Despite not being taken in the top ten of the 2014 NFL Draft, I think it’s safe to say that Teddy Bridgewater has landed in a favorable situation. With the Minnesota Vikings, Bridgewater doesn’t necessarily have to play right away and he’ll have a little bit of time to get acclimated to the pro level.
The Vikings recently signed quarterback Matt Cassell to a two year $10 million deal. However, this was before they decided to trade up and draft Bridgewater with the last pick of the first round. Cassell is the safe choice for Minnesota, but it goes without saying that if you draft a quarterback in the first round, you want that guy to be your starter. Maybe not in the opening game of the season, but you don’t take a quarterback in the first round unless you plan on building a team around him.
There have been plenty of quarterbacks who were starters during their rookie season and simply weren’t ready for the NFL yet. Fortunately for Teddy, the Vikings will go with Cassell or possibly even Christian Ponder if they have to. However, with that said, if Bridgewater is outperforming both of the veterans, he’ll get the nod.
Teddy has only been a member of the Vikings for 11 days, but so far he’s been super impressive.
“Bridgewater is throwing the ball good,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer tells the Star Tribune. “I think he’s got a good presence, a good command of the way he’s taking things. It was good for him to be out here with the veteran quarterbacks a little bit last week for a few days.”
ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling recently joined Sports Center to discuss Bridgewater’s presence in Minnesota’s locker room. He claims that Bridgewater will get first-team reps during organized team activities.
I don’t think many Louisville fans will be surprised if Bridgewater ends up being the top quarterback from the 2014 draft class when it’s all said and done.