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Sam Bradford (almost) named NFL Rookie of the Month

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 26: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome on September 26 2010 in St. Louis Missouri.  The Rams beat the Redskins 30-16.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 26: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome on September 26 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Rams beat the Redskins 30-16. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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St. Louis Rams rookie QB Sam Bradford was a finalist for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month award for September, which ultimately went to Lions RB Jahvid Best.

No doubt about it, Best is off to a great start. Bradford leads all rookie and second year quarterbacks in passing yards, tied with Josh Freeman for completion percentage (59 percent) and has the seventh most passing attempts (117) of any QB in the league. Check out Bradford's stats through three games, notice anything?

Week 1: 32-55, 58.2 percent, 253 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT, 2 sacks, 53.1 rating
Week 2: 14-25, 56 percent, 167 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 3 sacks, 86.6 rating
Week 3: 23-37, 62.2 percent, 235 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 sack, 78.1 rating

As the weeks have gone by, Bradford's shown improvement with each outing. Combine that with the improvement the team around him showed between weeks 2 and 3, and you could really have something here. Seattle is allowing 315 yards per game through the air this season, so Sam could really pad his stats and help his team get a win this week. 

September may not have been Bradford's month for rookie honors, but it's a good bet that one of the coming months will be. He's also one of the top contenders for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, though that's a tough road for a rookie QB.

The other Rookie of the Month candidates were:

DAL WR/PR Dez Bryant
NE TE Rob Gronkowski
NE TE Aaron Hernandez
KC TE Tony Moeaki
PIT C Maurkice Pouncey
TB WR Mike Williams

Check out The Bradford Watch for a complete look at Sam's rookie season and where it might be headed.