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Bridgewater struggling in private workouts


Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater disappointed the NFL scouts, coaches and executives in attendance with a shaky performance at his Pro Day workout. Fortunately for Bridgewater, there are lots of private workouts between Pro Day and the draft, giving him lots of opportunities to change NFL perceptions of him.

Unfortunately for Bridgewater, those private workouts haven’t gone any better than his Pro Day. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Bridgewater’s workouts for NFL teams have been very shaky.

The general sense seems to be that Bridgewater is sliding on draft boards. However, all it takes is one team to love Bridgewater, and he’ll still be a high first-round pick.

And it’s easy to see why a team would love Bridgewater: He was an excellent player at Louisville. Anyone would rather have a player who excels on the field but struggles in workouts than a player who struggles on the field but excels in workouts.

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  1. bcreed70 says: Apr 12, 2014 7:03 AM

    I almost feel bad for bridgewater!!! The kid probably can’t wait for the draft to finally get here to slow his freefall…

  2. pantherfan40 says: Apr 12, 2014 7:09 AM

    been telling everyone hes a bust and i been getting alot of heat , dude is just not good

  3. ssraebel says: Apr 12, 2014 7:11 AM

    Really? Tebow is not even in the league.

  4. hawkstradamus says: Apr 12, 2014 7:12 AM

    What a surprise, the guy the “experts” picked as the #1 prospect isn’t looking so good upon further review. Thank god my world champion Seattle Seahawks “reached” on Russell Wilson half way through rd three a few years ago. How’s that punter working out in Jacksonville? #XLVIII Champs!

  5. goraidersgospurs says: Apr 12, 2014 7:13 AM

    My source told me, Teddy wants to slide down to a playoff team!!!

  6. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Apr 12, 2014 7:17 AM

    Teddy seems like a really nice guy, and you have to hope he has a wonderful pro career. And workouts are not the ideal simulation for game day.

    However, my take is workouts can make a QB look better than he is taking live snaps in a game — because there are so many favorable variables substituted for unfavorable variables.

    However, workouts for QBs that go poorly is not a good sign at all.

    If a QB can’t perform under idyllic conditions and shows a glaring inability to cope with pressure and the heat under the bright lights — how is he going to do with convoluted defensive schemes of the NFL with the Ndamukong Suhs, Robert Quinns and Lavonte Davids of the league screaming in to tear off their heads as they try to make split-second sense of complex defensive schemes?

    Here’s hoping Bridgewater proves me wrong — but it doesn’t look all that great for him in my book.

  7. rayder32 says: Apr 12, 2014 7:17 AM

    Think, geno smith

  8. thadamntruth says: Apr 12, 2014 7:18 AM

    Hang in there kid!

  9. joetoronto says: Apr 12, 2014 7:46 AM

    Oh, big surprise.

  10. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 12, 2014 7:50 AM

    I’d sure hate to have to jump through all those hoops in order to get a job.
    But, I don’t make that much. I’m ok with him having to do it.

  11. atlfan31833 says: Apr 12, 2014 7:55 AM

    Any team woyld love a player that struggles in practice but excels in games??
    –Tim Tebow

  12. celticsforever says: Apr 12, 2014 8:10 AM

    A private workout setting IS a game simulation. No one is allowed to hit you. Just like a regular game. I’m sure the defensive stand ins get fined by Goodell for simulating pressure.

  13. deerhuntinfool71 says: Apr 12, 2014 8:11 AM

    Hopefully this all takes him off of the browns radar. We can’t get the qb position right but hopefully this is one less mistake we don’t need.

  14. xinellum says: Apr 12, 2014 8:31 AM

    That is why mock drafts are so unbelievable. There are a bunch of mockers moving Bridgewater up to the first qb pick citing his 71% completion rate and his college throwing yardage as reason to ignore his bad pro day but if he has continued to perform poorly at individual workouts then he will fall below Carr. Mock drafts are fun to see who your team may be interested in but means little as far as who they will pick. Too much other information we don’t have that affects the draft that picking an accurate mock draft is like picking the NCAA tournament. Nobody or no computer can do it.

  15. spasticpickle says: Apr 12, 2014 8:33 AM

    I believe the punter the Jaguars drafted is a borderline All-Pro. And just because Russell Wilson had success in Seattle doesn’t mean he would have been successful in Jacksonville. He was the missing piece of the puzzle in Seattle, they already had a championship team in place, just without a QB. In Jacksonville? Not so much… Who knows if he’d be anywhere near as good in Jacksonville as he is in Seattle…

  16. navigator24 says: Apr 12, 2014 8:33 AM

    He has the exact same physical attributes of Joe Montana: height, weight, speed arm strength. Also the same personality … being a soft-spoken shy type.

