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Bridgewater will get some first-team reps in OTAs

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In Cleveland, the Browns are trying to knock Johnny down.  In Minnesota, the Vikings are trying to build Teddy up.

Contrary to the “you’re a backup, act like it” message the Browns have sent to the 22nd overall pick in the draft, the Vikings apparently will employ the “you’re a starter, act like it” approach to the man taken 10 spots later.

Via ESPN.com, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said that Bridgewater will get some first-team reps during the upcoming full-squad OTA practices.  The sessions begin May 28.

Presumably, veteran Matt Cassel will get the rest of the first-team reps.

It’s always smart to not install a rookie quarterback as the starter from the get-go, because he then has only one place to go — down.  Make him the backup and let him climb the ladder if/when he shows that he can.

The “if” becomes a given, if the front office wants to justify the faith in the player that resulted in him becoming a first-round pick.  For Bridgewater, whose confidence may have been shattered by a pre-draft process that saw him slide from the top five to the seventh five, a show of faith from the coaching staff could be precisely what he needs to blossom at the next level.

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  1. londonlion81 says: May 18, 2014 12:01 PM

    Is the media bitter that they can’t invade the Browns camp like they did for the Jets camp when Tebow was there? Sounds like it.

  2. holdsteady76 says: May 18, 2014 12:03 PM

    Johnny will always require energy from management in terms of managing his ego and personality.

    Teddy on the other hand is as likable, humble, professional, and dedicated as any person I have encountered.

  3. thesmartest1 says: May 18, 2014 12:08 PM

    This won’t end well.

  4. thevikesarebest says: May 18, 2014 12:12 PM

    I can’t wait till the start of the season.the teddy bridge water/mikezimmer era has begun.teddy bridge water will be a probowler and will smoke the cheesehead defense twice next year.the packers will decline because of terrible drafting and a lazy GM.meanwhile the vikings will own the division just like we did in the 80s.SKOL

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 18, 2014 12:13 PM

    Who would have thought Cleveland’s coaching staff would turn out to be more competent than Minnesota’s?

  6. thestrategyexpert says: May 18, 2014 12:13 PM

    Not bad for a guy that got drafted after Johnny Manziel. I like this approach better than the cute mouse-zeal style that Cleveland is going for.

  7. ammarradhi says: May 18, 2014 12:15 PM

    Yea the slow approach worked great for Ponder, wanted to give him time behind Mcnabb. Look what rushing a rookie like Luck and Wilson did to their confidence.

    Let the best guy play!

  8. bigredgoog says: May 18, 2014 12:15 PM

    Great second paragraph.

  9. clownsfan says: May 18, 2014 12:16 PM

    T. Bridgewater < G. Smith.

  10. purplove1 says: May 18, 2014 12:18 PM

    For some reason, i don’t see this turning out any better than average at best. Not particularly thrilled with what spiel an has done to drive the franchise into the basement of the division and NFL. I like the zimmer hire, however, a horse is only as strong as the person stearing it.

  11. filthymcnastyi says: May 18, 2014 12:18 PM

    Packers, Lions and Bears window is closing…and fast!

  12. irishgary says: May 18, 2014 12:18 PM

    It must really suck being a Vikings fan

  13. whatjusthapped says: May 18, 2014 12:20 PM

    They signed Cassel to a 2 year contract for a reason, that’s to protect whatever bust they drafted in the first round from having to come in a be a starter from the get go.

    In the final analysis, neither is a franchise Qb and while it might take a bit longer to reach that conclusion with Bridgewater than it did with Ponder, that doesn’t mean the outcome is any less certain.

    Spielman is indeed a genius in one regard, his ability to retain his job despite his track record with Qb’s.

  14. mrfrostyj says: May 18, 2014 12:21 PM

    Other than they both picked QB’s in this months draft the situations in Cleveland and Minnesota are no where near the same. The Browns were in first place in their division when their other QB was playing and their season died when that guy got injured…not because of bad play. The Vikings played musical QB’s because none of the ones they had were consistent.

    In other words Bridgewater is an Alex Smith (might end up playing right away due to lack of skill and depth at that position on the roster) while Manziel is an Aaron Rogers (probably has the talent but the team who selected him is not in a position where they have to force it).

