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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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Miami vs. Louisville final score: 3 things we learned from Cardinals' 31-13 win

Sep 1 2014 10:22pm CDT | Source: SBNation

The Cardinals said hello to the ACC by beating Miami for the second time in as many games, this time with Bobby Petrino back in red. The rematch of Louisville's win against Miami in the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl produced a similar result. Other than U of L now being in the ACC, of course. And Teddy Bridgewater not being here, though his mom was. And Miami now starting talented true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya. But other than that ...
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How to watch Miami vs. Louisville: Preview, TV schedule, odds, more

Sep 1 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: SBNation

This may be a rematch from last year's bowl game, but the two teams look very, very different. The 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl will live again ... sort of. Charlie Strong and Teddy Bridgewater have left Louisville, but the Cardinals will take on Miami Monday in a rematch of last year's 36-9 Louisville win. It's not often you get a bowl rematch in a conference opener, but realign ...
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NFL Power Rankings Week 1: Latest Outlook and 2014-15 Super Bowl Odds

Sep 1 2014 6:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

This past Sunday was the last one without NFL football until after Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015. Rejoice, friends. With the preseason finished and roster cuts complete, it's time to really examine each NFL squad as they head into their final week of preparation. Week 1 is crucial in getting off on the right foot, especially given all the attention paid to training camp position battles and offseason acquisitions. Not every team has a realistic shot at playing ...
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Ryan Mallett Traded to Houston

Aug 31 2014 12:55pm CDT | Source: The Big Lead

Ryan Mallett has been traded to the Houston Texans, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Per ESPN’s Tania Ganguli, Mallett fetched a sixth round pick; the quarterback is reunited with his former offensive coordinator from New England, Bill O’Brien. Presumably, Mallett will be behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick on Houston’s depth chart for the time being; Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole expects the team to cut Case Keenum, and keep third-stringer Tom Savage on the roster. ...
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Bridgewater starts in Vikings’ 19-3 win

Aug 28 2014 10:16pm CDT | Source: Scout.com

With nearly all the starters on the sidelines for both teams, Teddy Bridgewater led the Vikings to the 19-3 win in ...
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Teddy Bridgewater Is Backup for Now, but Looks Ready to Play Sooner Than Later

Aug 28 2014 10:02pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will begin his NFL career as the backup to veteran Matt Cassel, but a preseason's worth of work has provided enough evidence to suggest Bridgewater is ready to play in the NFL right now.  Over 15 drives (not including one series that featured a single kneel down), Bridgewater completed 30 of 49 passes for 283 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. His preseason passe ...
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Bridgewater helps Vikings cap perfect pre-season

Aug 28 2014 9:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NASHVILLE — Teddy Bridgewater threw a touchdown in his first NFL start, Joe Banyard ran for 111 yards and the Minnesota Vikings wrapped up a perfect preseason beating the Tennessee Titans 19-3 on Thursday night. Blair Walsh kicked four field goals, and the Vikings defence had three sacks in a game where both coaches protected their starters by keeping them safely on the sidelines. Titans quarterback Jake Loc ...
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Bridgewater helps Vikings cap perfect pre-season

Aug 28 2014 9:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NASHVILLE — Letting the rookie quarterbacks play and keeping the starters on the sideline may have been the best decisions Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt made all night. Teddy Bridgewater threw a touchdown in his first NFL start, Joe Banyard ran for 111 yards and the Vikings wrapped up a perfect preseason beating the Tennessee Titans 19-3 on Thursday night. Blair Walsh kicked four field goals, and the Vikings’ defence had three sacks in a game w ...
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Bridgewater helps Vikings cap perfect pre-season

Aug 28 2014 9:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NASHVILLE — Letting the rookie quarterbacks play and keeping the starters on the sideline may have been the best decisions Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt made all night. Teddy Bridgewater threw a touchdown in his first NFL start, Joe Banyard ran for 111 yards and the Vikings wrapped up a perfect preseason beating the Tennessee Titans 19-3 on Thursday night. Blair Walsh kicked four field goals, and the Vikings’ defence had three sacks in a game where both coac ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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