May 9, 2014; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater addresses the media at Winter Park Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Teddy Bridgewater Wants To Bulk Up This Offseason


 

After seeing the photo of Teddy Bridgewater with Cordarrelle Patterson at the Minnesota Wild game on Friday, it is easy to believe that he is already getting immersed in everything that is Minnesota.

And that is a good thing.  According to a tweet from NFL Network’s Albert Breer, he’s planning on making Minneapolis his new home after being the #32 overall selection by the Vikings on Thursday night.

Here is the tweet from Breer;

May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville) is introduced as the thirty second overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings during the 2014 NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

However, the most important part of this tweet may be that Teddy Bridgewater is focused on bulking up to around 225 pounds.

Recently, there has been a lot of concern about Bridgewater’s durability due to his slight size.  The reason for his weight loss in college was an illness that caused him to drop to 208 pounds at the combine.  Putting on a bit more bulk will help Bridgewater silence some of the Minnesota Vikings fans that have been criticizing his selection in the draft.

And for the rest of you that are down on Teddy Bridgewater as the Vikings quarterback of the future:  Don’t worry, Teddy is bringing his glove with him to Minnesota and continue to wear it for the foreseeable future..

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  • trk1998

    If you would have told people in November we would get Teddy Bridgewater they would have been ecstatic about it. I don’t know what changed their minds unless they just buy into everything they hear reported. He still did all those things that made him into a top QB prospect.

  • Paul Engleson

    I like the Fact that the Minnesota Vikings Drafted Teddy Bridgewater, Manzil was more show I was afraid he would of turned into a bust. I still want to know why we didn’t take C.J. Mosely over Anthony Barr? Mosley makes more sense to me, maybe we can trade Barr to the Raiders for Mosely instead LOL

    • MikeH123

      Bridgewater will probably be a bust if he doesn’t get bigger and stronger. Lacking the elusiveness of Manziel, he will be a victim of the 8 rushers put in the box to get AD.
      Vikings needed both the outside linebacker pass rushing of Barr and a MLB like Mosley. I don’t like the way they keep drafting replacements for players lost like Jared Allen and Kevin Williams while ignoring their need at MLB.

      • Jswanbe

        Teddy had 71%comp 15 tds, and 1 int against 5 or more blitzers

        • MikeH123

          His production is not the issue. The issue is whether he can survive physically from the pass rushes that result from having 8 men in a box (brought against AD). AD forces teams to focus on him and the QB instead of the receivers. Ds must also punish the QB to hurt his play (eg the extreme case when the Saints came after Favre).

          • Jswanbe

            No different than how Brady or p manning survive. Beat blitz with hot read. Agreed if he doesn’t he will be broken no different than any qb. My issue with manzel is same reason you worry about bridgewater. He has the skills but look no further than rg3, Vick, and most similar romo who is taller and heavier and struggles to stay healthy. Great plays avoids rush but opens himself to bigger and more shots

          • MikeH123

            Brady and Manning are not facing 8 in the box as much. Moreover, neither Brady or Manning is as small as Bridgewater. Agreed running QBs put themselves in harms way but Manziel is much more elusive than RG3 (even though RG3 is faster).

          • trinity

            Manziel is slow. His style of play works in college, but this is the nfl. Take away the star blinders and look at reality for a second. What you have in manziel is a short quarterback. Look at all the other successful short guys, and you’ll see that manziel is missing crucial pieces to his game. Sure he’s short like drew brees. He doesn’t have anywhere near the pocket prescence of drew brees. Sure he’s short like RG3. he doesn’t have the speed of RG3, in fact he only ran a pedestrian 4.6 40. And yes he’s short like Russel Wilson. He isn’t even half the decision maker russell wilson is. Manziel can have a reciever on an island right in front of his face, and he’ll choose to hurdle out of the pocket and dance around. Nice plays in college. But with his lack of speed, he’s going to get knocked out in the NFL. I would go with the smarter guy in bridgewater.

          • MikeH123

            Manziel has been rightly compared to Tarkenton including height, speed and especially elusiveness (eyes in the back of his head), except he has a much stronger arm.

          • trinity

            Compared to tarkenton by people who are on drugs or caught in the highlights maybe. Lol that’s laughable actually. He was a very good college quarterback. Time will tell as far as whether that translates to the NFL. the time is coming, and we will all know very soon. Hahahaha. Very soon indeed we will all know.

          • MikeH123

            I guess Tarkenton himself must be on drugs.

          • trinity

            Yes, or caught up in the highlights as I said. Everyone has thier opinion on manziel. Some think the guy could be a future hall of famer. Some think he’s the next Tim Tebow. Time will tell, and I can’t wait lol.

          • jacknine

            There is no comparison in football IQ. This is what Peter King wrote about him in January:

            ?Bridgewater has vast responsibility at the line of scrimmage. First
            there is the kill system. Two or three plays are called in the huddle.
            Depending on the defense, Bridgewater has the ability to “kill” the
            first play, and run one of the others. It’s solely Bridgewater’s
            decision.