  15. bloomer006999999 says: May 18, 2014 12:22 PM

    Bridgewater said that he’d make 31 other teams pay …

    I believe him.

    He’s gonna be a great QB in the NFL.

  16. pillowporkers says: May 18, 2014 12:22 PM

    I’m pretty sure that they haven’t handed Bridgewater anything. They have stated over and over again that this is a fair competition between all 3 QBs? A fair competition would imply they would SPLIT reps with the 1st team? He’s not been named the starter, nor is he taking all of the 1st team reps. It’s more of a “If you want the job, take it” type of approach.

  17. my84cj7 says: May 18, 2014 12:24 PM

    Minneapolis is great if you like snow. Not so much if you like football. 4-12 at best in 2014

  18. skoljmack7 says: May 18, 2014 12:26 PM

    People who think Manziel is legitimately number 2 are fools. This is an inflated attempt to mask the fact that the owner pushed for this pick. On the internal depth chart Manziel is unquestioned number 1 QB.

  19. GenXJay says: May 18, 2014 12:28 PM

    remember when Lord Favre refused to coddle ShAaron…that was an epic schism to be embraced by a Gm & their fans forever.

  20. kmd882realitybites says: May 18, 2014 12:29 PM

    If a rookie proves to be good enough to win the spot as the starter then he should be the starter. All the other nonsense doesn’t matter.

  21. tonyc920 says: May 18, 2014 12:34 PM

    Vikings fans think the messiah has blessed them with Bridgewater. Little do they realize is 31 teams passed on him for a reason. 3 more years of futility and then they clean house again except the GM goes this time too.

  22. ecountry411 says: May 18, 2014 12:34 PM

    You guys will love Zimmer, he was great for the Bengals and the defense. No nonsense guy that will tell any star what he thinks. I think Teddy will be ok too, great kid.

  23. 700levelvet says: May 18, 2014 12:34 PM

    4-12 no matter who starts

  24. truths4all says: May 18, 2014 12:36 PM

    Forget the mindgames talk that this story keeps harping about. Once the players play and practice, showing you understand the offense, the plays called, and executing those plays are what are going to get you elevated and get you confidence.

    Giving you reps with the first team is meaningless if you can’t execute and make the plays.

    Giving a player pats on the back and allowing him to hangout with the starters is junior high stuff. Make the plays in the pros and they will elevate you as there is big money riding on winning (unless you are Whisenhunt in AZ who played who is the big dog in the house mindgames with his players instead of wanting to win actual games. Of course the fool got fired).

  25. ragnarthemagnificent says: May 18, 2014 12:37 PM

    Thanks again for spending all that $ on the qb study for us Cleveland Frowns. Skol!

  26. golforepar says: May 18, 2014 12:52 PM

    I can’t believe “Baby hands” Bilgewater beat out “Noodle arm” Ponder!

  27. coachkilla6 says: May 18, 2014 12:53 PM

    With AP on a steep decline, there really is no window of opportunity for this team. Might as well start TB right away, get a couple of 3-13 seasons under his belt, and then draft a real QB in a few years with a new GM. Minnesota may once again be relevant in 2020. Until then, they’re relegated to the NFCN basement as usual.

  28. johnnytarr says: May 18, 2014 12:53 PM

    How do you properly asses his talent if you don’t give him the best available talent to work with? I like it,besides it’s only practice.

  29. unitedramp says: May 18, 2014 12:56 PM

    Vikings owned the 80’s?

  30. tjacks7 says: May 18, 2014 1:00 PM

    Bridgewater (and his “tiny hands” that measure in 1/4th an inch smaller than Rodgers) will start the season. Ponder wouldn’t start in the WNFL and Cassel is inconsistently average at best.

    Meanwhile in Wisconsin, purple jerseys are flying off the shelves as Ted Thompson continues to draft bust after bust.

  31. imnotsorryisaidthat says: May 18, 2014 1:08 PM

    They brought Zimmer in to win with defense..This move proves it

  32. poiseup says: May 18, 2014 1:13 PM

    The Viking now have 5 1st round draft choices over the last 2 years. To me it looks like a 5-6 win team. Get a real GM who knows what he/she is doing! The Vikings make the Lions look like they know what they are doing!

