Mike Zimmer “prepared” to activate Teddy Bridgewater

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The Vikings are off this week, but that should be the last one for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater‘s absence from the team’s active roster.

Bridgewater’s return from the physically unable to prepare list opened a three-week window to practice with the team before a decision must be made about activating Bridgewater or shutting him down for the season. That window closes next week and Bridgewater’s work in practice has not suggested he needs to be shut down.

Coach Mike Zimmer said on Tuesday that the team is “prepared” to activate Bridgewater next week, but didn’t press too far when asked about when Bridgewater would be a consideration as the starter.

“No, I haven’t decided that yet,” Zimmer said. “We’ll continue to take it one day at a time. Just see where he is at, where the team is at, how Case [Keenum] is doing. The whole deal. Sam [Bradford], how is he doing.”

Keenum was 27-of-43 for 288 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in last Sunday’s victory over the Browns. As for Bradford, Zimmer said he is “getting better” but acknowledged that he thought Bradford had a one-week injury in Week Two so that doesn’t appear to be a sign that Bradford will actually be playing again soon.

47 responses to “Mike Zimmer “prepared” to activate Teddy Bridgewater

  1. This is crazy, because if they fully activate him they kind of have to play him at some point to see what he’s got. Because if they dont play him and are not willing to sign him he will just go to the open market and someone will sign him–even if as a backup.

    I feel like if they try to put him back on the PUP (which I dont fully understand if they even can at this point) to force his contract to toll into next year, I am certain Teddy (and the NFLPA) will fight that tooth and nail resulting bad blood between the team and Teddy at best and in a messy and painful divorce at worst.

  2. This is what I expected – give Teddy the maximum amount of time to get up to speed before activating him.

    I agree with Norseman that if we activate Teddy, it probably means the IR for Sam. If Sam is healthy enough to play, that would make for a tough decision.

    I still say we keep starting Keenum as long as he keeps winning.

  3. I’m having flashbacks to last year’s preseason game vs San Diego with a healthy Teddy and Diggs seemingly doing whatever they wanted. Yeah, yeah… preseason. Still looked like he was poised for a major leap. Throw in an officially broken-out Adam Thielen and Teddy has the best weapons of his career by far.

    Purpose = not denied.

  4. Activate Bridgewater, Bradford to IR. Keenum remains starter until/unless he struggles. Sloter active as well lest he’s poached off the practice squad. Trade a hopefully healthy Bradford in the off season.

  5. His last two games including beating Green Bay in Green Bay for the division title and late drive to win the play off contest vs. Seattle that would have been a win if not for a shanked 27 yard FG. Teddy is a winner and doesn’t whine to anyone or everyone when he gets injured.

  6. We need to temper our excitement and commitment to Keenan as our QB. He is a GOOD QB …and a very good back up. That said…he isn’t someone that will get us to the promise land. If you watch his game closely…he throws to too many covered receivers….he was lucky not to have 2 pick 6’s sunday…(only for the Browns lack of FB skills) …misses MANY open recievers. Yes…he is winning. Fact is….Teddy was good enough in his second year to be invited to the pro bowl….and was showing signs of a QB that could win us big games like the Seattle game….(he has intangibles that are bigge that stats some times). We need to get him beck on the field to see what he will do..if it’s a disaster…then figure out our path, but Keenan will lose a couple of the next 6 games regardless. Hate to say it.

  7. This offense is light years ahead of where it was when Teddy last played. The offensive line is a lot better. The receivers are better. The running backs are able to do things that 21st century running backs can do. It’s a perfect offense to take advantage of Teddy’s skill set, as opposed to the one he was running that was built around a running back that had to get the ball 20 times before he might get a hole big enough for him to get through. The defense is also better. Even in his second year, everybody knew that Teddy was a better quarterback than Case Keenum. Now, we don’t know how rusty he might be after sitting out for so long, but I’d rather knock the rust off early than have to knock the rust off going into the playoffs. I say keep Case in until he struggles or until they’re losing because of a lack of offense, then don’t hesitate to get Teddy in there. They have to see what they have in him before next season.

  8. keenum is plenty good, especially combined with that defense. after seeing miller almost lose his leg sunday against the saints, if i were bridgewater, i’d be scared crapless. i know i know, nfl’ers have a different way of thinking, but the first guy that comes in low or late at that knee. yikes!!

