Here is a cool video that the Minnesota Vikings posted on their website. It shows a little behind the scenes stuff before Teddy got drafted, and it shows him meeting some of his coaches. Pretty awesome stuff.
If you want to watch a video that will make you miss Teddy, this is for you. It isn’t a highlight clip from his days at Louisville with sad music or anything, but footage of him at practice for the Vikings. It is just cool to see him interacting with his teammates and it clearly seems to have good chemistry with the guys. That is big for him as a second-year quarterback in the NFL.
We all love Teddy Bridgewater, and we know how good he is. We were disappointed when he fell to the end of the first round of the NFL Draft. But the further you fall, the better team (usually) you land with. So the situation for Teddy is probably better than if he were drafted in Jacksonville (Blake Bortles) or Cleveland (Johnny Manziel).
During an impressive rookie season in 2014, it was nice to hear people around the country finally take notice of how good Bridgewater was. We knew it, but to have others catching on was a good feeling.
It is also pretty cool when one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game has good things to say about Teddy, and that is exactly what happened when Brett Favre got to talking to Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune.
Remember Teddy’s first possession at UofL? If you don’t, it went like this against Murray State.
|1st and 10 at LOU 46||LOUISVILLE penalty 5 yard False Start accepted.|
|1st and 15 at LOU 41||LOUISVILLE penalty 5 yard False Start on Hector Hernandez accepted.|
|1st and 20 at LOU 36||LOUISVILLE penalty 5 yard Delay of Game on Teddy Bridgewater accepted.|
|1st and 25 at LOU 31||Jeremy Wright rush for 3 yards to the Lvile 34.|
|2nd and 22 at LOU 34||Jeremy Wright rush for 5 yards to the Lvile 39.|
|3rd and 17 at LOU 39||Teddy Bridgewater pass intercepted by Darrell Davis at the MurrS 24, returned for no gain to the MurrS 24.|
Then there is this incredible video. My how things have changed!
Last year, the Cleveland Browns passed on Teddy Bridgewater. This year, they had the chance to draft DeVante Parker. They passed on him as well. While nearly all Louisville fans breathed a sigh of relief (I say nearly because I have family that are Browns fans…sorry!), apparently the Parker family was also relieved.
I started to write a little intro for this, but there is no reason to. Let’s get right to it. The NFL Combine is starting, and we know DeVante Parker should be drafted early. The Minnesota Vikings have the 11th overall pick. Teddy Bridgewater is their quarterback. The buzz with Louisville fans is the thought of the Vikings taking Parker and those two reuniting.
At the combine on Thursday, Parker said “That would be really good to reunite with (Bridgewater). We’ve got a good connection. That would be a good thing.” (according to blog.twincities.com)
More from the article:
I love that they included all (well some) of the negative comments about Teddy in the beginning of this video. To look back and hear it now, it just sounds comical.
No surprise to Louisville fans, but Teddy Bridgewater had himself an impressive rookie season in the NFL. The quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings completed 259/402 passes (64.4%) for 2,919 yards. He had 14 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He tied or broke all kinds of Vikings rookie records–91 to be exact. Yes, 91. I won’t list them here.
On this week’s edition of “Justin Time,” I talk about two of the most beloved Louisville Cardinals of all time, Teddy Bridgewater and Russ Smith. Both guys are beginning that next chapter in their lives and careers, but they will always be Cards. I also talk a little bit about why this Syracuse football game is so much more exciting than it has ever been before, and a little bonus video at the end of the post.
Teddy Bridgewater: Pondering
Small hands, skinny knees, small body frame, a bad pro day. None of those things would stop Teddy Bridgewater from having a remarkable game on Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings in his first start against the Atlanta Falcons. After all of the criticism that Teddy took in the off-season about those goofy things that I mentioned, I think Louisville fans were waiting for him to get his chance and prove the doubters wrong. We knew how good he would be, and he was just that.
So with the high powered offense of the Falcons coming to town, and Teddy not having Adrian Peterson or tight end Kyle Rudolph as safety nets, how would Bridgewater keep up and give the Vikings a chance to win? Just by throwing for 317 yards on 19/30 passing and not turning the ball over. He also ran 5 times for 27 yards and had a rushing touchdown and led the Vikings to a 41-28 win.
Teddy Bridgewater didn’t have to wait long to become the starter for the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of Matt Cassel breaking bones in his foot. You wish it wouldn’t happen like that, but injuries happen in the NFL, and now it is Teddy’s time. Filling in for Cassel on Sunday against the Saints, Bridgewater went 12-20 for 150 yards and rushed for 27 yards.