  33. admiralgeneralaladeen says: May 18, 2014 1:16 PM

    I still fail to see what 31 teams passing on a player has to do with how good a player will be and why that fact is used to knock down Bridgewater. Drew Brees was picked in the same spot and Russell Wilson was passed by everybody twice. 6 QBs were taken ahead of Tom Brady, does that mean those 6 turned out better? No.

  34. tokyosandblaster says: May 18, 2014 1:16 PM

    Only to fail miserably like all other Vikings.

    >

  35. cardiovascularendurance says: May 18, 2014 1:18 PM

    I really like this dude. I’d love to see him come in, win right away and shut up Aaron Rodgers and all of those ridiculous cheeseheaded fans of his.

  36. jcbadger34 says: May 18, 2014 1:21 PM

    In the last 25 years, the Minnesota Vikings have a grand total of 6 playoff wins. The last time they won more than one playoff game in a single postseason was…..1987.

    SKLOL.

  37. realmenwearstripes says: May 18, 2014 1:22 PM

    Zim knows something about this guy that no one else does. Count on it.

  38. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 18, 2014 1:26 PM

    Worst franchise in the history of the WORLD.

    0 Championships.

  39. 4thandnone says: May 18, 2014 1:32 PM

    Not really a huge surprise, we have seen what the other two can do with the first team starters over the last couple years. That’s why they drafted a 1st round QB.

  40. ubepunkedagain says: May 18, 2014 1:44 PM

    Teddy “Small hands” Bilgewater. Minnesota will be praying for Ponder after this guy shrivels under pressure. He’s built and has the frame of a 12 year old boy.

  41. golforepar says: May 18, 2014 1:47 PM

    The Vikings are counting on big things from “baby hands” Bridgewafer. Surprisingly since the Vikings have lost the last 5 NFC Championships they made it to. Everyone knows about the 4 Super Bowl outcomes!!

  42. FlashPatterson says: May 18, 2014 1:48 PM

    I don’t understand why people waste their time bashing the Vikings if they’re so terrible. Because they’re scared probably.

  43. stellarperformance says: May 18, 2014 1:52 PM

    Bridgewater has come close to perfecting a two-handed overhead spiral. He was forced to adapt due to his childlike hand size. Good for him. I hope he makes it.

  44. tangysizzl says: May 18, 2014 1:52 PM

    Anybody else find it ironic that a Minnesota team would have the gall to draft a guy named BRIDGE WATER? LOL.

  45. sterling7 says: May 18, 2014 1:53 PM

    I was watching film of Teddy Bridgewater broken down showing how he is strictly a pocket passer and how well he reads defenses. I love pocket passers and obviously that is my preference but I was absolutely amazed at how well Teddy Bridgewater reads his checkdowns. I think he may be a modern day Johnny Unitas. It was uncanny as I’ve been watching football since 1968. I think both Bridgewater and Barr could be the steals of the draft-but I guess it depends on how much time you really put into watching and studying football and not believing everything the media puts in front of you………

  46. beerbratscheese says: May 18, 2014 1:55 PM

    So I guess the question on everybody’s mind is how long will it take for Bridgewater to embrace the suck?

  47. ubepunkedagain says: May 18, 2014 1:56 PM

    Minnesota is officially on the “Tank with Teddy” wagon now. Hitched and ready to go for a steep dive into one of 10,000 lakes.

  48. dirtyhelmet says: May 18, 2014 2:08 PM

    The only thing that is really clear is that the Packers “fans” see their decline and the Vikings about to rise. They love to spout off about AD’s decline, but it’s their own thinly veiled concern about Rodgers real decline. Great cause for alarm when your team is a one trick pony and was exposed as such last year. Welcome to the next thirty years of irrelevance Pack “fans”. Unlike Vikings fans that weather the hard times, these rats will start abandoning ship soon. Vikings are rebuilding and the results are going to show in the next couple of seasons. Packers have put their eggs in one basket and that will also become more pronounced over the next couple of years. The balance will shift.

  49. kamthechancellor says: May 18, 2014 2:21 PM

    “He only has one place to go, down.” Unless he’s a stud like Russell Wilson. Then the sky’s the limit. SuperBowl in his second season. Guarantee you Bustwater can’t do that. Even his coach thinks he has nowhere to go but down.

