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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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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. Jul 9 - 9:24 AM

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Coach Mike Zimmer reiterated that he's not afraid to start first-round QB Teddy Bridgewater in Week 1.

Matt Cassel took the majority of first-team reps at minicamp and will enter camp as the solid favorite to start on Opening Day. But there's going to be a real competition. "The one thing we never want to do is hold back progress here," Zimmer said. "We want to keep progressing, whether it’s playing younger guys or getting better out on the field." Zimmer was in Cincy when they started Andy Dalton as a second-round rookie.
Jun 23 - 8:10 AM

Vikings OC Norv Turner said Wednesday rookie Teddy Bridgewater has been "outstanding throwing the deep ball" in spring practices.

"Which some people thought would be an issue," conceded Norv, who later said Bridgewater "can make all the throws he needs to make." Throwing the deep ball is critical in Turner's vertical offense. Matt Cassel will open training camp as the Vikings' starter, but Bridgewater should give him a serious run.
Jun 18 - 8:46 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer does not plan on naming a starting quarterback until well into training camp.

Zimmer is just trying to keep the competitive fire brewing. Multiple reports from various outlets have stated that Matt Cassel is the heavy favorite to start Week 1, therefore taking some pressure off No. 32 overall pick Teddy Bridgewater. The last thing the Vikings want to do is rush their prized rookie. Cassel has proven he's a backup-caliber player, but did go 3-3 as a starter last season.
Source: USA Today
Jun 18 - 8:51 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on NFL Live that the Vikings are "determined" to not rush No. 32 pick Teddy Bridgewater onto the field too soon.

The Vikings re-signed Matt Cassel and return Christian Ponder, and Schefter insisted they are "determined" to make sure Bridgewater knows Norv Turner's offense before putting him on the field. Both Schefter and GM Rick Spielman said on ESPN Tuesday that Bridgewater has been the "first one in the building and last one to leave" every day since the Vikings drafted him. A known football junkie, we don't think it'll take long for Teddy to learn the system.
May 20 - 4:35 PM

Vikings signed No. 32 overall pick QB Teddy Bridgewater to a four-year contract.

Minnesota signed both of its first-round picks (also DE/SLB Anthony Barr) Tuesday morning. Both Barr and Bridgewater's four-year pacts contain fifth-year club options for 2018. The Vikings have already made it clear Bridgewater will compete with Matt Cassel to start. They're completely open to the idea and plan to give him plenty of first-team reps at OTAs. We fully expect Bridgewater to make year-one starts. He excels in the short-to-intermediate game, but lacks ideal vertical arm strength for Norv Turner's vertical system.
May 20 - 11:15 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told NFL Network that Teddy Bridgewater will take first-team reps during OTAs.

"Teddy's been great," Zimmer said. "He's had good command of the offense. I like his leadership. Throwing the ball well. He's progressing at a good pace." The Vikings were impressed with Bridgewater during minicamp and he hasn't shown any issues picking up Norv Turner's offense to this point. If Bridgewater outplays Matt Cassel this preseason, he should be the Week 1 starter.
May 17 - 10:51 PM

Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday, Teddy Bridgewater said he didn't want to play for the Browns.

"I actually told my agent that that’s not the place where I wanted to be," Bridgewater said of the Browns, who were rumored to be interested. Obviously, players almost always insist that they couldn't be happier about where they ended up, but it's unusual for someone to be this undiplomatic. We expect Bridgewater to make starts in 2014.
May 13 - 6:55 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer stated after the draft the Vikings are open to starting No. 32 pick Teddy Bridgewater as a rookie.

Zimmer went so far as to suggest he "hopes" Bridgewater will beat out Matt Cassel. "Teddy will play when we feel like he’s ready, if he’s the best guy, which we hope that he will be," Zimmer said. "We always want to have competition." The competition from journeyman Cassel isn't stiff. Like Bridgewater will be, Cassel is learning a new offense under first-year OC Norv Turner. If Bridgewater outplays Cassel in preseason games, he'll get the Opening Day nod.
May 11 - 5:24 PM

Teddy Bridgewater said he wants to get his weight up into the 225-pound range.

