untitledOnce upon a time, a young Louisville prospect named Teddy Bridgewater was considered to be the top quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bridgewater was said to have it all, the arm, the poise, the smarts, and everything in between. Former coaches, like Jon Gruden ranted and raved about how high of a football IQ Bridgewater had; that he could read any defense anyone threw at him, he had good mobility and accuracy, and more accolades that led many to believe that he would be the first quarterback taken in the draft, if not the first overall pick. But the young signal caller fell down the draft boards of many teams, with the biggest knock being his hand size. Bridgewater decided that he would not wear gloves while throwing during his pro-day and after his unsuccessful showing, the questions about his hand size began. Team personnel and scouts would also begin to knock his frame and size.

On draft day 31 picks came and went, including the ninth pick owned by the Minnesota Vikings, a team in need of a franchise quarterback whom opted to go the defensive rout with linebacker Anthony Barr. But as the first round progressed, and Bridgewater remained on the board, incoming offensive coordinator Norv Turner made his point to Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman that Bridgewater was their chance at a game-changing quarterback. It was enough to convince the team to trade with the Seattle Seahawks for the 32nd pick, and select the young quarterback. The offseason and preseason flew by with the Vikings opting to go with veteran Matt Cassel opening week starter at the position.

imagesY7DW40FVHowever, this past Sunday Cassel went down and Bridgewater made his NFL debut. He was solid in relief, completing 12 of 20 passes for 150 yards, and while no scores, there were also no interceptions, and he ran six times for 27 yards. It was reported that the coaches for the Vikings were becoming a bit annoyed with Cassel and had wanted to insert Bridgewater in the starting lineup anyway. Now with Cassel on injured reserve and out for the season, the future is now for Bridgewater, as he will be getting his first start of the season this upcoming Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. While he made some nice throws this past weekend, he also missed some, but proved that he was a little quicker on his feet than he was given credit for. With the recent string of young quarterbacks in Minnesota- Joe Webb and Christian Ponder- it remains to be seen if Bridgewater can buck the trend and become the franchise signal caller the Vikings and their fan base is desperate for, especially with star Adrian Peterson’s current issues. Unfortunately for the rookie, he is taking over a team without a strong defense, and one that is missing one of its main offensive weapons indefinitely. One thing is for sure, it’s Teddy’s chance to shine.

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