During the 2014 NFL Season, rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was thrust into a starting role after an injury to Matt Cassel’s foot placed him on injured reserve. By that point in the season, the Minnesota Vikings were already without their starting running back Adrian Peterson, who was in the middle of an intense legal issues that polarized the team’s fan base.
Despite being without the player that could be considered the best running back in the National Football League, Bridgewater was able to impress both fans and experts while still experiencing the kind of rookie mistakes that are bound to happen. There are already news outlets like ESPN that are calling for Bridgewater to be one of the biggest breakout sophomore players in the league for 2015.
Aug 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) talks along the sidelines during the game with the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium. Vikings win 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
As of this writing, it appears as though Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson will finally get to share the same field during the 2015 NFL season. Last year, fans on social media were wondering what the Minnesota Vikings would be like with a healthy and available Adrian Peterson there to help out the young quarterback, and it looks like we might actually get to see it happen.
In a recent video on both NFL Network’s website and Vikings.com, Bridgewater talked about the idea of playing with Adrian Peterson in the Minnesota Vikings backfield. Although NFL Network and Vikings.com don’t allow their video to be shared, this is what he had to say about that possibility:
"“Well, you know…I can’t wait. I can tell you that. I know the excitement he brings to the team. I know what he’s able to do on a football field. He’s a guy whose been tearing this league up for years now and to add him into what we were able to establish last year. And we added some new pieces this year with Mike Wallace and Brandon Bostick from the Green Bay Packers. So I think we have some weapons and would love to have Adrian back. To have him back would mean a lot.”"
I have to admit, the thought of what Peterson does for the Minnesota Vikings is an amazing thing. If the offensive line can return to health and Bridgewater can continue to develop, this could be a dangerous team offensively that could surprise a lot of folks. When you combine that with a talented young defense that looks to only be getting better, fans are dreaming of a winning record and a possible playoff berth.
But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. As Minnesota Vikings fans, we know that anything can happen at any time to throw the entire organization and fan base for a loop. Still, I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
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