  50. afcdomination says: May 18, 2014 2:22 PM

    why can’t teams have some patience? I like the approach of letting them take the role of the backup, with the 2’s, and let the guy you paid 5 mil to start, get his opportunity to show that kid, and he is a kid, how to be a pro. Cassel may not be a great QB, but he is a pro. Bridgewater could learn from that, and if Cassel struggles after half a season, maybe you start to move Teddy into the conversation

    by doing this you basically screwed cassel. fans are calling for bridgewater even faster than they would have before.

  51. obsessedvikingfan says: May 18, 2014 2:26 PM

    Edited so it might remain on board.

    Every team is 0-0 right now. What rival fans spew has no effect on anything. Even if the Vikings had the best team in the league (which a true fan knows they don’t) Packer, Bear and Lion fans would say they suck.

    Just like Viking fans say Rodgers suck when true fans know he is one of the best.

    Is the season here yet so some of this useless trash talk might have meaning after a game is actually played?

  52. stellarperformance says: May 18, 2014 2:32 PM

    By the way…..Rodgers’ hand size is 10-1/8″. Bridgewaters’ hand size is 9-1/4″. You need to get this fact straight so there are no further surprises for you this fall. I’m glad I could help.

  53. staffordsyear says: May 18, 2014 2:39 PM

    2-14.

  54. jimmysee says: May 18, 2014 2:43 PM

    I’m a lifelong Packers fan who wishes this kid nothing but good luck and success .. Except twice a year.

  55. golforepar says: May 18, 2014 2:45 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    May 18, 2014 2:32 PM

    By the way…..Rodgers’ hand size is 10-1/8″. Bridgewaters’ hand size is 9-1/4″. You need to get this fact straight so there are no further surprises for you this fall. I’m glad I could help.

    Good luck outdoors!

  56. gbmickey says: May 18, 2014 2:49 PM

    We Packer posters like to have fun at the expense of the purple posters. We dominate on the field so I kind of doubt we are scared of the queens. We get to watch our team go for the 7th straight playoffs appearance while your hope is not to make it 4 out of 5 in the cellar.

  57. qdog112 says: May 18, 2014 2:56 PM

    HAND SIZE …? We’ve come down to that – for real?

    Makes me wonder who’s hands he used to throw 31/4 TD/INT ratio last year and 72/24 over 3 years. Did I mention 10k yards and a 157 passing rating?

    Noway he did it with those tiny hands, noway.

  58. wallydippins says: May 18, 2014 2:57 PM

    Teddy and those woman-like hands are going to fail miserably.

    Should have went with Manziel.

  59. alshonbrandontandem says: May 18, 2014 3:14 PM

    Little hands.

    That’s all that needs to be said

  60. paoconno says: May 18, 2014 3:19 PM

    Clearly Bridgewater’s small hands crippled his passing numbers in college. I mean, did he even complete a pass at Louisville…what’s that? Oh, he did. Quite a few, huh? Still, his completion percentage must have sucked…oh, wait. It was how high? Wow. But still, he musta throw a TON of interception…he didn’t? Damn.

    But still, I heard them talking about Bridgewater’s hand size on ESPN, which now makes me an expert on finger length and its corrolation to QB success, so I HAVE to be right that he is gonna be bad!

  61. donnymacjack says: May 18, 2014 3:27 PM

    Now that we know where all the “best” QB’s were drafted, given each team they went to and given the situation they are in with that team…two questions:

    1. Who is going to have the best 2014 rookie season?

    2. Who is going to surprise you the most in 2014 and why? (Good or bad surprise.)

    Number 1, I think Manziel will have the best rookie season. All these QB’s went to teams with mediocre o-lines except for Cleveland. Pair Manziel up with a pretty darn good o-line and his scrambling ability, and accuracy on the run, and he could put up some impressive numbers, even if without Flash Gordon.

    Number 2, I think Carr might be the biggest surprise and it will be in a positive manner. Oakland’s an intriguing team for 2014 and even though they are in the AFC West I think they will compete well.

  62. obamareallysucks says: May 18, 2014 3:27 PM

    al sharpton demanded that tb start!

  63. deltaoracle says: May 18, 2014 3:41 PM

    Mini paid big money to a DE with one career start. They drafted an OLB at #8 who’s been playing defense for 2 years. They took a first round QB with little cold-weather experience. And their fans are predicting this long-shot trifecta means domination. We’ll see.

