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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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NFL Preseason 2014: Analyzing Most Intriguing Games of Week 3 Schedule

Aug 23 2014 9:01am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Although the third week of the NFL preseason isn't a culmination by any means, most observers view it as the most important week leading up to the regular season by a wide margin. Generally speaking, the third preseason game is a dress rehearsal with players on both sides of the ball playing at least an entire half. The goal is for everyone to get in sync before allowing them to rest and prepare for the regu ...
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Is Jake Coker the Big Arm Alabama's Been Missing Under Saban?

Aug 22 2014 7:56am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

MOBILE, Ala. — How many times has the question been asked, “What would Alabama do with a Sam Bradford or Andrew Luck or Teddy Bridgewater or some other first-round talent at quarterback?” The Crimson Tide under Nick Saban have had first-round picks at nearly every position but not the most important one. What if 'Bama joined the modern age of the game and could really throw the ball for a change? We are about to find out if Jake Coker is the guy who is g ...
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VIDEO: Teddy trying to ‘chase perfection’

Aug 21 2014 2:59pm CDT | Source: Scout.com

Teddy Bridgewater talked about his preseason experience, learning to slow down and avoid overthinking, WR Rodney Smith and m ...
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NFL Preseason 2014: Breaking Down Most Notable Games on Week 3 Schedule

Aug 20 2014 5:55pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The NFL preseason is for the birds. Anyone with even a modicum of football knowledge couches their mid-August opinions with "I know it's only preseason, but..." before making a proclamation that looks utterly insane within two months. We put infinitely more stock into the NFL's preseason than any other sport. No one scours Spring Training results looking for sleepers, nor does the NBA ...
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NFL position battles: Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer both flop in showdown

Aug 19 2014 11:27am CDT | Source: SBNation

Mike Pettine expected to have a starting quarterback named by Tuesday, but a poor performance from both of the candidates on Monday night could push back the decision. Elsewhere, Matt Cassel is holding off Teddy Bridgewater and Seantrel Henderson may have earned a starting job in Buffalo. Outside of a sure-to-be overanalyzed flip of the bird, Monday night's preseason showdown between Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer was a non-event. Browns ...
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Fantasy football impact: When does Adrian Peterson hit the wall?

Aug 19 2014 9:00am CDT | Source: SBNation

The Vikings running back has never had a year with single-digit touchdowns. That has to happen eventually, right? We break down the fantasy implications. From a touchdown perspective, Adrian Peterson has never had a legendary season. His career high was 18 in 2009, which is great, sure, but it's also his best season and is tied for only 33rd all-time among running backs. He's been a top back, but he's never had on ...
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NFL Preseason 2014: Week 3 Schedule and Storylines to Watch

Aug 19 2014 9:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Week 3 of the NFL preseason is a critical juncture in a franchise's preparation for the regular season, and it should prove to be the most exciting week of football for fans since training camp began. Just about every team will give its projected starters an extended run in Week 3, before giving way to those fighting for roster spots in Week 4. If there is a time to gauge a team's potential before the season beg ...
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Barr Keeps Quiet, But Expectations Are High

Aug 18 2014 10:43pm CDT | Source: The Official Site of the Minnesota Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The crowd at Minnesota's preseason games has given Teddy Bridgewater quite the welcome. Anthony Barr is the one more likely to hear those cheers fro ...
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Barr Keeps Quiet, But Expectations Are High

Aug 18 2014 10:43pm CDT | Source: Minnesota Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The crowd at Minnesota's preseason games has given Teddy Bridgewater quite the welcome. Anthony Barr is the one more likely to hear those ...
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Brian Robison: Anthony Barr can be a “force to be reckoned with”

Aug 18 2014 1:34pm CDT | Source: ProFootballTalk

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater might be a long shot for the Vikings starting lineup to open the season, but the team’s other first-round pick looks like a sure bet to be on the field. Linebacker Anthony Barr had a sack and a forced fumble against the Cardinals last Saturd ...
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