I have always been a big believer in starting Teddy Bridgewater this season, because the Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback is incredibly polished and should already be a more competent passer than either Matt Cassel or Christian Ponder. Not only are both of those two quarterbacks underwhelming, but there’s nothing like learning on the job. A fair competition is in order, so I will be more than a tad disappointed if Bridgewater can’t beat those two out.
But with the way positive reports have flowed in, it looks like Bridgewater is already making a strong impression on the Vikings organization and is outshining both veterans. His deep ball was highlighted as one of his few glaring weaknesses heading into the pre-draft process, but we’ve heard nothing but praise with regards to his deep ball.
The NFL Network’s Albert Breer added to the positive buzz surrounding Bridgewater by tweeting that his “sense” is that the Vikings “are impressed” with how much the Louisville product has progressed and improved in his first offseason in the NFL. This isn’t a surprise to hear, but it’s good news nonetheless. The Vikings have a wide open competition, but it’s honestly ideal for Bridgewater to get his feet wet as a rookie and run an offense that has a great line, Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, Kyle Rudolph, and Norv Turner as the OC. If he isn’t deemed to be fit, at least Cassel is an adequate option for a stopgap.