  64. leatherface2012 says: May 18, 2014 3:46 PM

    Vikings fans think the messiah has blessed them with Bridgewater. Little do they realize is 31 teams passed on him for a reason. 3 more years of futility and then they clean house again except the GM goes this time too.

    like rodgers fell to 24th? why did that happen?

  65. admiralgeneralaladeen says: May 18, 2014 4:17 PM

    If hand size mattered Colin Kaepernick and his 9 1/8th inch hands wouldn’t have beat the Packers in Lambeau last January.

    Don’t let facts get in the way of the narrative, though.

  66. tonyc920 says: May 18, 2014 4:25 PM

    So HANDSIZE DOESN’T MATTER ??????????
    Remember Dante Culpepper ?? Big man, small hands, lot’s of fumbles, bad accuracy throwing in cold or wet conditions.
    Handsize is a factor.

  67. tonyc920 says: May 18, 2014 4:32 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    May 18, 2014 3:46 PM
    Vikings fans think the messiah has blessed them with Bridgewater. Little do they realize is 31 teams passed on him for a reason. 3 more years of futility and then they clean house again except the GM goes this time too.

    like rodgers fell to 24th? why did that happen?
    ———————————————

    Because the teams drafting from #8 to #23 didn’t need QB’s. Minnesota passed on Rodgers at #7 that year, took Troy Williamson.
    How did that work out ?? Not so good, did it.

  68. wallabear says: May 18, 2014 4:32 PM

    I think a lot of teams looked at Teddy/Louisville versus Bortles/UCF on October 18, 2013 and gave Bortles the notch-up (resulting in a nice and hefty $20M draft signing bonus), although it was simply a team loss for Louisville, no fault to Teddy. But that’s now all-in-the-past. I do not think Bridgewater is as prolific a pocket-passer as Geno Smith (42 TDs, 6 INTs in his final collegiate outing), though Bridgewater will be a consistent “by-the-book” quarterback in the NFL and is an excellent addition to A.P., by far.

  69. rosstuckershair says: May 18, 2014 4:38 PM

    Mini paid big money to a DE with one career start. They drafted an OLB at #8 who’s been playing defense for 2 years. They took a first round QB with little cold-weather experience. And their fans are predicting this long-shot trifecta means domination. We’ll see….

    The Packers paid big money to a washed up under achiever with bad feet…to play Linebacker?..Riiight..

    The other signing was a former Viking…that will probably start for that terrible defense. Most teams that have franchise QB will have a better defense because the QB play is so good. Even with Aaron, the Packers are still a toilet paper defense. The content busts along the front 7 are taking a toll, and having to resort to a Viking castoff and Julius, who every OC in the league has already drawn up plays to isolate him on a Tight End…

  70. teamnorsecore says: May 18, 2014 4:51 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    May 18, 2014 12:20 PM
    They signed Cassel to a 2 year contract for a reason, that’s to protect whatever bust they drafted in the first round from having to come in a be a starter from the get go.

    In the final analysis, neither is a franchise Qb and while it might take a bit longer to reach that conclusion with Bridgewater than it did with Ponder, that doesn’t mean the outcome is any less certain.

    Spielman is indeed a genius in one regard, his ability to retain his job despite his track record with Qb’s.
    ………..
    Bridgewater hasn’t even thrown a pass in a NFL game and he is already labeled a bust and not a “franchise QB”. The new thing from Packer Land, Arm-Chair GM-ing. “I decided to root for the Packers so that automatically makes me a football arm-chair QB, an arm-chair coach and now an arm-chair GM. Must be nice, I’m jealous.

  71. leatherface2012 says: May 18, 2014 5:07 PM

    By the way…..Rodgers’ hand size is 10-1/8″. Bridgewaters’ hand size is 9-1/4″. You need to get this fact straight so there are no further surprises for you this fall. I’m glad I could help.

    and andre the giants hand size was 16″ so whats your point?

