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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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Vikings Roundup, 10/30: Progressions in the Pocket

Oct 30 2014 4:41pm CDT | Source: Minnesota Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s movement through the pocket helped the rookie go through his progressions in a 19-13 overtime win by Mi ...
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Coordinators Address The Media on Thursday

Oct 30 2014 11:49am CDT | Source: Minnesota Vikings

Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner Q: What have you seen with Teddy Bridgewater and how he handles the hurry-up situations it seems like that’s when he’s at his best? A: I’ ...
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Ben Roethlisberger's Updated 2014 Fantasy Outlook Heading into Week 9

Oct 29 2014 7:36pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

In terms of fantasy quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger has been a revelation lately. But with his value on the rise, this might be the perfect time to find a trade partner for the Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller. His 522 passing yards were enough to make fantasy owners happy, but the absurd six touchdowns made those who benched him regret everything. Roethlisberger not only put up ridiculous numbers in Week 8 but ac ...
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Kyle Rudolph still sidelined at practice, fantasy owners will have to wait a while

Oct 29 2014 2:54pm CDT | Source: SBNation

The Vikings' tight end hasn't played since Week 3 and did not practice on Wednesday. We break down the fantasy implications. Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (groin) did not practice on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling. Rudolph had 10 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown prior to being hurt in Week 3. Fantasy Impact: As a rookie, Rudolph held a lot of promise. He's big, athletic and has steady hands. Unfortunately he hasn't ...
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‘Two-minute Teddy’ living up to nickname

Oct 29 2014 1:46pm CDT | Source: Scout.com

Teddy Bridgewater is performing best in two-minute, hurry-up situations. He talked about that part of his game and his weekly grades ...
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Cordarrelle Patterson to practice all week, fantasy owners consider him probable

Oct 29 2014 1:26pm CDT | Source: SBNation

The Vikes' most dynamic wide receiver tweaked his ankle in Week 8. We break down the fantasy implications. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (ankle) is expected to practice the entire week and should be ready to play in Week 9, according to Vikings' beat writer Matt Vensel. Patterson managed six catches for 86 yards in the team's Week 8 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fantasy Impact: Patterson does a lot for the Vikings and with rookie ...
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Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings: Betting Odds, Analysis, NFL Pick

Oct 29 2014 9:28am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings are both coming off huge road wins last week in overtime and will meet for the fifth straight year despite playing in different divisions. The Vikings have won three of the last four games between the teams both straight up and against the spread, but the Redskins have won in five of their past seven trips to Minnesota.Point spread: Redskins opened as one-point favorites; the total was 44.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by Od ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
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2 days ago

Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 9: Injuries and potential replacements

Oct 28 2014 8:50am CDT | Source: SBNation

Fantasy owners might have lost Jordan Cameron for Week 8. Here's a quick-hit breakdown of the fantasy injuries. This week wasn't as bad as last week, but there are a lot of injuries to the running back position. Gio Bernard is the most notable of the injuries, while Doug Martin continues what has been a nightmare season for him. The wide receiver position featured some players that have been a bit more under the radar this season. Brian Quick and Cordarrelle Patterson ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
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Teddy Bridgewater, Jerick McKinnon, Cordarrelle Patterson produce for fantasy in Vikings win

Oct 27 2014 8:10am CDT | Source: SBNation

Young players produced fairly well for Minnesota in an overtime win. We break down the fantasy implications. The Minnesota Vikings won Sunday, with a 19-13 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That, combined with a loss by the Chicago Bears, brings the two teams into a tie for third place in the NFC North at 3-5. It's little consolation for the Vikings to just not be by themselves in last, but even the little things hel ...
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Vikings Rookies Carry Team in Overtime Win over Buccaneers

Oct 26 2014 4:48pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Minnesota Vikings were about to drop another game that they seemingly could not possibly lose. After giving up a fourth-quarter touchdown and trailing for the first time in the game, the team’s rookies came through in the clutch. Throughout the season, three of Minnesota’s first four 2014 draft picks have been satisfactory if not tremendous. Anthony Barr, Teddy Bridgewater and Jerick McKinnon were major catalysts to Minnesota pulling out the road victory. All three made ...
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