Bridgewater's slight build was one of the major concerns teams had with him. He currently tips the scales at 214 pounds and even mindbogglingly dipped into the 180s last season. Bridgewater is going to need to get stronger to take hits in the NFL. He also confirmed he'll continue to wear gloves with the Vikings.
May 9 - 5:50 PM

The Vikings commissioned a "deep analytical study" that examined how the 2014 draft-eligible quarterbacks handle pressure, and it reportedly pinpointed Teddy Bridgewater as "better than anybody else in this class."

Per ESPN Stats & Information, Bridgewater completed 53.5 percent of his throws under duress in 2013, with a 7:1 TD-to-INT ratio. He also completed 70.1 percent of his attempts against pass rushes of five blitzers or more. "He was the best against the blitz," explained GM Rick Spielman. "He's very cool and calm under pressure." Bridgewater lacks ideal size and arm strength, but his coolness in the pocket increases his chances of becoming a stable NFL starter.
May 9 - 3:59 PM

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reported Friday that Teddy Bridgewater was the No. 2 quarterback on the Vikings' draft board.

Johnny Manziel was No. 1. Holtzman reported the Vikings did try to trade up for Johnny Football, but fell short when the Browns moved ahead of them, and Minnesota "settled" for a trade at No. 32 with Seattle that brought Bridgewater to the Vikes. Regardless of draft-day projections and dealings, Bridgewater is now the Vikings' QB of the future. He'll push Matt Cassel hard this summer.
May 9 - 1:47 PM

The Vikings diagnosed No. 32 pick Teddy Bridgewater with an abnormal heartbeat in his pre-draft physical, but don't believe it will be an issue.

Bridgewater says the Vikings were the only team to diagnose the ailment. The fact that they still drafted him is an obvious sign it's not a serious concern. Vikings GM Rick Spielman also admitted the potential to get a fifth-year team option on Bridgewater was one reason they traded back into the first round to get him as opposed to trying to land him on Day 2. Bridgewater will compete with Matt Cassel for the starting job in training camp.
May 9 - 12:36 AM

Vikings traded up with the Seahawks to select Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

With the quarterback-needy Texans holding the first pick of Round 2, the Vikes jumped ahead by giving up second- and fourth-round picks. Bridgewater (6-foot-2 1/8, 214) went 27-8 as a three-year starter, completing 68.4% of his throws for 9,817 yards (8.04 YPA) and a 72:24 TD-to-INT ratio. He's a pure pocket passer despite respectable 4.78 speed. A precision thrower in the short to intermediate passing game, Bridgewater remains a work in progress as a deep thrower. He is ready to compete with Matt Cassel to start in the NFL after controlling the line of scrimmage in Louisville's complex, pro-style offense. Arguably most importantly, he is comfortable making throws in a muddied pocket. NFL teams' concerns were with Bridgewater's slight build -- his weight dipped into the 180s last season -- below-average hand size (9 1/4"), and mediocre arm.
May 8 - 11:45 PM

The Browns reportedly conducted an "expensive and thorough analytics study" before the draft that "ultimately pointed to" Teddy Bridgewater showing the "best success rate" in the 2014 quarterback class.

Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the $100,000 study was spearheaded by club president Alec Scheiner. The team commissioned "decades of successful NFL quarterbacks" and took into consideration "all sorts of variables," while incorporating both "film review and advanced metrics." La Canfora reports analytics are "taken very seriously within the Browns' organization," and believes Bridgewater could be in play for Cleveland at the Nos. 26 and 35 overall picks.
Source: CBS Sports
May 7 - 9:01 PM

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Skill Players
QB1Matt Cassel
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Christian Ponder
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3Jerick McKinnon
4Joe Banyard
5Dominique Williams
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
FB1Jerome Felton
2Zach Line
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Erik Lora
4Kamar Jorden
5Kain Colter
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Jerome Simpson
3Rodney Smith
4Adam Thielen
5Donte Foster
WR31Jerome Simpson
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3Chase Ford
4Allen Reisner
5A.C. Leonard
K1Blair Walsh