    I know he deserves to be a first round pick, but I would love to see him work underneath Philip Rivers for a year or two and be coached by Mike McCoy on the San Diego Chargers

  17. ravenmadnky says: Apr 12, 2014 8:36 AM

    The smokescreen season is in full swing. Yesterday, his alleged low Wonderlic scores were “leaked.” Today, this. I get the feeling that some team wants him badly and is trying to poison the well.

  18. deflateddome says: Apr 12, 2014 8:37 AM

    He is too small with a very slight frame and chicken legs. I think he has ability, but won’t last on the field

  19. tennesseeoilers says: Apr 12, 2014 8:42 AM

    Vince Young excelled in his workouts. Enough said.

  20. hartdaddy says: Apr 12, 2014 8:42 AM

    The guy is hands down the best QB in this draft, why do we over analyze the “process” of getting to the draft so much? Stick to your game film.

  21. time4complaints says: Apr 12, 2014 8:45 AM

    Aaron Rodgers slid down draft boards… I’d say it worked out pretty well for him. So now Teddy may actually fall to a decent team where he doesn’t need to play right away and can learn the position first. The best thing that ever happened to Russell Wilson was getting drafted in the third round by a quality franchise that already had a competitive team. Ending up in a place like Jacksonville is the real career killer for a rookie quarterback.

  22. edggy1 says: Apr 12, 2014 8:47 AM

    He might slide all the way to the CFL where he belongs … !!

  23. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 12, 2014 8:48 AM

    It makes me wonder if he’s trying too hard in these workouts. I would think he’s proven enough in his last two seasons to deserve a little bit of a break but I can understand how it would be troubling to teams that are considering committing millions of dollars to him. Here’s hoping it works out for Teddy. Personally, I think he can be a starter for a team. He may even be another Russell Wilson. Only time will tell. He seems like a good kid.

  24. ravenswhat says: Apr 12, 2014 8:49 AM

    I guarantee he falls to the 2nd rd now.

  25. slick50ks says: Apr 12, 2014 8:50 AM

    This kid has lived off a bowl win over an overrated team long enough.

  26. f1restarter says: Apr 12, 2014 8:58 AM

    As a Packer fan, I’m desperately hoping the Vikings draft this guy at #8.

  27. footballtalk1 says: Apr 12, 2014 8:58 AM

    Ryan Leaf 2.0

  28. officialgame says: Apr 12, 2014 9:07 AM

    Forget the first round he will be lucky to be drafted in the second. Not very big, average arm, and now his accuracy is being questioned.

  29. chipwrecked says: Apr 12, 2014 9:28 AM

    If he is struggling under the pressure of performing for team scouts and execs, how in the world is he going to handle the pressure of a big game?

  30. chargrz says: Apr 12, 2014 9:32 AM

    How many excuses are people going to make for this guy? If a team uses a high pick on this guy then they get what they deserve. He will get someone fired.

  31. bucrightoff says: Apr 12, 2014 9:37 AM

    This sounds like someone is trying to get him to fall so they can draft him in the 16-24 range. Welcome to draft time, where everything that is said between March and draft day is bullcrap.

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 12, 2014 9:47 AM

    Yeah, but is he incompetent enough to QB the Vikings?

  33. fleaman1381 says: Apr 12, 2014 9:57 AM

    I think the expectations for rookie QBs is getting out of hand. It’s very rare you are going to get a draft class like 2012. Sliding down the board is the best thing to happen to Bridgewater, in my opinion.

  34. psly2124 says: Apr 12, 2014 9:57 AM

    He’s sliding because he isn’t that good. He played the weakest schedule in the country his senior year. And he is a geno smith clone. Would take this hi before the 3rd round

  35. kingmugs says: Apr 12, 2014 10:13 AM

    Which ever team leaked this “information” did a very good job … Everyone lies now in hopes of having players slide to them in the draft. Well played.

    Unless he is actually struggling, which I think is unlikely.

  36. stuartmcallister says: Apr 12, 2014 10:24 AM

    I’ll take him. Looks like the next Dan Marino in games.

