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Teddy Bridgewater Could be Vikings' Starting QB in 2014
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Teddy Bridgewater Could be Vikings' Starting QB in 2014

May 12 2014, 3:38am CDT | by

Teddy Bridgewater, selected 32nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, could be the Minnesota Vikings' starter in 2014, per multiple reports.

Could Teddy Bridgewater be the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback in the 2014 NFL season?  Matt Vensel of The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote more about the possibility in his May 11 article:  "...

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Teddy Bridgewater Could be Vikings' Starting QB in 2014

May 12 2014, 3:38am CDT | by

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Teddy Bridgewater, selected 32nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, could be the Minnesota Vikings' starter in 2014, per multiple reports.

Could Teddy Bridgewater be the Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback in the 2014 NFL season? 

Matt Vensel of The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote more about the possibility in his May 11 article: 

"The temptation will be to throw them out on the field right away. 

"With a rookie head coach and a general manager who is desparate to reverse the fortunes of the franchise after a last-place season, it might prove difficult for the Vikings to remain patient with their two first-round picks, especially if they get off to another poor start in 2014 and the walls of Winter Park reverberate from the calls of change

"'The objective is to get the players on your board,' general manager Rick Spielman said. 'Everybody has a development stage. Some hit it right off the bat. Some take time. But we feel very strongly that they are part of the foundation of what we are building here.'

"Coach Mike Zimmer and Spielman maintain that nothing will be handed to UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr, the ninth overall pick in the NFL draft, and that Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the 32nd pick, will have to wait his turn behind a pair of veteran passers. But it's easy to say that now, here in the middle of May when optimism springs eternal." 

Whatever his role in 2014 might be, Bridgewater told The Associated Press (via Vikings.com) that he has kept an upbeat attitude despite the stinging criticism from several NFL experts. 

"After getting outbid by Cleveland for the 22nd pick, the Vikings lost out on a chance to grab (Johnny) Manziel. They then set their sights on Bridgewater, swinging a deal with the Seattle Seahawks to get back into the first round after taking UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr ninth overall. 

"Bridgewater said he maintained a positive attitude over the last few months while he listened to his game get taken apart by draft analysts and scouts, especially after a poor showing at his pro day. After one practice, Bridgewater saw three years of impressive play at Louisville to start to swirl down the drain. 

"'I would say the comparison to Willie Beamen, that was pretty harsh,' Bridgewater said of one anonymous coach's link between Bridgewater and the fictional quarterback in Oliver Stone's 'Any Given Sunday' movie. 'But everything happens for a reason. Like I said, you can't control what's being said.' 

"Texas (Longhorns) coach Charlie Strong, who recruited and coached Bridgewater at Louisville, said it was difficult to watch a player he thinks so highly of get so unfairly criticized.

"'It was just frustrating to watch it happen,' Strong said. 'You can't take one workout and tell me that one workout is going to judge who Teddy Bridgewater is and what type of player he is. You take his work and his line of work shows that over the three years.'

"'I just know this, that football team at the University of Louisville knew they had a chance to win the game when Teddy Bridgewater had the ball in his hands.'" 

For his part, Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings told ESPN's Ben Goessling on May 9 he thinks Manziel wouldn't be a good fit as Bridgewater will be in new Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer's system. 

"I truly believe that given any player, if they're willing to work and willing to be better, that these two coaches (Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner) -- two, literally, head coaches that have on both sides of the ball -- they can make anybody better. I just didn't think -- which was probably what their thought was -- that Manziel fit what we were trying to get done, personality-wise. 

"When you're making a coaching change, and you're raising the bar of accountability and you look at the past history -- it's tough, because you never want to hold anybody to that. 

"You always want to continue to give somebody the benefit of the doubt. But when you're investing the amount of money these owners and these clubs are investing, that carries a lot of weight. 

"What I know about him (Bridgewater) is, he's a hard worker, he's a smart kid and he wants to get better. Just that alone, it makes you want to work with someone. 

"If I were a quarterback, I would want Matt (Cassel) to be my teacher. I would want to be behind a guy like Matt, because he approaches the game like a true professional. He's not afraid of helping those who are pursuing his position. He's just not. His make up is, 'Look, if we can all be better, our team is going to get better."  