            Bridgewater also has an audible system at his disposal, with the same
            goal as every good NFL system: stay out of bad plays. If the play
            Watson has called has little chance of success against a particular
            defense, Bridgewater can change the play entirely at the line of
            scrimmage.

            Finally, Bridgewater redirects the offensive line protections by
            either identifying the middle linebacker in man-to-man protections, or
            directing the slide one way or the other in zone.”

            As far as Manziel goes, it actually doesnt matter what the play is, after a couple of seconds he goes freelancing anyway,

          • trinity

            Excellent pointing that out. Teddy has a much higher football IQ. He can actually read defenses as opposed to doing away with that in favor of dancing all over the field.

          • jacknine

            Manziel is 6 feet, 207 according to the the NFL, TB is 6.02 214, taller and heavier. Furthermore, the way you deal with 8 in the box is not to stand still, get hit, get back up and go na na nah, it is to quickly read the defense and hit the open receivers and make them pay which TB was excellent at. Manziel might turn into a good QB but based on actual game performance, TB is far more qualified to play in the NFL.

          • MikeH123

            Most NFL analysts disagree with you. Even the Vikings had Manziel rated higher than Bridgewater. Nearly all analysts say Bridgewater has a slight build and must get bigger and stronger. Even worse, with Ds loading the box on AD, they will seek to take Bridgewater out, instead of focusing on defending the pass (regardless how good Bridgewater is at reading defenses). Bridgewater is also not very elusive to avoid the hits like Manziel (who is like Tarkenton with eyes in the back of his head).

          • jacknine

            Until his Pro day, TB was the consensus best QB, no worries about his build, probably because he is the same height and weight as Carr and taller than Manziel but then the herd mentality set in. Statistically, TB is hands down the best QB, better accuracy overall, better TD to int ratio. As for your genius strategy of taking him out with 8 in the box, 1. that is not the same as rushing the passer, and 2. That is why so many other NFL QB’s similar in build are always on the injured list, because its that easy. That would be Brees (6.0 213), Eli Manning (6.4-206) Wilson (5.11-204) Dalton (6.2-215). Coming out of college, in stature, TB is not unusual.

            Does that mean he will be succesfull? no, but your arguments are meaningless.

            BTW, is this the scouting report for Bridgewater or Brady?

            Positives: Good height to see the field. Very poised and composed. Smart
            and alert. Can read coverages. Good accuracy and touch. Produces in big
            spots and in big games.
            Generally plays within himself. Team leader.

            Negatives: Poor build. Very skinny and narrow. Ended the season
            weighing 195 pounds and still looks like a rail at 211. Looks a little
            frail and lacks great physical stature and strength. Can get pushed down
            more easily than you’d like. Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the
            rush. Lacks a really strong arm. Can’t drive the ball down the field and
            does not throw a really tight spiral. System-type player who can get
            exposed if he must ad-lib and do things on his own.

            Summary: Is not what you’re looking for in terms of physical stature,
            strength, arm strength and mobility, but he has the intangibles and
            production and showed great improvement as a senior. Could
            make it in the right system but will not be for everyone.

          • Dylan Throldahl

            You are totally right but one more thing Bridgewater actually has some sneaky speed such Rogers does but maybe not quick at straight lines as him but close. As for Brady he is straight up slow. But everything you said is true. Not calling people raciest on this last comment here but i think people dont like Bridgewater because he is black. Not because different color of skin but the history of black QBs just aren’t as rich and tend to not be the real intelligent ones but are fairly athletic though. Just my view may be wrong may be somewhat right who knows

          • MikeH123

            I should of known you would play the race card.

          • MikeH123

            I didn’t say that 8 in the box was the same as rushing 8. I repeat: Nearly all analysts say Bridgewater has a slight build and must get bigger and stronger. They don’t say that about the other QBs you mention

          • Dylan Throldahl

            You act like Manziel is the master at elusiveness in which he not. He is good yes but being shorter helps a lil bit and what he did after he got away was throw it up for a 6’7″ receiver which in the NFL is more likely to be broken up or INT. How nice of him to avoid the first hit but still trow a jump ball. While TB may not avoid as many hits by elusiveness but he will make the throws and TD completions when he is being hit or about to or before they get close enough. Half of the time Manziel had to avoid a tackler is because he decided not to throw to his open receiver. And Manziel doesn’t have a rocket arm either people act like does but he doesn’t he may throw far but a rocket arm is getting a ball far and fast if i throw a ball far but its way up there it can be INT. Besides TB has taken plenty of hard hits like any QB will but he completes the pass and gets right back up. I do think be best for him and vikes if he buffed up though

          • MikeH123

            Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t belong in a vertical (Norv Turner) offense requiring a sturdy pocket QB with a strong arm. According to NFL .com, he “has a very lean, narrow frame with limited bulk and small hands. Does not drive the ball with velocity down the field and can be affected by cold and windy conditions. …. Long-term durability could become a concern without continued strength and weight gains.” They add that he “would benefit heavily from operating a short, dink-and-dunk rhythm passing game.”