The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Oakland Raiders on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. Matt Cassel will start the game at QB for the Vikings, but Teddy Bridgewater won’t have to wait long to make his NFL Debut. Head coach Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner have both said that they intend to leave the rest of the starters in when Bridgewater gets in the game.
Starters don’t usually play a whole lot in the first preseason game, so look for Teddy to get in the game pretty early. I would anticipate both quarterbacks getting a series or two. If Teddy plays well and continues to practice like he has, the Vikings could very well name him the starter by the third preseason game. I have no inside information when I say that. That is just going off the notion that the third preseason game is where the starters play the most. So if, in fact, Bridgewater can win the job, they will want him to get as much work in as possible with the first team.
Our beloved Theodore Bridgewater threw out the first pitch at Wednesday afternoon’s Minnesota Twins game. It wasn’t a perfect pitch, but he shouldn’t be showing up on the Not Top 10.
Well Teddy dominated the first Camps session for the Minnesota Vikings like we all expected. I’d say there will be a few GM’s that wont be listening to Mike Mayok’s advice next season.
If you have been on ESPN.com today, you may have seen Teddy Bridegwater right there on the front page and the main story. Jeffri Chadiha wrote about how although he was picked after Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel, Teddy may actually be set up for more success in the NFL. He doesn’t have the pressure of being the 3rd overall pick or the hype that comes from….well I am not sure where the Manziel hype comes from. But anyway, here is some of what Chadiha wrote.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater may not know the elation of being a top-five draft pick like Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. Bridgewater also can’t generate the same buzz that emanates from Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who sometimes seems like a one-man walking reality show. About the only thing Bridgewater can claim for himself — at least when it comes to the signal-callers selected in this year’s NFL draft — is impossibly good fortune. A few years from now, when we look back at this rookie class, he’ll ultimately be the best quarterback of the bunch.
Bridgewater is the safest bet primarily because he has the right combination of exquisite talent and exceptional timing. As wretched as the Vikings have been at quarterback since Brett Favrefinally retired following the 2010 season, they do have one obvious positive working for them when it comes to that spot. New offensive coordinator Norv Turner has spent decades teaching young quarterbacks how to play this position at the highest possible level. He’ll likely do the same for a young man as gifted as Bridgewater.
The Minnesota Viking announced they have officially signed our guy Teddy Bridgewater. Some (not all) of the terms of Teddy’s deal was released earlier today on Twincities.com:
“Bridgewater, taken with the No. 32 selection overall from Louisville, is in line to receive a signing bonus of $3.3 million and his four-year deal would be worth $6.85 million. Bridgewater, like all first-round picks, also gets a fifth-year option.”
The next chapter in the story of Teddy Bridgewater has officially begun. Teddy! Teddy! Teddy!
We all know just what type of player Teddy Bridgewater is and now the state of Minnesota is finding that out as well. In a recent twincities.com article Viking’s coach Mike Zimmer and fellow teammates had many great things to say about the former Louisville Cardinal.
“Since I’ve been here, he’s been persistent,” said tackle Antonio Richardson, an undrafted free-agent signee. “He grabs us, the O-line, and says, ‘Let’s go out on the turf before we go eat lunch and run some plays,’ and every time I go to the locker room, he’s in his playbook. So that’s a true testament to what type of player he will be in the future.”
“I really like him,” Zimmer said. “He’s a really nice kid. He’s catching on. I like how hard he’s been studying and working, and how good he wants to be.”
The following article is from CBSsports.com. Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says that if Teddy Bridgewater is the best quarterback, he will play. They are hoping that is the case, and so are we!
Teddy Bridgewater is the Vikings‘ latest franchise quarterback, a first-round pick taken three years after the team pegged Christian Ponder as that guy. Ponder will almost certainly be a free agent after the 2015 season, and it’s reasonable to think that, barring injuries, he may have already taken his last snap in a Vikings uniform.
Matt Cassel is the other veteran quarterback on the roster, and he played better than Ponder last season. But there’s a reason the team traded back into the first round to grab Bridgewater: They need immediate help at the position. That said, first-year coach Mike Zimmer won’t throw Bridgewater into the starting lineup until he’s proven he’s ready.
“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, via StarTribune.com. “We always want to have competition.”
The Minnesota Vikings traded up to the last pick of the first round (32nd pick) to draft Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. Most believe Minnesota is one of the situations that best fit our guy Teddy. Teddy will have a good defense, a solid head coach, a picture perfect OC, weapons all around him, oh AND Adrian Peterson.
Teddy just adds to the Louisville flavor in Minnesota joining Gorgui Dieng (Timberwolves), Asia Taylor (Lynx), and Richard Pitino (University of Minnesota) in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.