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Teddy Bridgewater | Quarterback

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (21) / 11/10/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
College: Louisville
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Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed after Sunday's loss to New England that Matt Cassel will remain Minnesota's starter entering Week 3.
The Vikings play the Saints next. The question is already being asked because Cassel threw four interceptions against the Patriots while taking six sacks. Toward the end of the game, the Minnesota crowd began chanting for Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings' offense is going to go down the tubes without Adrian Peterson, however. It's not a good environment to install the rookie. Sep 14 - 6:07 PM

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Teddy Bridgewater completed 4-of-9 passes for 17 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' preseason finale Thursday night.

The 32nd overall pick in May's draft wraps up the exhibition season 30-of-49 passing for 283 yards and a 5:0 TD-to-INT ratio. His passer rating was 111.2. Matt Cassel remains entrenched as Minnesota's Week 1 starter, and should have a somewhat long leash to open the season. But once he starts stumbling -- and that'll most likely happen at some point -- the calls for Teddy will begin.
Aug 28 - 9:39 PM

Teddy Bridgewater completed 4-of-7 passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' third preseason game Saturday night against Kansas City.

He tried scrambling once, but lost a yard. Keep in mind Bridgewater has primarily faced second- and third-team defenders, but his preseason stats are sharp on paper. He's at 26-of-40 passing for 266 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. Matt Cassel is locked in as the Vikings' Week 1 starter, but the calls for Teddy will begin the moment Cassel begins to stumble.
Aug 23 - 11:12 PM

Teddy Bridgewater completed 16-of-20 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday night's game against the Cardinals, engineering a comeback victory in the preseason affair.

Keep in mind he was facing Arizona's third-team defense. Still, Bridgewater bounced back in a major way after struggling in his preseason debut. He didn't have any turnovers and only took one sack. Bridgewater was decisive in the pocket and engineered an impressive two-minute drill in the fourth quarter that ended with a touchdown to Rodney Smith. Matt Cassel maintained his depth-chart standing against the Cardinals and is 17-of-22 passing for 210 yards with a touchdown through two preseason games. Bridgewater is still behind Cassel, but his performance this week keeps him in the hunt in case Cassel begins to falter.
Aug 16 - 11:48 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer attributed Teddy Bridgewater's recent struggles to him not having a full grasp of the offensive scheme.

"He’s got so much going on in his mind right now that I just want him to play," Zimmer said. "That’s what I told him. If you make a mistake, we’ll fix it and go on." Bridgewater looked skittish in Minnesota's preseason opener and threw five interceptions in three practices this week. His confidence should improve as he becomes more acclimated, but Bridgewater is going to need time before he's ready to run Norv Turner's offense. At this point it would be an upset if Bridgewater started over Matt Cassel in Week 1.
Aug 15 - 6:19 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Thursday night that Teddy Bridgewater has been outplayed by Matt Cassel at Vikings camp.

Per Mort, the Vikings "expect that Cassel will open the season" as their starter. There's still time for Bridgewater to make a move on his veteran adversary, but to this point it really hasn't been much of a competition. The gap seemed to widen this week as Bridgewater threw five interceptions in three practices. Regardless of his identity, the Vikings' 2014 starting quarterback will be asked to manage games, and not win them on his own.
Aug 14 - 9:41 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson described Teddy Bridgewater's practice on Monday night as "crummy."

According to reports, Bridgewater threw three interceptions and should've had a fourth pick. This comes on the heels of Bridgewater's lackluster preseason debut, where he completed just 6-of-13 passes for 49 yards and struggled to move the offense. Matt Cassel has already been named the starter for this week's second preseason game. Bridgewater will handle the second-team reps.
Aug 12 - 8:39 AM

Teddy Bridgewater completed 6-of-13 passes for 49 yards in Friday night's preseason opener.

Matt Cassel started, but Bridgewater got some work in with the first team. He played into the third quarter and struggled to move the offense, completing 46 percent of his passes and fumbling on a sack that the Vikings recovered. He was sacked twice among 15 dropbacks. Bridgewater showed major issues with his efficiency, so this is a setback to his chances of overtaking Cassel. Bridgewater still has time to close the gap before Week 1.
Aug 8 - 10:12 PM

Teddy Bridgewater will get first-team reps at some point during the preseason.

Although Matt Cassel has gotten the majority of first-team reps during practice and is expected to start Friday night, this is an open competition. Bridgewater can steal away the Week 1 job with continued progression in practice and games. "We're trying to find out where he's at in terms of what he can do," OC Norv Turner said. "I think he's playing at an awfully high level."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 6 - 8:20 AM

The Vikings want Teddy Bridgewater to work on getting the ball out quicker.

"Coach [Norv] Turner always tells me I have to be quicker with my decision making," Bridgewater said. "He has been telling me I've got to get back from under center fast. ... That's been the main point for me." It hasn't been a problem for just Bridgewater. Coach Mike Zimmer says all the quarterbacks need to be quicker in their drops. Bridgewater excels in the short-to-intermediate passing game. He's closed the gap on Matt Cassel and could start Week 1.
Aug 5 - 10:28 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune "won't be surprised" if Teddy Bridgewater starts Week 1.

Reporter Chip Scoggins has gone from believing Matt Cassel was a "slam dunk" to sensing Bridgewater has a fighting chance. NFL Network's Albert Breer passed along a similar sentiment on Wednesday. The battle will obviously come down to what Bridgewater shows in preseason games. The Vikings already know what Cassel can do (and it's not very much).
Jul 31 - 7:18 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer's "sense is" Teddy Bridgewater has "closed the gap" on Matt Cassel.

This is certainly the way the wind is blowing. One report even indicated Bridgewater handled more first-team throws than Cassel at Wednesday's practice, by a 13 to 11 count. Christian Ponder opened camp sprinkled in with the ones, but his reps have gone to Teddy. Of all this year's rookie quarterbacks, Bridgewater has emerged as the likeliest to start his team's season opener.
Jul 30 - 10:43 PM

Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel will begin evenly splitting first-team reps on Wednesday.

FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday that was already the case. The Vikings had been including Christian Ponder in their quarterback rotation, but are ready to drop his token participation. Bridgewater has generated a ton of early camp buzz, but needs to translate it to strong preseason performances to beat out Cassel for Week 1 duties. Either way, Bridgewater will make starts this season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 28 - 2:55 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports rookie Teddy Bridgewater has already begun splitting first-team reps with Matt Cassel at Vikings camp.

Glazer reports there is "hugeeee optimism" about Bridgewater among team brass, and he's "definitely been more impressive than they expected." Cassel remains the slight favorite to start on Opening Day, but Bridgewater has quickly made it an interesting camp battle. Bridgewater's passing strengths are at the short and intermediate levels. He could be a great fit with Kyle Rudolph.
Jul 27 - 2:23 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner says Teddy Bridgewater is a "lot further along than I expected him to be."

"Teddy's been really, really impressive," Norval said in a Monday radio interview. Like most July quotes, Turner's words mean very little in the grand scheme of things, but it's better to hear something emptily positive than simply empty. Bridgewater is going to make starts in 2014, it's just a matter of when.
Source: vikings.com
Jul 9 - 9:24 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Cassel
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Christian Ponder
RB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
3Joe Banyard
4Adrian Peterson
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
3RB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
FB1MarQueis Gray
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Rodney Smith
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Jerome Simpson
3Adam Thielen
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3MarQueis Gray
K1Blair Walsh