  72. leatherface2012 says: May 18, 2014 5:11 PM

    Teddy “Small hands” Bilgewater. Minnesota will be praying for Ponder after this guy shrivels under pressure. He’s built and has the frame of a 12 year old boy.

    yep and rodgers is built like hulk hogan in his prime

  73. admiralgeneralaladeen says: May 18, 2014 5:12 PM

    So HANDSIZE DOESN’T MATTER ??????????
    Remember Dante Culpepper ?? Big man, small hands, lot’s of fumbles, bad accuracy throwing in cold or wet conditions.
    Handsize is a factor.
    ———————————————————-
    But apparently they were good enough to beat the Packers in the playoffs. At Lambeau. Hand size doesn’t have nearly as big of an impact as how you protect the ball, which comes down to pocket awareness. Bridgewater has smaller hands than Culpepper, but has excellent awareness, which is why he only had 3 fumbles last year.

  74. admiralgeneralaladeen says: May 18, 2014 5:19 PM

    Vikings fans think the messiah has blessed them with Bridgewater. Little do they realize is 31 teams passed on him for a reason. 3 more years of futility and then they clean house again except the GM goes this time too.

    like rodgers fell to 24th? why did that happen?
    ———————————————

    Because the teams drafting from #8 to #23 didn’t need QB’s. Minnesota passed on Rodgers at #7 that year, took Troy Williamson.
    How did that work out ?? Not so good, did it.
    ——————————————————-
    Hindsight is 20/20. Daunte Culpepper was coming off a season where he finished 2nd in the MVP voting and the Vikings had just traded Randy Moss. Why in God’s green earth would they pick Aaron Rodgers? I’m sure now they would, but at the time, there was no way to predict that Culpepper would get his knee shredded and Rodgers would become an All-Pro. Oh, and by the way, from pick 12 until Cleveland there were no teams that needed QBs. No teams after Cleveland that needed QBs either, until the Vikings traded up, which would help explain why Bridgewater slipped. Very much like how Rodgers slipped.

  75. tonyc920 says: May 18, 2014 5:42 PM

    I never said they should have drafted Rodgers. All I was saying is I think the Bridgewater pick was ill advised. I think there will be a price to pay and unfortunately for Vikings fans you will be looking at QB again in 3 years. Maybe this time you get rid of your problem, your GM. You cannot deny he has made some quetionable decisions along the way that has affected team performance. Coaches coach, GM’s select the the players, right ?

  76. leatherface2012 says: May 18, 2014 5:42 PM

    We Packer posters like to have fun at the expense of the purple posters. We dominate on the field so I kind of doubt we are scared of the queens. We get to watch our team go for the 7th straight playoffs appearance while your hope is not to make it 4 out of 5 in the cellar.

    and how many 1 and dones? why cant rodgers beat kapernick? please answer. please do

  77. tonyc920 says: May 18, 2014 5:44 PM

    How many head coaches does he need to fire before you scratch your head and say, maybe Rick is the problem ???

  78. tonyc920 says: May 18, 2014 5:54 PM

    At least we get there LEATHERFACE. And if I’m correct the last time Minn made it, the season ended at Lambeau, 1 and out. Right ?

  79. donnymacjack says: May 18, 2014 6:20 PM

    @admiralgeneralaladeen

    Umm Kaep’s tiny hands HAVE hurt him, more than once. Take a look at his fumbles last year. Better yet, take a look at his fumble in the NFC Championship and then tell me his baby fingers don’t matter. Heck you can even look to the first game of the year against Seattle. He lost a ball in that one too. Size DOES matter. :)

  80. dirtyhelmet says: May 18, 2014 7:03 PM

    Packers on the decline.

  81. hazelmn says: May 18, 2014 7:18 PM

    They are paying Cassel $4m a year, so I highly doubt the Vikings want to just toss the keys to Bridgewater. But it sure looks like the job could be his if he can prove he is the right guy for it.

  82. jollyjoker2 says: May 18, 2014 7:26 PM

    Joe webb, tavaris Jackson, couple of other NFL duds from Tampa Bay and phily retirees. Yes, I have faith in our GM – Spielman to pick really good top dog qb’s.

  83. pftpoetsboyfriend says: May 18, 2014 7:42 PM

    Vikings are the greatest team ever!

  84. stellarperformance says: May 18, 2014 8:06 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    May 18, 2014 5:07 PM
    …..and andre the giants hand size was 16″ so whats your point?
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////

    My point? Really? You don’t know? My point is simple: Bridgewater has small hands, very small by NFL standards, and your associates on this site seem to believe his hands are nearly the size of Aaron Rodgers’ hands. They aren’t. They’re not even close. They’re 10% smaller. That’s my point. It was simple.