  9. @allight59, yea his last two games you speak show 10/19, 99 yards 0tds an 1 int. The defense an peterson won the game, bridgewater was god awful. 2nd game against seattle he led the offense to exactly 0 tds for the 2nd straight game at home against them an no matter how you put it didnt play well or get the job done. He wasnt good in either game

  10. allight59 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 6:34 pm
    His last two games including beating Green Bay in Green Bay for the division title and late drive to win the play off contest vs. Seattle that would have been a win if not for a shanked 27 yard FG. Teddy is a winner and doesn’t whine to anyone or everyone when he gets injured.
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    Who would he yell at, himself?

  11. IF Bradford is truly on the mend like they say, and IF Teddy is even 90% (hard to believe he doesn’t have nerve damage), then the Vikes have a conundrum. They picked up Kyle Sloter off the Broncos practice squad and paid him 4 times price to get him. Obviously they wouldn’t keep 4 QB’s and because of the bidding war for Sloter, he would get taken if put on the practice squad. That also leaves Bradford and Teddy who are both due for new contracts and decisions. Plus, how do you put a guy on the bench who is 4-2 as a starter. This decision will make or break the season. I’d love for Teddy to seize the starting position and never look back, but the reality is both Bradford and Bridgewater are one minor hit to a knee from being done. Vikes don’t have any gimee games to “test” Teddy, but I’m hoping they get a couple score lead on one of these up coming games and put him in to see how he looks. Most likely it would be handing the ball off, but you could see how he moves and looks in live game situations.

    Lets just hope they make the right decision.

  12. Ok… So the takes here on whether Teddy should start or not is baffling to me. HOW is this even debatable?? I see a lot of “Let Case play until… He sucks… Blah blah blah…”, Case hasn’t won this team a single game, he just hasn’t lost one, outside of the Steelers game which is somewhat excusable as he wasn’t expected to play and the team overall struggled.

    First off, IF Teddy has been medically cleared to play, and he clearly has, then the medical staff believes his knee is healthy enough to play. What does that mean exactly? Idk, but it means to me that it’s either; 1) As healthy and strong as it was prior to injury 2) Is as healthy and strong as it will ever be or 2b) Is as healthy and strong as it will ever be AND THAT’S apparently strong enough for them to put their stamp of approval on it. So his health at this point is irrelevant… HE’S BEEN MEDICALLY CLEARED TO PLAY! PERIOD!!

    Next, in every measurable category Teddy Bridgewater is better then Case Keenum, IF he wasn’t, Case would NOT have been signed as a BACKUP! He’d be someone’s STARTING QB! Every, single thing Case is “good” at, Teddy at 90% is better then him. So skill sets says… Start Teddy!

    Last, let’s throw a hypothetical out here. Let’s say there’s no Bradford on this team and Teddy got a shoulder injury in preseason and was out until now and Case Keenum has been starting to this point. Teddy comes off of IR as he is now… Is there even ONE SINGLE debate whether he returns as the starter the very next week he’s medically cleared to play??? Of course not! So what’s the difference here?!??!? The injury he sustained?? Really?? Then why wasn’t a big deal to play AP the following year after he blew out his knee. Yes, yes… I know AP’s injury wasn’t nearly as severe as Teddy’s… BUT he was “medically cleared to play” at some point, JUST LIKE TEDDY, and the team played him!! This should be NO DIFFERENT!!

    The bottom line is this team was Teddy’s team prior to injury. After his injury the team made a move and brought in Bradford, and it became his team from that point on. At NO POINT was this team going to be CASE freaking KEENUM’s team!! I understand that Teddy could/will be rusty, but, better to get that rust off in week 10, 11 and 12 then have him start his first game when this team’s back is against the wall. If you believe Case Keenum is going to take this team to the promise land you’re crazy! He isn’t going to “Dilfer” this team to a Super Bowl win. This defense is very, very good, but it is NOT a historic defense. Teddy has never had a team with an offense designed to use his talent set, had the weapons available to him like this, had as good of an offensive line and had a defense this good defending leads. Hand the kid the keys and see where he takes us!!

    The ONLY possible quarterback debate there should be is if BOTH Bradford and Teddy are healthy… NOT Case freaking Keenum!!

  13. allight59 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 6:34 pm
    His last two games including beating Green Bay in Green Bay for the division title
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    Teddy Bridgewater passed for 99 yards, 0 tds and threw 1 pick that day.
    Do you realize what a slap in the face it is to your special teams/defense when you perpetuate this myth about Bridgewater.

    They beat Green Bay that day in spite of Bridgewater’s quarterbacking skills, not because of it.
    But by all means, I surely hope that Barney management is equally on board with you assessment.