  37. plymouth11 says: Apr 12, 2014 10:25 AM

    By the end of last ncaa season it seemed like none of the top 10 qb’s eligible for the draft were distinguished from the others because they all have flaws. That doesn’t mean that any of the top 10 qb’s won’t turn out to be great, they just need to be picked by the right team and get the right coaching. The memory of the reaches in the top 15 of the 2011 class is so fresh that this year could be a lot like last year – no high qb picks. I can see scenarios where all the teams who have need at qb are trying to trade down in first to pick up extra picks which they will then use to maneuver to get the qb of their choice in early second round. Personally I love Bridgewater as a football player but like all the qb’s in this draft I’d be hard pressed to take him in the first round.

  38. mapedog1 says: Apr 12, 2014 10:30 AM

    This kid talks an awful lot about how he is the best QB. Those are the guys that usually aren’t.

  39. mikejune says: Apr 12, 2014 10:32 AM

    He was the #1 QB coming into the season, had a pretty great year and was the #1 when the season ended. He makes all the throws in the games, unlike a certain “Mr. Football”. 31 TDs to 4 INTS. BUT I definitely think workouts are the most important part though. If I just watched game film and how a player operates on the field during games I would have never drafted Dan McGuire, Kyle Boller, JeMarcus Russell…wait, here’s a RECENT article from the Dallas Morning News: “Mustangs head coach June Jones had perhaps even higher praise for Gilbert’s day, telling The Dallas Morning News that it was one of the top workouts he’s ever seen.” GARRET GILBERT! Move him up the boards! Yeah, he couldn’t beat out Case McCoy at Texas, but man, can he work out!

  40. qdog112 says: Apr 12, 2014 10:39 AM

    Not so “private” if people know what goes on there. This nothing but the same ole stuff that crops up every year to suppress a players value.

    What’s on tape for 3 years is important, until it’s NOT.

  41. raideralex says: Apr 12, 2014 10:50 AM

    If a ten really thought he was bad, you would want a team to pick him high, you would lie and say he’s doing well.

    If you want a player to slide, you would talk down his workouts.

    Think about how a team would benefit from being honest if he was really struggling. They wouldn’t.

  42. pfffffffffffft says: Apr 12, 2014 10:52 AM

    Teams trashing players before the draft, you don’t say…

  43. jollyjoker2 says: Apr 12, 2014 10:58 AM

    as a Vikings fan…please, please, please do not draft a roll of the dice player in the first round. Get a good LB or defense player…The vikes were 30 or 31st last year in d…not exactly tearing it up in the league.

  44. El Pollo Loco says: Apr 12, 2014 10:59 AM

    The Raiders have already offered him a contract

  45. ibleedpurpleandgoldsince2000 says: Apr 12, 2014 11:04 AM

    I believe this whole “Bridgewater is sliding” thing is being done on purpose. For all we know he doesn’t wanna be in the top 10, getting paid by a team that loves him to suck in other teams private workouts, who knows???…Jerry Jones could be dishing out some stacks to him so he can fall to the Cowboys and finally get rid of Romo because giving him all that dough was a mistake.

  46. cornerstone2001 says: Apr 12, 2014 11:08 AM

    and the league continues to blackball a winner, Tim Tebow, while lesser guys like this get every opportunity

  47. chris6523 says: Apr 12, 2014 11:09 AM

    Tebow’s college numbers: 67.1% completions 88 TDs 15 INT 9286 yards 170.8 QB ranking

    Bridgewater’s college numbers: 68.4% completions 72 TDs 24 INT 9817 yards 157 QB ranking.

    The numbers are strikingly similar. The fact of the matter is choosing prospects for the NFL is an inexact science. I wouldn’t be wise to ignore the workouts and just assume that since Bridgewater put up big number is college that he is going to be a great pro. Buyer beware.

  48. Slim Charles says: Apr 12, 2014 11:13 AM

    Like clockwork, the rumors are coming out about the top black QB prospect in the draft…happens every year.

  49. tjacks7 says: Apr 12, 2014 11:18 AM

    He’ll be the best QB in this class.

  50. grimreaper12 says: Apr 12, 2014 11:22 AM

    Teddy isn’t any good. He played in a weak conference, against 0 NFL talent. Same with Bortles. Teams would be silly to pass on Manziel. Who else wears a helmet and pads during a pro day?
    Johnny ” Tackle ” Football…

  51. ncphinsfan says: Apr 12, 2014 11:28 AM

    GENO SMITH v2.0 Case Closed!

  52. jimmysee says: Apr 12, 2014 11:53 AM

    Think Brian Brohm — another Louisville QB who had a bright future.

