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Bridgewater “bummed” Rookie Premiere forced him to miss OTAs

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The annual NFLPA Rookie Premiere is a mandatory event for top draft picks, but not all of them want to go.

At least, they don’t all want to go to the Rookie Premiere when it conflicts with Organized Team Activities, as it often does. Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he wasn’t pleased with having to miss two days of OTAs while he was there last weekend.

“I’m one of those guys who wants to be with his teammates,” Bridgewater said, via the Star-Tribune. “I know there will be events like that that come up that I’ll have to attend, but I was pretty bummed that I have to miss practice for two days. But it was great to be back [when he returned on Wednesday].”

Bridgewater isn’t the first player to say he’d rather work out than go to the Rookie Premiere. Two years ago, Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery said he wanted to skip the Rookie Premiere, prompting the NFL to confirm that the rules say players can’t be at the team facility when they’re supposed to be at the Rookie Premiere.

Which raises an obvious question: Why don’t the league and the NFLPA come up with a schedule that doesn’t have the Rookie Premiere at the same time as OTAs?

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  1. f1restarter says: Jun 5, 2014 2:17 PM

    And the excuses for why he’ll inevitably be a BUST begin…

  2. barneyrumble says: Jun 5, 2014 2:18 PM

    “Why don’t the league and the NFLPA come up with a schedule that doesn’t have the Rookie Premiere at the same time as OTAs?”

    Ahh Good ol’ Common Sense, how I miss her, I remember a time when…..

  3. thepftpoet says: Jun 5, 2014 2:19 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater has already shown he has the best work ethic by far out of any one of the Rookie QB’s.

    The day after the draft, he was the only one out of 32 draft picks in the first round to immediately head the facilities and start studying his playbook and review the concepts.

    He was undoubtedly the #1 QB prospect until his pro day (Which is worthless, Jamarcus Russell had a great pro day) and even Hall of Famer QB Kurt Warner said he was the best quarterback on tape.

    He has all the tools to succeed in our offense, with a top 6 offensive line – ranked by PFF.

    A hall of fame Running Back.

    And Pro-Bowl Talent at Reciever and Tight End.

    There’s no reason Bridgewater won’t succeed.

    His film junkie-ness very much reminds me of a more developed Rusell Wilson at this point.

    Expect an immediate impact for our future franchise QB and for us to dominate the NFC North the next decade.

    Skol.

  4. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 5, 2014 2:21 PM

    Isn’t it a pretty complicated situation since teams do their OTA’s at slightly different points in the offseason?

  5. patriotsarespygaters says: Jun 5, 2014 2:23 PM

    meanwhile manziel stopped by in vegas 0 to a 100 real quick real quick

  6. n0hopeleft says: Jun 5, 2014 2:25 PM

    He’s 100% right. Broken process.

  7. CKL says: Jun 5, 2014 2:26 PM

    Agreed…this event should never be at the same time as OTAs. Especially with all the practice time reductions now.

  8. idoubtiwillbother says: Jun 5, 2014 2:26 PM

    Marketing wins with the NFL, even if the thing they are marketing is only noticed when players say they don’t ant to go.

  9. drewzducks says: Jun 5, 2014 2:26 PM

    I didn’t realize that Gary Bettman did the scheduling for the NFL.

  10. idoubtiwillbother says: Jun 5, 2014 2:27 PM

    Sorry, marketing and a heavy-handed approach to its independent contractor employees.

  11. qdog112 says: Jun 5, 2014 2:27 PM

    “Two years ago, Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery said he wanted to skip the Rookie Premiere…” Teddy is in good company. Things are looking up for Jeffrey.

    Bridgewater has the attitude I’d want in a rookie QB. Remember, this kid did not even go home after the draft. He had his things sent up to Minneapolis and he went straight to rookie camp.

    He is driven to succeed and I hope he does.

  12. cardmagnet says: Jun 5, 2014 2:29 PM

    The draft should be a bit earlier, the Rookie Premiere held soon after, and then allow teams to schedule OTAs once the Premiere is done. It’s not rocket science, but then again, I’m not surprised the overpaid overthinkers running things haven’t thought of that.

  13. pillowporkers says: Jun 5, 2014 2:30 PM

    It’s ok Teddy, us Viking fans forgive you. We all know you’ll be under center week 1 regardless. A true open competition between cassel, ponder, and bridgewater will only show one thing: TB is already the best QB on this roster and it’s not particularly close.

