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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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Minnesota Vikings vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Complete Week 8 Preview for Vikings

Oct 23 2014 7:46pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

After last Sunday's demoralizing loss to the Buffalo Bills dropped the Minnesota Vikings to 2-5 and probably dashed any realistic playoff hopes for this year, one question pops to mind for Vikings' fans: "Where do we go from here?" 2014 has already been a roller-coaster ride for Vikings fans. With new head coach Mike Zimmer's providing a positive spark all summer long, the team seemed to have turned a corner in plowing through a pe ...
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Daily Dr. Roto: Week 8 Sleepers

Oct 23 2014 4:09pm CDT | Source: Scout.com

Dr. Roto has a handful of a sleepers for your consideration in Week 8. QB Teddy Bridgewater (pictured above) has struggled to put up numbers. He has five INTs in his last two contests, but has a more favorable matchup upcoming against the Tampa Bay Buccane ...
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Buccaneers Have One More Chance Before Season Officially Goes into the Tank

Oct 23 2014 2:51pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Unless the Tampa Bay Buccaneers manage to win Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, the rest of the season will quickly dissolve into questions about the organization's future instead of its present.  The Buccaneers will be in unfamiliar territory as they come off this year's bye week. For the first time since Sept. 14, the Buccaneers are considered the favorites to win the game. According ...
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Turner: Bridgewater ‘a work in progress’

Oct 23 2014 2:03pm CDT | Source: Scout.com

Norv Turner has seen young quarterbacks make mistakes and become Hall of Famers. He remembers similar interceptions that Troy Aikman threw to at least one of Teddy Bridgewater’s. Now it’s up to Turner and the Vikings offense to get Bridgewater throug ...
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Packers Must Start Fast in a Hostile Environment vs. Saints

Oct 23 2014 1:21pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Green Bay Packers' recent trend of starting fast must continue Sunday night in New Orleans, where a desperate football team and one of the most hostile settings in the NFL awaits.  In fact, a slow start might be all it takes to put the Packers (5-2) on a long list of recent failures under the bright lights of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  The Saints, a 2-4 team sensing the urgency of a slipping season, have won 14 straight prime-time games at home, dating ...
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Can Vikings' Bridgewater, Patterson Overcome Growing Pains Against Buccaneers?

Oct 22 2014 7:59pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Vikings' young quarterback looked unstoppable against the Falcons; however, since that breakout game, the rookie's production has slowed dramatically. Minnesota is looking for both Cordarrelle Patterson and Teddy Bridgewater to step up together. Is Bridgewater still in the running for Rookie of the Year? Can this offense still produce without Adrian Peterson?Watch Brian Murphy of the (St. P ...
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Patience Required for Both Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings

Oct 22 2014 1:03pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Minnesota Vikings have two wins and five losses to start the 2014 season, and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has one touchdown pass against five interceptions in four appearances and three starts. But even in today's win-now, results-based business of the NFL, patience is required for both the Vikings and Bridgewater as long-term entities.  Head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Monday—less than 24 hours after a ...
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NFL Power Rankings 2014: Predicting Post-Week 8 Standings

Oct 22 2014 6:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

With regular-season games coming on three of the seven weekdays, power ranking the NFL is an around-the-clock effort that often requires looking ahead to best judge where teams stand. Week 7 is just in the books, but Thursday Night Football is right around the corner with Peyton Manning looking to continue setting records against the San Diego Chargers. That's just one of 15 exciting games on tap for Week 8, many of which will alter how the league's hierarchy pans out. ...
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Vikings Offense Continues to Evolve, Improve Under New Personnel

Oct 22 2014 12:19am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Minnesota Vikings offense has gone through trying times up to this point in the season. A glut of injuries and a not-so-under-the-radar suspension have ravaged their personnel on offense, but offensive coordinator Norv Turner has begun to evolve his scheme to get the most out of the replacements. Because the coaching staff installed a new offensive scheme, rough patches were destined to follow. The basis of Turner’s offensive philosophy, an offshoot of ...
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Jerick McKinnon Should Be Top Waiver Priority in All Fantasy Leagues

Oct 21 2014 10:27pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Jerick McKinnon is the starting running back for the Minnesota Vikings. That sentence alone—all facts, none of those highfalutin adjectives we writer types like to throw around—makes him a valuable fantasy commodity. The NFL running back has become such a high-variance proposition that merely knowing a person will receive carries makes them valuable. Ask anyone rolling with Trent Richardson in their flex spot. Or considering kneecapping their best friend to get Anth ...
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