          • trinity

            Bridgewater doesn’t have to be elusive, because he can hang in the pocket and make the throw, unlike Johnny College Football lol.

          • MikeH123

            Bridgewater has to be either elusive or sturdy to hang in there to make the deep throws and he is neither.

      • trinity

        Lacking the decision making of bridgewater, manziel is the one who will probably be a bust. I think Vikings fans will look back on this and be glad they took who they did.

        • MikeH123

          Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t belong in a vertical (Norv Turner) offense requiring a sturdy pocket QB with a strong arm. According to NFL .com, he “has a very lean, narrow frame with limited bulk and small hands. Does not drive the ball with velocity down the field and can be affected by cold and windy conditions. Can improve placement and touch on the deep ball. Adequate athlete. Is not an overly elusive scrambler — struggles escaping the rush and buying a second chance with his feet vs. pressure. Passing stats are padded from operating a passing game that relies heavily on short, lateral tosses. Long-term durability could become a concern without continued strength and weight gains.” They add that he “would benefit heavily from operating a short, dink-and-dunk rhythm passing game.”

          • trinity

            Terrific competitor. Extremely driven to succeed. Well-prepared and confident in his approach. Operated a progression-read offense where he is asked to scan the whole field and help steer protections. Footwork is very clean and in rhythm — throws on balance with sound mechanics, a fluid delivery and smooth stroke. Very good timing, touch and anticipation — throws receivers open. Is patient working through his reads and will step up in the pocket. Sells play-action hard and takes what the defense gives him. Poised in the face of the blitz and often anticipates it coming. Is very mentally and physically tough — played through a broken left wrist with a sprained ankle in what was essentially the 2012 Big East championship game, coming off the bench to captain the Cardinals to a come-from-behind victory. Is a student of the game with a very good understanding of football concepts. Plays like a coach on the field, knows the responsibilities of everyone on the field and can get teammates lined up correctly. Makes few mental errors. Consistently moves the chains and comes through in the clutch. Is given a lot of autonomy to make pre-snap reads and adjustments at the line of scrimmage and understands how to exploit defenses. Meticulous in his preparation. Identifies with the game and really works at his craft. Smart, determined and focused. Showed gradual improvement every season. Is only 21 years old — very mature for his age and can see the big picture. Football is extremely important to him. Highly respected, unselfish team leader. Rises to the occasion on big stages

          • MikeH123

            All true but Bridgewater belongs in a dink-and-dunk rhythm passing game and not a vertical offense like Norv Turner promised and I want.

          • trinity

            “All true”. Enough said. He belongs exactly where he is, and he’s the most ready out of all the quarterbacks

          • MikeH123

            He belongs in a WCO, not here

  • Billy Schwandt

    I am so thankful we got Teddy who was rated the first pick by many but fell because he had a few bad throws on Pro Day. The Viking did a great deal of work with Teddy after the pro day and loved what they saw. The circus that would of followed Jonny Football would of been a big distraction for the team. All though Mosely was super good Barr is super special and just started to reach his potential with only 2 years of LB play. Over 20 sacks in 2 years and 40 tackles behind the line. Barr could go down as one of the all time greats by the time he is done playing. Great draft on getting talent with a high cealing instead of really good players who are close to there ceiling. SKOL VIKINGS!!!

  • jacknine

    TB immediately flew to Minneapolis to meet his new team and is already moving his stuff here. Johhny Football? From the NY Post:

    Johnny Manziel wasn’t discouraged by his agonizing wait at the NFL Draft in Rockefeller Center — he partied like a winner at Avenue nightclub in Chelsea until the early hours of Friday with stars who included Drake.

    After finally being picked by the Cleveland Browns, Johnny Football
    didn’t lose his swagger and was seen doing rum shots and swigging from a
    6-liter Methuselah of Perrier-Jouët Champagne, all while surrounded by
    attractive women and sweaty suited sports agent types.

    Manziel, still wearing his shirt and tie, was the center of attention
    at the party in the club’s mezzanine, where well-wishers included
    Drake, Birdman, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving and Texas A&M
    coach Kevin Sumlin.

    One witness told us, “Manziel held court at a private booth, as girls
    flocked to his table. He looked like he was loving the attention. He
    did shots of Atlantico [rum] and flirted and danced with the girls
    before spraying Champagne over everybody. We hope Manziel continues to
    love the game as much as he’s obviously loving the fame.”

  • JOHN LIZZARD

    GooGood god guys

  • JOHN LIZZARD

    He will be in the weight room as he will not be the starting qb of the vikings is year, so he will be bulked up by mid season and by next year be a stud ready to go in the nlf