  14. tokyofilthblaster says: Jun 5, 2014 2:31 PM

    It’s too bad that projected 2nd round picks are required to attend the Rookie Premiere.

  15. doe22us says: Jun 5, 2014 2:32 PM

    “Which raises an obvious question: Why don’t the league and the NFLPA come up with a schedule that doesn’t have the Rookie Premiere at the same time as OTAs”
    Say that again.. its amazing people are paid to plan these things.

  16. ghjjf says: Jun 5, 2014 2:32 PM

    Vikings bummed that they drafted a bust!

  17. stellarperformance says: Jun 5, 2014 2:32 PM

    He needs time to practice his two-handed overhead spiral, due to his tiny hands.

  18. bunjy96 says: Jun 5, 2014 2:33 PM

    Because that would make too much sense

  19. granadafan says: Jun 5, 2014 2:36 PM

    Completely absurd. Good on you, PFT, for exposing the NFL and its many fallacies.

  20. jetsfaninindy says: Jun 5, 2014 2:38 PM

    Rookies are already behind the gun. They need as much time with the team as possible. The rookie symposium is important.
    But seriously, the NFL can use a calendar like the
    merest of the working world.

  21. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 5, 2014 2:39 PM

    It’s not a contract year for Goodell so he has time to address this issue later on, otherwise people would forget about it later if he got all his work done too early.

  22. ariani1985 says: Jun 5, 2014 2:39 PM

    Don’t worry Kid, you ‘ll get to shred that lousy, laughable Turd Bay defense in no time…..Look what it did for Colin K. check book!!!!

  23. farmmbig says: Jun 5, 2014 2:40 PM

    Perhaps it would be easier for the teams to schedule their OTA’s around the rookie premiere?

  24. casurferho says: Jun 5, 2014 3:03 PM

    6 months ago, I posted the Vikings would be wise to Trade 2 First round Picks to acquire Teddy B…. The thought being there would be no chance he would be available @ pick #2. I did not miss a Louisville game last year & the tape tells it all!! He is a highly intelligent , NFL ready Pocket passer that stays in the pocket, goes through his progressions, reads Defenses, makes adjustments, and makes all the throws, and limits mistakes……. Only the “draft experts”, which is ridiculous in itself, created the perfect storm and allowed my Vikings to Draft the best QB to come into the league in the past 5 years! Super excited

  25. psly2124 says: Jun 5, 2014 3:13 PM

    Because the unions are idiots

  26. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 5, 2014 3:18 PM

    Please don’t associate Bust-water or the Vikings with Alshon Jeffery ever again, I want to throw up!

  27. Matt dog from C-town says: Jun 5, 2014 3:19 PM

    Bustwater didn’t want to be at his proday either.

  28. whatjusthapped says: Jun 5, 2014 3:20 PM

    If he’s disappointed, get use to it, there is a lot of that in Minnesota. If he even sees the field during the regular season, wait till Craig Jennings drops of his passes or Patterson runs the wrong route again, he can feel disappointed yet again.

    Speaking of disappointment, that’s likely the first word that will come to mind among the fans when they see the ball squirt out of Teddy “Small Hands” Bridgewater’s hands or that 10 yard down and out returned for a Pick 6. And to think they traded up into the first round for another QB bust, a cycle that repeats itself every 3 years in Minnesota.

  29. In Teddy We Trust says: Jun 5, 2014 3:25 PM

    I think Bridgewater is going to be a star but I don’t have any desire to see him start in Week 1. He obviously has more talent than Cassel or Ponder, but the experience Cassel brings is going to give him the edge early on. Let’s see how the season plays out with the veteran starting and put Bridgewater in only if (a) we’re not winning, (b) Cassel gets hurt, or (c) Bridgewater is head and shoulders above Cassel in practice. No need to rush into anything when there Teddy has the opportunity to sit and learn for a while.

  30. sandersmarcus10 says: Jun 5, 2014 3:32 PM

    lol more developed than Russell Wilson at this point please!

  31. deltaoracle says: Jun 5, 2014 3:37 PM

    Whether he turns out to be good at the pro level or not, it’s hard to believe that his slender physique is going to hold up for an entire 16 game season in any year.
    At least he won’t have to worry about playing more than 16.

  32. jmac34 says: Jun 5, 2014 3:49 PM

    If only the draft was in April…..

