on the Packers' opponents on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis.