Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater didn’t win too many admirers with his pro day workout before this year’s draft and questions raised about his ability to drive the ball deep down the field caused some of his previous admirers to back off their warm feelings about the former Louisville quarterback.
The Vikings weren’t dissuaded, though, and they traded back into the first round to take Bridgewater with the 32nd overall pick. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner says that the team hasn’t seen anything from Bridgewater to make them question their assessment of his arm strength or ability to make every throw that the team will need him to make.
“One of the things that has been the most impressive to me is, I knew he’d be very accurate, I knew he’d make great decisions, quick decisions, but he’s been outstanding throwing the ball deep, which some people thought that was going to be an issue,” Turner said, via FOX Sports North. “I think in the six or eight weeks we’ve had him on the field, I think he’s been put in a position where he’s had to make most of the throws he would have to make and I think he can make all the throws he needs to make.”
Even when Bridgewater was being picked apart before the draft, there weren’t many questions about his football intelligence or accuracy. If his arm truly is up for anything that Turner’s offense will bring to the table, it probably won’t be too long before he’s running Turner’s offense.