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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 ink TE Kyle Rudolph to 5-year, $36.5 million extension

Jul 27 2014 11:39pm CDT | Source: Fantasy Football Toolbox

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The Vikings' quarterback of the future may become their quarterback of the present. If he does, one should expect a lot of connections between Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Rudolph this year and over the next five years. The Vikings signed the 24-year-old tight end on Sunday to a five-year contract extension through 2019. The extension is worth $36.5 million. Rudolph was limited to eight games last s ...
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11 hours ago

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Jul 27 2014 9:56pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly struck an agreement on a new five-year contract with Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Rudolph. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported the news Sunday, outlining the details of Rudolph's deal: The Vikings then confirmed the extension: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport provided further specifics on its financial implications: "I'm extremely excited to get this extension completed and continue my career with ...
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2 days ago

Minnesota Vikings’ Anthony Barr Flying Under the Radar

Jul 25 2014 3:28pm CDT | Source: Rant Sports

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A new coaching regime, a new stadium, Teddy Bridgewater and the Chris Kluwe investigation have all dominated the Minnesota Vikings headlines this summer, but one player who has kept a low profile thus far is No. 1 draft pick Anthony Barr. You can call him the team’s best kept secret. The Vikings surprisingly selected ...
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2 days ago

VIDEO: Bridgewater on camp expectations

Jul 25 2014 10:25am CDT | Source: Scout.com

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Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater talks about his offseason, what he learned from OTAs and minicamps, the competition ...
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3 days ago

NFL training camp 2014: Let the rising and grinding begin

Jul 25 2014 8:41am CDT | Source: SBNation

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There's football, football practice, happening again as training camp gets underway for the NFL's 32 teams this week and next. Follow all the breathless practice reports and the rest of the action from camp right here. Training camp got underway proper on Wednesday, but a slew of new teams joined the fray on Thursday (with more to come in the following days). There's plenty o ...
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3 days ago

VIDEO: Bridgewater’s rookie offseason

Jul 25 2014 7:07am CDT | Source: Scout.com

Minnesota Vikings Training Camp
QB Teddy Bridgewater had a pretty impressive rookie offseason when it came to throwing the ball. See some of his throws that helped build his r ...
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3 days ago

RG3, DeSean Jackson work out kinks as Washington opens camp

Jul 24 2014 5:12pm CDT | Source: SBNation

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Matt Cassel is the No. 1 guy for the Vikings heading into camp, Robert Griffin III and DeSean Jackson aren't quite on the same page just yet, and Ryan Clark is weird. Training camp got underway proper on Wednesday, but a slew of new teams joined the fray on Thursday (with more to come in the following days). There's plenty of news to pay attention to, including the Minnesota Vikings battle for t ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
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3 days ago

NFL Rumors: Recent Buzz Surrounding Josh Gordon, Mike Pouncey and More

Jul 24 2014 11:14am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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The pads are on, whistles are blowing, and preseason football is less than two weeks away from beginning. My friends, the start of the NFL is just over the horizon. While preseason games start next month, there is still much to be decided around the league with position battles, injuries and suspensions leaving rosters in flux. Recent rumors about some of the biggest stars in the league might completely change the outlook of this season. Wh ...
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4 days ago

Zimmer will see all three QBs in the preseason before picking one

Jul 24 2014 6:20am CDT | Source: ProFootballTalk

Minnesota Vikings Introduce Mike Zimmer
The Vikings have, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner, a great group of quarterbacks in Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder and Teddy Bridgewater. So how will head coach Mike Zimmer pick one starter? Zimmer says he wants to see how all three of them perform in the p ...
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6 days ago

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 regular s ...
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