 
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Quotables: Chris Snee announces retirement

Jul 22 2014 6:51am CDT | Source: SBNation

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Chris Snee retired from the NFL after 10 years on Monday. "To me, [Chris Snee] was the best guard in all of football." -Tom Coughlin, New York Giants head coach New York Giants right guard Chris Snee announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday. Snee is 32 years old, and has been playing in the league since 2004, when he was drafted in the second round. He was with the Giants for two Super Bowl runs, and started a total of 141 re ...
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Minnesota Vikings Training Camp: 5 Early Storylines to Watch

Jul 21 2014 9:02pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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The start of training camp is an exciting time for any fan of the Minnesota Vikings. It marks the beginning of a fresh season—a chance for this team to get back to the top of the NFC North and hopefully compete deep into the playoffs. As reported by the folks over at Vikings.com, for the 49th time in a row, the team will be hosting their annual training camp in Mankato, Minnesota. What's normally home to Minnesota State University ...
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What we learned from the new Bobby Petrino at ACC Kickoff

Jul 21 2014 8:09pm CDT | Source: SBNation

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He's anti-weather, pro-computers, anti-Cincinnati and apathetic towards Kentucky. Louisville went back to their coaching well this offseason, hiring Bobby Petrino back to his old post. Louisville fans may also remember Bobby Petrino as the man who interviewed for his former boss's job while at Louisville (behind his current and former bosses' backs). They could also remembe ...
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Madden 15 top rookie ratings released

Jul 21 2014 6:00pm CDT | Source: SBNation

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Madden ratings czar Donny Moore sits down with SB Nation to discuss the best rookies in EA Sports's latest football installment. Before you ask: no, Johnny's not on the list. We finally know how good Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins and Blake Bortles will be in the NFL -- at least in the digital NFL. EA Sports has officially released the complete ratings for the top 10 rookies in this year's game (top 13 actually -- there are a few ties), ...
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Rookie QB Manziel has NFL’s top-selling jersey

Jul 21 2014 3:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Johnny Manziel Workout
CLEVELAND — Second on Cleveland’s depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list. The popular rookie quarterback, who will begin his first training camp this week as a backup, had the league’s top-selling jersey since April 1. The league said Monday that Manziel’s No. 2 outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com. Dick’s Sporting Goods also said that Manziel’s jersey is its top seller. Manziel is followed on the NFLShop.com list by three quarterbacks: Seat ...
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Rookie QB Manziel has NFL’s top-selling jersey

Jul 21 2014 3:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Johnny Manziel Workout
CLEVELAND — Second on Cleveland’s depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list. The popular rookie quarterback, who will begin his first training camp this week as a backup, had the league’s top-selling jersey since April 1. The league said Monday that Manziel’s No. 2 outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com. Dick’s Sporting Goods also said that Manziel’s jersey is its top seller. Manziel is foll ...
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Rookie QB Manziel has NFL’s top-selling jersey

Jul 21 2014 3:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Johnny Manziel Workout
CLEVELAND — Second on Cleveland’s depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list. The popular rookie quarterback, who will begin his first training camp this week as a backup, had the league’s top-selling jersey since April 1. The league said Monday that Manziel’s No. 2 outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com. Manziel is followed on the list by three quarterbacks: Seattle’s Russell ...
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Rookie QB Manziel has NFL’s top-selling jersey

Jul 21 2014 3:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Johnny Manziel Workout
CLEVELAND — Second on Cleveland’s depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list. The popular rookie quarterback, who will begin his first training camp this week as a backup, had the league’s top-selling jersey since April 1. The league said Monday that Manziel’s No. 2 outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com. Dick’s Sporting Goods also said that Manziel’s jersey is its top seller. Manziel is follow ...
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Rookie QB Manziel has NFL’s top-selling jersey

Jul 21 2014 3:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Johnny Manziel Workout
CLEVELAND — Second on Cleveland’s depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list. The popular rookie quarterback, who will begin his first training camp this week as a backup, had the league’s top-selling jersey since April 1. The league said Monday that Manziel’s No. 2 outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com. Dick’s Sporting Goods also said that Manziel’s jersey is its top seller. Manziel is followed on the NFLShop.com list by th ...
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Rookie QB Manziel has NFL’s top-selling jersey

Jul 21 2014 3:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Johnny Manziel Workout
CLEVELAND — Second on Cleveland’s depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list. The popular rookie quarterback, who will begin his first training camp this week as a backup, had the league’s top-selling jersey since April 1. The league said Monday that Manziel’s No. 2 outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com. Manziel is followed on the list by three quarterbacks: Seattle’s Russell Wilson, San Francisco’s Colin Kapernick and Denver’s Peyton Manning. S ...
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