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By: John Holler |

The announcement that the Minnesota Vikings had traded for Sam Bradford prior to the season opener was viewed as a season-saving move from the Minnesota side of things. It came as a shock that the Vikings were able to land a starting quarterback eight days before the start of the season.

On the other side of the coin, the shock in Philadelphia was even more pronounced. Head coach Doug Pederson didn’t see it coming. Neither did rookie quarterback Carson Wentz.

Pederson and Wentz spoke to the Twin Cities media Wednesday about their reactions to what has been one of the biggest stories of the 2016 season.

Pederson, in his first season as head coach following the firing of Chip Kelly, was planning to have his first season highlighted with Bradford under center and Wentz watching.

“I was excited really to have Sam to kick this season off for us,” Pederson said. “He came out of training camp playing extremely well. His last preseason game was that Indianapolis game. He played really, really well. It was exciting to see that. He’s such an accurate thrower and big, tall target, throws an accurate, catchable football. I was just really excited to see what he could do in this system, in this offense and was looking for some obviously big things from Sam in our system.”

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