  85. The Almighty Cabbage says: May 18, 2014 8:09 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    May 18, 2014 12:13 PM

    Who would have thought Cleveland’s coaching staff would turn out to be more competent than Minnesota’s?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Everyone!

  86. dirtyhelmet says: May 18, 2014 8:16 PM

    Since all of you Pack “fans” seem to be better at thumping your chests than anything else, can’t you go do it on your own threads? Go have a group hug and talk amongst yourselves about all of your wonderful one-and-done conquests of late.

  87. couchbasher says: May 18, 2014 8:26 PM

    Don’t get nervous throwing in those tight windows Teddy and don’t think about your pro-day.

  88. stellarperformance says: May 18, 2014 8:27 PM

    dirtyhelmet says:
    May 18, 2014 8:16 PM
    Since all of you Pack “fans” seem to be better at thumping your chests than anything else, can’t you go do it on your own threads?
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Monkey see, monkey do.

  89. dirtyhelmet says: May 18, 2014 8:33 PM

    Cellarperformance, you forgot this part: Go have a group hug and talk amongst yourselves about all of your wonderful one-and-done conquests of late.

  90. annunaki77 says: May 18, 2014 8:44 PM

    Teddy Teddy Teddy! Will be one of the steals from the 2014 draft. Dude is very accurate, and you cant coach that either you have it or you dont. The key to all of this will be NORV TURNER. Norv has turned accurate passers into Pro Bowlers and Hall of Famers. He is a QB Guru, and Teddy is Perfect for him to groom. He did it with Troy Aikman, having Emmitt as the RB. The Viks have Peterson they can lean on for 1-2 more years as he learns the game. Teddy wont have to throw the ball 40 times a game, just be accurate and dont throw INTs which he is good at. I think a lot of ppl who are bashing Bridgewater for no reason will be looking quite silly in about 5 years from now. A lot of these picks in the 2014 draft wont even be in the league anymore 5 years from now. Just watch.

  91. admiralgeneralaladeen says: May 18, 2014 9:04 PM

    According to USA Today and the Sacramento Bee, Rodgers’ hands are, in fact, 9 3/8 inches. And donnymacjack, that doesn’t make what I said any less true. Ball security is more about decision making and pocket awareness than hand size.

  92. admiralgeneralaladeen says: May 18, 2014 9:09 PM

    How many head coaches does he need to fire before you scratch your head and say, maybe Rick is the problem ???
    ——————————————————-
    Rick Speilman’s only individual hire was Mike Zimmer, and his only fire was Frazier. He wasn’t the GM when Frazier and Childress were the hired. Rick isn’t really a problem either. He’s stocked this team with some pretty good talent in his 3 years as lead decision maker.

  93. vikes89allday says: May 18, 2014 9:10 PM

    Best draft prospect all the way up to the draft then he drops and goes 32 Steal enough said

  94. stellarperformance says: May 18, 2014 9:15 PM

    Milwaukee Journal.

    “Rodgers’ hands measured 10 1/8 inches from thumb tip to pinky tip, second-largest of the quarterbacks at the 2005 draft combine and not far behind Favre’s hand measurement of 10 3/8 inches.”

    Shut up.

  95. wafflestomp says: May 18, 2014 9:39 PM

    Viking fans seem to have a whole lot of hand envy lately. Just a little unsettling. Hilarious, but unsettling.

    Yeah, the Pack may have had a few one and dones, but you have to get into the tournament if you want a shot at the Lombardi Trophy.

    Come by Lambeau, after they get the new renovation done, and have a peek to see what one, or four, look like. Pretty much the only time a Viking fan is going to see one up close.

    Minnesota, full of know nothing fans, for a do nothing team.

  96. bobnelsonjr says: May 18, 2014 10:54 PM

    Q: In the whole history of the vikings, how many great quarterbacks have they drafted and developed?

    A: Zero

    Q: How many average QB’s have they drafted and developed?

    A: Two, Tommy Kramer and Duante Culpepper.

    Q: With their record and bust ratio on quarterbacks, how confident are you in Bridgewater becoming average?

  97. shiftyshellshocked says: May 18, 2014 11:43 PM

    Just hope he can complete a pass and not fumble At the worst possible times.

