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.
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Some of the “experts” at CBSSports.com have updated their 2014 NFL Mock Drafts. Of these four guys, three of them have UCF’s Blake Bortles going #1 overall. They don’t have Teddy Bridgewater going to very ideal situations for a quarterback. Of course these are just their opinions and don’t mean much, but I found it interesting that none of them had Teddy going 1st or 2nd, and that 3 of them had Bortles going first. However, they all get points for having Calvin Pryor in the first round.
Sports Illustrated put out a list of the Top 25 games in the 2013-2014 season and the Cards only loss of the season made the list. The Cards 38-35 loss to the UCF Knights on October 18th ranked as the 11th best game of the season. While it may not be the best memory for us all I can resepct the fact that of all the great games this season the Cards played in one of the best. Here’s what SI had to say about the game:
11. UCF 38, Louisville 35 (Oct. 18)
Before Blake Bortles and Storm Johnson were household names, they were the sparks of an upstart UCF squad that knocked off then-No. 8 Louisville, a team many assumed would cruise to an undefeated season in the weak AAC. Midway through the third quarter against the Knights, everything seemed to be falling into place for Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals, who led 28-7. However, UCF roared back with a rushing score from Johnson and two touchdown passes from Bortles — one to Johnson and a game-winner with 23 seconds left — to stun Louisville at home.
It was instead the Knights who completed an unblemished AAC campaign en route to a Fiesta Bowl victory. – CB
You can see the full list HERE
Tonight we face a team that at the beginning of the year people thought would be the toughest game on our schedule. Then we got to watch them beat Penn State and dominate South Carolina for 3 1/2 quarters. They are an all around good team when you look at their Offense led by Blake Bortles and their Defense was much better before sack leader Blake Keller left the team just days before the match-up. The line opened at 13 and is now up to 14 with an over/under of 53 at most sites. Here is what CSZ thinks the final score will be and how Heisman hopeful Teddy Bridgewater will fair against UCF:
Daryl: 280 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT. Score: 27-12
Jeremy: 339 yards, 4 TD. Score 41-17
Justin: 310 yards, 2 TD. Score 31-10
Steve: 320 yards, 3 TD. Score 38-21