  33. sonofad says: Jun 5, 2014 3:54 PM

    I don’t think Teddy should be wringing his tiny hands over missing a few OTA’s. It might further stunt their growth.

  34. bornahawker says: Jun 5, 2014 4:05 PM

    Bummed because he needs all the help he can get.

  35. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 5, 2014 4:06 PM

    Don’t worry he’ll be back to his Pro day form in no time.

    He’ll be as reliable as any QB the vikings have drafted from Brian Dowling to Christian Ponder.

  36. rikker12 says: Jun 5, 2014 4:29 PM

    And the Vikings win the NFCN Division Again!! (Offseason)

  37. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jun 5, 2014 4:42 PM

    With this powerhouse team behind him Teddy might be the first rookie QB to with the Superbowl homeboy. SKOL!!!

  38. beerndrums says: Jun 5, 2014 5:13 PM

    Teddy and the Vikings suck
    Skoal baby

  39. ariani1985 says: Jun 5, 2014 5:15 PM

    easy division to Win!!

    S still
    K kant
    O out eat
    L lambeau fans!!!

  40. seals1 says: Jun 5, 2014 5:17 PM

    Does anyone believe 2 days of practice will change anything about his success or lack of success? Him giving a bleep and wanting to be good is worth more than 2 days.

    Poet- are you for real? I guess the Vikings needed a gerbschmidt. I would love to hear you on the radio with gerby talking ball. I think that would gold.

  41. wheezerswin says: Jun 5, 2014 5:19 PM

    Bridgewater makes a good point. He needs all the practice he can get, knowing twice a year he’s going to be chased down and pummeled by peppers and Matthews

  42. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 5, 2014 5:23 PM

    One wants to practice, one wants to party. U pick.
    Teddy! Teddy! Teddy!
    and the packer defense collapses against bridgewater!

  43. herman23934 says: Jun 5, 2014 5:25 PM

    I love the difference between my English English and American English. Saw Bridgewater bummed rookie and thought WOW. This story will run.

  44. tremoluxman says: Jun 5, 2014 5:32 PM

    Stop, you guys are killin’ me with all your too funny comments. Man, you are too much. Teddy Bustwater, Too Small hands, etc., these are comedy gems. They show a true insight because all comedy is based on reality. And we all know you slaggers are football experts with years of experience in the NFL and scouting for various teams. I’m sure most of you played college ball, too, and advise teams during the draft with your keen analysis. So, hats off to you and thanks again.

    Teddy Bustwater; someone ought to copyright that one. Genius.

  45. ponderthis12 says: Jun 5, 2014 6:01 PM

    Great attitude rookie! My hope is that he is so good at training camp that the vikings can’t resist starting him. And for the guy who said that Mathews and peppers with destroy him. Mathews can’t stay healthy and is completely overrated what is is best season maybe 15 sacks. The elite average that a season. And peppers is old and slow trying to learn a new position so good luck with that.

  46. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 5, 2014 6:31 PM

    There aren’t enough OTAs in the world to help him overcome the incompetence in Minnesota and succeed in the NFL. Eventually, he’ll have to go to another team if he wants success, just like Percy, Jared, and Kevin.

  47. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 5, 2014 6:34 PM

    And Tarvaris!

  48. doggeatdogg says: Jun 5, 2014 6:34 PM

    Have the OTA and this event conflicted like this before? Or does the late draft so close to OTA have anything to do with it? Just another thought but they should work this out.

  49. ubepunkedagain says: Jun 5, 2014 6:39 PM

    Bilgewater is craving attention. In two years when he is the next Ponder he will miss being a part of anything. What a wreck in Minnesota. 3-13.

  50. whatevnfl says: Jun 5, 2014 6:52 PM

    Because the people who run things don’t care about you know, football.

  51. filthymcnastyi says: Jun 5, 2014 7:11 PM

    Packers are done, they’re finished! Ya hear? Window has slammed shut!

  52. dirtyhelmet says: Jun 5, 2014 7:20 PM

    Hey deltaoracle, great insight on TB’s “slight” build. Isn’t Rodgers the one doing yoga or pilates or something and dropping a bunch of pounds? Maybe you should share your wisdom with him, since he was already a bit fragile at his former weight.