  53. chiadam says: Apr 12, 2014 12:02 PM

    Actually, it seems that most NFL teams prefer guys that kill it in the underwear olympics.

  54. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 12, 2014 12:12 PM

    The hapless and tasteless Vikings have Matt Cassell and that noodle-armed Ponder chick. Is Teddy even worse than those guys?

  55. inallsincerity says: Apr 12, 2014 12:23 PM

    The smear campaign continues…some folks just don’t wanna see Teddy B. drafted high and make a lot of money.

    He should be drafted on what did in games over the course of his career in college.

  56. SAV says: Apr 12, 2014 12:29 PM

    Bridgewater is Leftwich, Finkel is Einhorn. Just take one look at that spindly body and you’d be nuts to expect ELITE. The guy is not a tireless worker, the physique speaks volumes. Not shocked at all by this, expected it.

  57. funshipm174 says: Apr 12, 2014 12:42 PM

    As Vikings fan I want to pass on Bridgewater and draft Khahlil Mack. Defense needs to be built up and hopefully Ole Ricky biy can actually pull a S.F. or Seattle and grab someone good in the second round. Vikings aren’t going to the playoffs anyway this year, so Good ridance to any further thoughts of drafting a q.b. just to grab someone.

  58. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 12, 2014 12:55 PM

    I guess my suck for teddy theory is kaput. I hope the Vikings draft a linebacker with their first pick. This draft clearly has no good quarterback prospects worth taking in the first round other than maybe Johnny Manziel but he most likely won’t be there at #8

  59. 12hawksfan1976 says: Apr 12, 2014 12:56 PM

    Sounds like a perfect fit for that dumpster fire in Minnesota.

  60. baller2189 says: Apr 12, 2014 1:23 PM

    Johny manziel is the best qb. Brigewater is the second, Tahj Boyd 3rd, McCarron 4th, Bortles 5th. That’s my top 5. Carr sucks balls

  61. jaygruntboston says: Apr 12, 2014 2:32 PM

    After watching his pro day, he looks, moves around, and throws just like Akili Smith.

  62. zeekey301 says: Apr 12, 2014 3:03 PM

    It’s funny how they say he’s struggling in PRIVATE workouts what about private says for the public I think teams are saying that hoping higher draft pick teams would skip over him so he can drop to them. Smart and kind of dirty at the same time but what team in the nfl plays far these days. I don’t see him getting past Jacksonville in the draft

  63. steves11 says: Apr 12, 2014 3:20 PM

    People make too much of a stat like Completion Percentage. In the NFL, QBs have 65% completion percentages (and better) because most of their passes are short dumpoffs and checkdowns that are basically given to them by the defense. If they only counted passes that travelled 10 yards or more beyond the line of scrimmage the completion percentages would be much lower

  64. bgu42 says: Apr 12, 2014 3:48 PM

    Perfect 1st pick for the Jets…..

  65. skolisstupid says: Apr 12, 2014 4:17 PM

    The vikings will take him because they help struggling players like nobody else. Best coaching staff ever. Smartest GM in history. Skol, still dumb.

  66. skolisstupid says: Apr 12, 2014 4:21 PM

    been telling everyone hes a bust and i been getting alot of heat , dude is just not good

    Oh, thanks for the insight supreme talent evaluator.

  67. condor75 says: Apr 12, 2014 5:20 PM

    atlfan31833 says:
    Apr 12, 2014 7:55 AM
    Any team woyld love a player that struggles in practice but excels in games??
    –Tim Tebow
    Dude it is time to let it go, I mean seriously
    77 29

  68. knew8411 says: Apr 12, 2014 6:11 PM

    If a player struggles on the field….well we wouldnt be having a conversation then. Because most draftees who struggle on the field in college, never see the light of the playing field, and there fore wont be working out for any one. Let alone be drafted.

  69. NakedCowboy! says: Apr 13, 2014 3:30 AM

    now it turns it he has only had 1 pvt workout to date… these are some brave kids living under so much scrutiny… not for the faint-hearted…

  70. stpetejohnny says: Apr 13, 2014 4:51 PM

    To those of you bringing up Russell Wilson….stop it. He is a decent QB on a team with a powerful defense, great O line and top flight RB. At least 15 or more NFl QB’s could win with that powerful Seattle team.
    He is not special and never will be. As soon as that team starts to weaken he will look very average.

  71. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 15, 2014 12:10 PM

    It’s always fun to speculate on who the next Viking QB failure will be.

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