Cardinals plan on giving Sam Bradford more reps next week

"I think he's on schedule," coach Steve Wilks said of Sam Bradford. "He feels real confident right now in how his knee feels." AP Photo/Matt York

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's almost time for the Arizona Cardinals to take some of the restraints off their $20 million quarterback.

Sam Bradford will see an increase in reps next week during mandatory minicamp, coach Steve Wilks said Tuesday. Through the first two-and-a-half weeks of voluntary organized team activities, Bradford's participation in team periods has varied, said Wilks, who added that Bradford takes part in 7-on-7 periods.

The goal next week, Wilks said, is to try to give Bradford "different looks, maybe from a blitz standpoint and also two-minute."

Tuesday's practice was more of an "operational day" for Arizona, which meant the Cardinals worked on specific situations such as two-minute drills, hurry-up and with the offense backed up.

"He didn't get any of that work," Wilks said. "So, next week that's some of the things that we're going to try to improve on and get him in the mix in those."

Bradford's reps throughout offseason practices have been limited, a plan that the Cardinals put in place when Bradford was signed as a free agent back in March.

Bradford said during his introductory news conference on March 16 that his oft-injured left knee "feels good" after injuring it in Week 1 last season and then re-aggravating it in Week 5, which put him on the injured reserve for the rest of the season. He had it scoped in early November by orthopedist James Andrews.

Wilks said he feels "pretty good" about Bradford's plan thus far.

"I think he's on schedule," Wilks said. "He feels real confident right now in how his knee feels. Again, we're doing a great job in house with the trainers and the strength-and-condition coach in getting him where he needs to be.

"So, from a mental standpoint I think he's feeling pretty good."