  53. dirtyhelmet says: Jun 5, 2014 7:24 PM

    Yeah, chased down and pummeled by Peppers and Mathews?! Aren’t you the ones on a Vikings story (again) telling us Vikings fans are delusional? Good one.

  54. boomboombrown says: Jun 5, 2014 7:32 PM

    As we speak, Aaron Rodgers is being carted off the golf course by his boyfriend. He pulled a WHAT?

  55. dirtyhelmet says: Jun 5, 2014 7:57 PM

    boomboombrown, don’t you mean carted off by his “personal assistant”?

  56. tokyofilthblaster says: Jun 5, 2014 8:04 PM

    Spieldope could not draft a QB to save his mother’s life.

  57. deeppurple23 says: Jun 5, 2014 8:36 PM

    This is easy, hold two back to back and require attendance at one. Done. Next “major” problem.

  58. casurferho says: Jun 5, 2014 8:37 PM

    When Aaron Rodgers is doing yoga , in the “downward dog” position…. I’m curious? Is his “personal assistant” holding his water bottle?? Or changing the Barbera Streisand CD???
    Teddy Bustwater? Small hands? Slender knees? This guy is gonna be the best QB to come out of the Draft in the last 5-6 years! Bet on it!!!

  59. deeppurple23 says: Jun 5, 2014 8:38 PM

    This is easy, hold two in back to back weeks and require attendance to one. Done. On to the next “major” issue.

  60. gdeli says: Jun 5, 2014 9:03 PM

    Goodell should give back 31 million of his salary/bonus for this screw up!

  61. thetooloftools says: Jun 5, 2014 9:22 PM

    I hope this guy does well. He is a perfect example of why that stupid “pro day” is just going to go away. If pro teams can’t do a few interviews and break down the tape then that “dog and pony show” is just stupid. Hell some NFL teams hire private detectives to follow players around just to see what kind of crowd they are hanging with.
    Go Teddy Go !

  62. campcouch says: Jun 5, 2014 11:47 PM

    ah,a whole 2 days will ruin his career. he’s already sounding like a union guy. gladhand the commish on draft day,expound on how it’s a dream come true.sign a contract and suddenly proclaim an event set up so players can market themselves as a burden. hopefully he doesn’t sign any endorsement deals. two days of ponder and cassell overthrowns and inteceptions…dude,you didn’t lose any ground.

  63. rosstuckershair says: Jun 5, 2014 11:48 PM

    If he’s disappointed, get use to it, there is a lot of that in Minnesota. If he even sees the field during the regular season, wait till Craig Jennings drops of his passes or Patterson runs the wrong route again, he can feel disappointed yet again.

    Speaking of disappointment, that’s likely the first word that will come to mind among the fans when they see the ball squirt out of Teddy “Small Hands” Bridgewater’s hands or that 10 yard down and out returned for a Pick 6. And to think they traded up into the first round for another QB bust, a cycle that repeats itself every 3 years in Minnesota…………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Cycle that repeats every 3 years? Kind of like the busts the Packers have to give up for comp pics?

    Maybe HaHa can avoid a 4 game suspension for his idiocy of showing his dope in a Facebook pic…

  64. rosstuckershair says: Jun 5, 2014 11:49 PM

    Spieldope could not draft a QB to save his mother’s life………………………………………………………………….

    Please look at the Packers last 5 first round draft picks…hahahaha

  65. mrfrostyj says: Jun 6, 2014 12:30 AM

    Instead of telling the media shouldn’t he be telling his coaches considering that’s who plans when OTA’s start? Plenty of teams had their OTA’s over before the rookie premiere started or had a break in the schedule during those dates.

    Either way someone really needs to tell this kid that he’s getting a pretty poor public image with his media comments. First it was how he doesn’t like Cleveland after they didn’t draft him (aka Cleveland the city he’s going to have to go to next month for the Rookie Symposium) now it’s “I don’t want to meet the fans because it interrupted my practice.”

    It’s almost like this kid got his NFL rookie etiquette advice from Ryan Leaf (you know that other guy who swore he didn’t want to go to the place that didn’t draft him and was bothered by media appearances)

  66. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 6, 2014 10:26 AM

    You’d think that this overrated, over-hyped bust-in-the-making would want to be at OTAs.

    Still, I’m sure he’s thinking “If I go to OTAs, I bet they’ll see they reached for me, and my slow descent into oblivion will begin.”

    Then again, that’s probably overestimating his vocabulary.

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