Jun 17, 2014; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) scrambles in drills at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Bridgewater's Deep Ball Gets Praise from Norv Turner


Teddy Bridgewater’s deep ball looks good. Eat your heart out, draftniks.

Bridgewater’s long ball, one of the reasons the Louisville quarterback’s draft stock plummeted before he graced the stage of Radio City Music Hall, has been the attribute that has impressed Norv Turner the most so far, according to Fox Sports North.

“One of the things that has been the most impressive to me is, I knew he’d be very accurate, I knew he’d make great decisions, quick decisions, but he’s been outstanding throwing the ball deep, which some people thought that was going to be an issue,” Turner told Fox Sports North. “I think in the six or eight weeks we’ve had him on the field, I think he’s been put in a position where he’s had to make most of the throws he would have to make and I think he can make all the throws he needs to make.”

While a couple of OTA and minicamp workouts shouldn’t convert everyone to Bridgewater believers, it sure sounds like the rookie has made a quick impression on his offensive coordinator. And when that offensive coordinator has been around the block of few times with a Hall of Fame signal caller and a sure-fire future Hall of Famer, those comments shouldn’t be taken as pure smoke.

Bridgewater has a real shot of starting right away his rookie season if the coaching staff continues to make comments like this. Every indication out of Winter Park has been that we’ll have a real quarterback competition this summer, and the best man will ultimately, win.

The tie may end up going to the veteran, especially because the Vikings season starts out pretty tough, but if Bridgewater can continue to impress the coaching staff could be confident that the rookie can handle a few down moments early in the season.

Plus, the coaching staff may be more concerned with where Bridgewater can be rather than where he’s at, because it already looks like the rookie has been improving on the fly early in his pro career.

Teddy’s got his shot. We just have to see if he’ll roll with it.


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  • Turdd Ferguson

    Being a somewhat conspiracy theorist, I think Teddy thew the pro day on our request. It’s awfully convenient that we met with him twice before his pro day and had a workout with him in private. Even Teddy said himself he felt like Minnesota was where he wanted to go the whole time. So, not only did we get Teddy at a steal with the 32nd pick, but Teddy got to go where he wanted to as well. Ole Slick Rick working his magic.

    • Raarules86

      I’ve been thinking the same thing for a long,long time. It just seems weird that a guy of his skill and work ethic would all of a sudden decide to not wear his gloves that he wore for every game on one of the most important days for a QB wanting to be drafted. It screams like he was told by the Vikings to lower his draft stock by not wearing gloves and throwing a few errant passes to turn other teams off on him. I for one, couldn’t be happier that we got him and support however the means we got him. You know we got someone good when all these Packers and Bears fans are talking so much crap about him because they are scared we finally found our guy and know what our team is capable of with a good QB.

    • trinity

      Interesting conspiracy theory, but I’m not buying it. Because they didn’t pick him, they traded up for him. Even if he knew they would attempt that, how could he have known it would work? The trade only goes through if there’s a draft day agreement, and the team in the 32nd spot could have said no. Either way it went, I think he is just what the Vikings need.

  • Bob T

    .I am so glad he came to Minny after wanting a bigger QB. I knew he was really smart but so scared of his size. I do not want him to start week one. As a matter of fact, I wanted him to sit all season. Wow, am I wrong there too? I am now thinking maybe starting him against the Bears after the bye. Three notes on the conspiracy theory, which I find at least interesting. If you ain’t cheating, you aint trying train of thought. Al Davis may not have been ethical, but…. And I have always believed it isn’t as important how you get a job, but rather, how you keep it. Aren’t we glad we didn’t take Johnny? SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!