  14. 81TinaKane says:

    @allight59, yea his last two games you speak show 10/19, 99 yards 0tds an 1 int. The defense an peterson won the game, bridgewater was god awful. 2nd game against seattle he led the offense to exactly 0 tds for the 2nd straight game at home against them an no matter how you put it didnt play well or get the job done. He wasnt good in either game
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    Tina

    A great example of creative writing…

    Peterson only had 67 yards rushing. On the drive that Peterson scored his TD, Teddy passed for more yards than Peterson ran for:

    Teddy – 2 for 2 for 37 yards.

    Peterson – 4 carries for 21 yards.

    Rodgers posted some “marvelous” stats – 28 for 44 and 291 yards – but only led his team to one TD.

    Final score – 20 – 13.

    A big stat sheet doesn’t mean anything if you can’t score.

  15. Zimmer, is the only one with all the answers!! All of us are on the outside looking in! Oh sure it’s nice to speculate! I thought it was down right cool that the Vikes didn’t make any trades before the deadline that locker room is united and believe in Each other & Zimmer. Case has them right there at 6&2 Why because he plays smart! Teddy will play but why rush things!!

  16. Quit Dogging on Case Keenum People!!! He is 10 Times Better than Bustwater. I wish Teddy the best and he is a good teammate but it is time to say GOODBYE!!! KEENUM > Bustwater!!!

  17. Play Keenum until Bradford gets healhty. Vikings need to be active with trades…. Needs include a Running Back. We Should have went after Garrapolo!!!

  18. Shouldn’t these packer fans be more concerned with Dom’s “nitro defense” and the adjustments Dom made during the bye week?

  19. 81TinaKane says:

    October 31, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    @allight59, yea his last two games you speak show 10/19, 99 yards 0tds an 1 int. The defense an peterson won the game, bridgewater was god awful. 2nd game against seattle he led the offense to exactly 0 tds for the 2nd straight game at home against them an no matter how you put it didnt play well or get the job done. He wasnt good in either game

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    Adam Thielen ran for as many yards as Peterson did that game.

  20. Hey Jesse…

    We didn’t bring up the past – Your Packer buddy coachkilla6 did:

    coachkilla6 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 6:14 pm
    Bridgewater’s last two games, combined:

    27-43, 245 yards, 5.7 YPA, 0 TD, 1 INT, 6 Sacks

    Pleeeeaaaase get this guy back on the field
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    Once again, Packer fans living in the past and then get upset when they get corrected about what really happened in the past…

  21. Bridgewater needs to wait until next year. If he comes in, the Vikings dynamic will change for the worse. Mark my words, if he steps in our chances of finally winning a SB go bye bye…

  22. Hopefully they did a documentary on this kid over the past 15mos just to show the average fan what it takes to compete at this level. The mental strength alone to not give up and keep working is something to marvel at. I know, by in large, these athletes are overpaid when compared to Soldiers, Police Officers… But, man. They do earn a good chunk of that with the abuse they put on their body and their families. Good work Teddy, hope you get back to where you were pre-injury!

  23. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:05 pm
    “His last two games including beating Green Bay in Green Bay for the division title”

    Viking fans sure like to live in the past.

    ***

    I know this was hard for you, but the Vikes fan comment was in response to a Packer fan comment.

  24. CONTRACT TOLLED. A player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform is compensated at the applicable rate specified in his NFL Player Contract. His contract will not be tolled for the period that he is on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform, except in the last year of his contract, when the contract will be tolled if he is still physically unable to perform his services as of the sixth regular-season game.

    Might not have to worry about a contract situation if this clause in the CBA plays out.

  25. I also do not believe Bridgewater should (will?) play this year. Unless, the unthinkable happens. It is Case’s team now, and while that may not be fair, it is to Minnesota’s advantage. Keenum starts, Sloter’s the back up, Bridgewater inactive but on the active 53.

  26. allight59 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 6:34 pm
    His last two games including beating Green Bay in Green Bay for the division title
    ———————————

    I love Teddy, and there are many, many reasons to be excited about him, and he did lots of great things in 2015.

    But that game was not one of them. He had a clunker and got bailed out by his defense. It happens. Lots of other good games to point to that season, and a very successful season overall. No need to tell stories about it.

  27. This should be, and hoping it is, Keenum’s job to lose. His pocket presence alone makes him better than Bradford. I like Teddy but right now I think Case is the best option… he’s playing well and I doubt Teddy could come in after 14 months and be as reliable. Zimmer will stick with Keenum, I don’t see him yanking him after winning 4 straight… that is way to risky.

  28. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:05 pm
    Viking fans sure like to live in the past.
    )))))))))))))))
    Coming from a packer fan that is very hollow. But since you mentioned it indulge me a minute. Man that hit on Rodgers was perfect form tackling.

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