  98. silverandblack052099 says: May 18, 2014 11:43 PM

    He will be a below average starter for a few seasons, then he will end up on another team as a backup for a few more seasons. He will make a few million along the way. He will be fine.

  99. gdeli says: May 19, 2014 1:11 AM

    Trade ponder before camp.

  100. serkdude52 says: May 19, 2014 1:24 AM

    waffle stomp, remember those awesome Pack teams of the 70’s and 80’s?……no one does, there weren’t any……they won one playoff game in a 20 year stretch, so please don’t act like the GB organization has been a machine churning out constant seasons of success……look it up if you need reminded

  101. ClaHGH Matthews says: May 19, 2014 1:33 AM

    By the way…..Rodgers’ hand size is 10-1/8″. Bridgewaters’ hand size is 9-1/4″. You need to get this fact straight so there are no further surprises for you this fall. I’m glad I could help.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Well, since your posts are always either lies or totally uninformed, I did a quick Google search on Rodgers’ hand size. The very first hit was a USA Today article covering him before he was drafted. They had all of his combine info. His hands measured out at 9-3/8″. You making up numbers does not make it a fact. I’m glad I was able to straighten out the lies and misinformation for you.

  102. ClaHGH Matthews says: May 19, 2014 1:59 AM

    Gotta love clueless Packer trolls, they’re all saying Bridgewater is too small, but Rodger is godess like. Rodgers is 6’2″, 225lbs, 9-3/8″ hands. While “tiny” or “too small for the NFL” Teddy Bridgewater is 6’2″, 214lbs, 9-1/4″ hands (NFL.com combine numbers), won’t make it because he’s just not big enough. That alone tells you the mental acuity of the trolls.

  103. stevekilla420 says: May 19, 2014 2:06 AM

    People who think manziel is gonna be better than teddy b are crazy take mike evans out of a&m n manziel doesnt even get drafted or win a heisman, that being said…. None of u know or have the right to say anything until they play at this level however my opinion is bridgewater is more pro ready n manziel better be able to run cuz if he pulls the crap n the nfl that he pulled at a&m he will need all of that speed to chase down the defender that caught his pass.

  104. Matt dog from C-town says: May 19, 2014 5:22 AM

    Teddy Bustwater

  105. purplehaze28 says: May 19, 2014 3:06 PM

    I saw that dude complete a pass that went 80 yards in the air!

  106. stellarperformance says: May 19, 2014 3:17 PM

    Rodgers hand size is 10-1/8″. For every site you find that says otherwise, I can find four that confirms it. If he was measured by another means that results in a different measurement…say,
    9-3/8″, then this alternate method of measuring would find Bridgewater at 8.5″…..7/8″ less than Rodgers. Any way you slice it.

    But it doesn’t matter anyway. Bridgewater has nearly perfected a two-handed overhead spiral. It’s all good.

  107. stevent92 says: May 19, 2014 4:43 PM

    Rodgers’ hand size measured at 9 3/8″ at the Combine. Bridgewater was 9 1/8″. I would hardly call 1/4″ that big of a difference.

  108. randy8484moss says: May 20, 2014 8:01 AM

    Allen Iverson- “we’re talkin about HAND SIZE??? Not a game or games, but HAND SIZE??”

  109. randy8484moss says: May 20, 2014 8:06 AM

    kaepernick has smaller hands and BEAT the packers IN lambeau field, IN the playoffs, IN the COLD….with no sleeves or gloves……so I think teddy will be just fine.

  110. toddc612 says: May 20, 2014 1:54 PM

    Anything that makes the likelihood of Christian Ponder never setting foot on turf makes me happy..

  111. bigjim50010 says: May 24, 2014 6:28 AM

    I was unaware the Vikings had a first team…or will they send Bridgewater to Jacksonville for those reps?

  112. jayfish6402 says: May 25, 2014 1:31 PM

    Last year I watched 2 or 3 Louisville games. Bridgewater was amazing. Even though he had a terrible Pro Day, I knew he was going to become awesome in the NFL. In the draft, I watched him drop and just hoped that he stayed out of the NFC North (because I am a Packers fan) and then saw the Vikings trade for the 32nd pick. I held my breath as he was chosen. Now, I just hope he somehow becomes a bust.

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