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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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Ziggy Ansah is the Hoss of the Week

Oct 14 2014 12:20pm CDT | Source: SBNation

The Lions defensive end is the proud new owner of Stephen White's Hoss of the Week award after shaking off a slow start to the season last Sunday against the Vikings. Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah was off to a slow start this season. He had one sack, which was actually two half sacks combined, through the first five games. A knee injury he suffered in the second game of the season against the Panthers appeared to be h ...
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Week 7 NFL Picks: Latest Betting Odds, Vegas Spreads and Projections

Oct 14 2014 11:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The 2014 NFL season continues to be a fickle beast when it comes to betting. Some bets are cut-and-dried while others look magnificent on paper but quickly fall apart once the teams hit the gridiron. Week 6 saw several examples of each scenario, as a double-digit win by the Denver Broncos over the New York Jets was nearly a sure thing, while the Oakland Raiders finishing within three points of the San Diego Chargers was sheer madness. ...
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New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions Betting Odds, Analysis, NFL Pick

Oct 14 2014 10:52am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Detroit Lions are 4-2 and tied for first place in the NFC North, but this week they run into a team they've struggled with lately. Detroit is 0-4 both straight up and against the spread in its last four games against the New Orleans Saints. The Lions will try to snap that string when they host the Saints Sunday afternoon at Ford Field.   Point spread: Lions opened as 2.5-point favorites; the total was 50 early in ...
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Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills Betting Odds, Analysis, NFL Pick

Oct 14 2014 10:49am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Buffalo Bills hope to remain perfect against NFC North opponents this season when they host the reeling Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Bills have already beaten the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions on the road earlier this year, and they are 3-1 straight up and against the spread in their last four games vs. NFC North foes.   Point spread: Bills opened as 3.5-point favorites; the total was 43 ea ...
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NFL Predictions Week 7: Early Odds, Picks and Projections for Upcoming Schedule

Oct 14 2014 10:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The small sample size of the NFL season makes prognostication extremely difficult.  No other league is more vulnerable to simple weekly fickleness, yet we attempt to make sweeping conclusions from every Sunday's results regardless. Still, with six weeks in the books, advanced stats such as Football Outsiders' DVOA and Advanced Football Analytics' team efficiency rankings are seeing less fluctuatio ...
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Fantasy football waiver wire advice, Week 7: Hot players with potential downside

Oct 14 2014 9:00am CDT | Source: SBNation

Fantasy football is back! So are injuries and now bye weeks, though, so you may be looking for a short-term fix or a long-term solution. There are some players who are hot on the waiver wire lists who could have some potential downside. We bring you the top-five list here. Fantasy football is back! We bring you our weekly list of players who might be potential waiver wire busts or who have downside. Some of these players may appear in our waiver wire suggesti ...
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Jerick McKinnon's Updated 2014 Fantasy Outlook Heading into Week 7

Oct 13 2014 7:38pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Jerick McKinnon’s Week 6 numbers didn’t exactly explode off the page when his Minnesota Vikings lost to the Detroit Lions, but there is plenty of reason for optimism moving forward for fantasy owners. McKinnon finished with a solid 40 rushing yards and 42 receiving yards against one of the best defenses in the league, but the fact that he out-touched fellow running back Matt Asiata is the most encouraging development o ...
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Vikings Offensive Line Must Improve to Repair Teddy Bridgewater, Offense

Oct 13 2014 1:21pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

If the last two weeks proved anything about the Minnesota Vikings, it's that the man playing quarterback really doesn't matter behind one of the NFL's worst offensive lines.  Neither Christian Ponder, a fourth-year veteran holding on to dear life in the NFL, nor Teddy Bridgewater, a budding rookie quarterback with what appears to be a bright future, could survive or thrive behind the Vikings' leaky offensive line in ...
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Yesterday Mike Goldberg did NFL play-by-play like we knew he would

Oct 13 2014 11:33am CDT | Source: middle easy

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NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Predicting Post-Monday Night Football Standings

Oct 13 2014 10:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Monday Night Football matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams will conclude this week’s action, but many football fans without a horse in the race are already focused on the Week 7 power rankings and where their teams stand. While several elite teams were able to pull out much-needed victories, there were other franchises that struggled in key moments and were forced to settle for a loss. Here is where every team stands heading into Week 7 of the 2014 NFL regular ...
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