When you think of quarterbacks who are known for throwing the deep ball, a few names probably come to mind.
You might think of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Matt Ryan, just to name a few. Yet, none of them led the league in accuracy on deep passes this season, and you'd probably go through at least a handful of other quarterbacks before you got to this one: Sam Bradford. That's right, Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford led the league in accuracy on deep passes this season.
Bradford, who was acquired at the end of the preseason after Vikings starting QB Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending knee injury, led the league with a 71.6 completion percentage, which also happened to top Drew Brees' NFL record of 71.2% in 2011.
Known as more of a "dink and dunk" guy, Bradford was just 23rd in total air yards, but was able to connect when he went deep. In 15 games, he finished the season with a career-high 3,877 passing yards to go with 20 TDs and just five interceptions. Though some have criticized the trade for Bradford, which landed the Philadelphia Eagles the Vikings' first-round pick in the 2017 draft, Bradford had, by all accounts, a career year.