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.
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.
This is the first installment of The Stemmys. Every Wednesday I will put out my list of weekly awards given to those that have earned them. The amount and names of awards may differ each week but they are sure to be entertaining!
Mr. Truthful Award: Josh Shaw (USC CB)
Shaw is an on the field leader for the Trojans but his actions this week went even further. Shaw sprained both ankles while jumping in a pool to save his drowning nephew…..Wait what is that..
….Well this is awkward.
The “You have got to be kidding me?!” Award: The Miami Hurricanes
The Cards open up with the Miami Hurricanes this week and both teams are ready to play! The Cards look to start off in the ACC the right way and the Canes want revenge because they feel……………Disrespected? Miami claims that the Cards talked to much trash and tried to “run the score up”. Cry me a flipping river!!
So lets get this straight THE U, the team that has a 30 for 30 about how much they run their mouth is upset about big bad Louisville talking too much? This should tell you all you need to know haha. Looking forward to that blowout Monday.
Brace yourself for this. A Charlie Strong-coached team has been accused of running the score up. Apparently, that is what the Cards were doing to Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl last season, according to cornerback Corn Elder. The following comes from the rest of the article on CanesWatch.com.
“Honestly, I remember them trying to run the score up,” he said. “Just disrespecting us, pretty much.”
After Deon Bush sacked Teddy Bridgewater for a safety on the opening drive, it was all Cardinals. They went up 22-2 at halftime and were still carving up UM’s defense in the final minutes.
“I feel like they were out there talking a lot of trash,” Elder said. “They have a lot of players from here. It was a confidence thing.”
Teddy is just the man, not much else to say! He took out an ad in “The Louisville Cardinal”, which is the student newspaper at UofL, to thank the fans of the Louisville Cardinals.
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.
It’s getting to be that time where the national publications release their preseason college football polls. There will be many different ones of course. This one is from Lindy’s, who have the Cards at #31 on their countdown. I would expect this to be about where most magazines and other media outlets have the Cards, somewhere around that #25 mark. Many factors will contribute to that. Yes there is a lot of talent back, but the uncertainty of a new QB, replacing 3 first round NFL Draft picks, and everything you already know about.
Here is what Lindy’s says about the Cards in 2014…(They mention Robert Clark, but of course he has transferred to Samford.)
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!
With the recent news that running back Senorise Perry has signed with the Chicago Bears, that now makes 9 former Louisville Cardinals from last year’s team that are on NFL teams right now. Here is the tweet from Brad Biggs, who covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune.
Here is the updated list.
Calvin Pryor – 18th overall to the New York Jets
Marcus Smith – 26th overall to the Philadelphia Eagles
Teddy Bridgewater – 32nd overall to the Minnesota Vikings
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 first night of the 2014 NFL Draft was the big one for the University of Louisville. On that night, three players were selected in the first round. Over the next two days, only one player was picked. However, there have been many free agent signings since the draft ended. Here is a list of the players that were either drafted or have signed as free agents. (As of 11:50 p.m. on Saturday night)
Calvin Pryor – 18th overall to the New York Jets
Marcus Smith – 26th overall to the Philadelphia Eagles
So far your University of Louisville Cardinals have done very well in the NFL draft. 3 first round selections for the Cards are the most ever in one year. No more than 1 had ever been taken in round one in the history of the program. Calvin Pryor (18) Marcus Smith (26) and Teddy Bridgewater (32) now give the Cards 11 players to be drafted during the first round. Preston Brown was taken on day 2 as the ninth pick of the third round. So as historic and successful as this draft has already been for UofL, will we hear any names on day 3? I say yes. Who is still available to be selected? Will they be drafted? I will update this all day during the draft to tell you just who made it. Here are the guys still available for selection. Good luck and Go Cards!