Teddy’s return is coming

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The window soon will be closing on the Vikings ability to let quarterback Teddy Bridgewater practice without devoting a roster spot to him. And just as that window closes, the Vikings will move a player from the roster and put Bridgewater back on it.

Despite an effort by coach Mike Zimmer to mildly equivocate, Bridgewater will be back. As previously mentioned, the nature of his injury (a non-contact ACL and related damage) makes clearance to practice also clearance to play. And Bridgewater is, and has been, ready to play.

If he’s not moved to the roster, Bridgewater’s contract will toll for a year, prompting an inevitable grievance from Bridgewater challenging the decision to not declare him ready to play and, in turn, ready to hit the market in March, barring a new deal.

If he’s added to the roster (he will be), the question is whether, when adding Bridgewater to the roster, the Vikings will try to slip quarterback Kyle Sloter through waivers and on to the practice squad, or whether they will shut quarterback Sam Bradford down for the rest of the season.

Don’t be surprised if it’s the latter, since Bradford has played less than one half of one game since Week One, with no indication he’ll be ready to go again this year.

So it will likely be Bridgewater, Sloter, and Case Keenum for the rest of the year, with the biggest question becoming whether and when Bridgewater will take over for Keenum, who has played surprisingly well in place of Bradford.

48 responses to “Teddy’s return is coming

  1. At this point, moving Bradford to IR seems like the best move. Sloter’s upside potential is worth keeping around for the future, especially if, God forbid, Bridgewater really isn’t past his injury.

  2. No way Sloter makes it to the vikes practice squad. They have to keep him active or they’ll lose him. Bradford should and will be put on IR and hopefully will get healthy so they can trade him before or during the draft.

  3. Sloter would certainly get claimed. He’d be the starter in Denver by now if Elway knew what he was doing.

    Obviously, the Vikings know more about Sam than we do. I doubt they shut him down if there’s a chance he could be needed and/or play this year. As much as I like Teddy, he is a complete unknown at this point. Keenum hasn’t shown much other than being a high end back up. It would stink to need Sam in 8-10 weeks, him be healthy, but on IR.

    My money is on Coley or maybe even Brock being waived. Or the old ‘IR with a jammed finger’ trick.

  4. |Bradford should and will be put on IR and hopefully will get healthy so they can trade him before or during the draft.|

    Bradford is an UFA so unless they franchise him he will not be under team control.

  5. silvernblacksabbath says:
    November 6, 2017 at 10:54 am
    I’d keep Keenum as the starter and trade Bradford and/or Bridgewater for picks…

    Trade deadline has passed and both Bradford and Bridgewater(if activated) will be free agents after this season

  6. They are winning with Keenum. Should probably just stick with him as the starter for the rest of the year

  7. I would get rid of a Teddy and keep other 3. Nice guy but he’s too damn skinny for the NFL, has a week arm and just is not that good. We’ll be sorry next year if we keep him.

  8. Oh goodness, so I guess Sloter is the next big thing now? Rofl
    Just like MBT and Heinicke were right? Lol

    Why would they ever put Bradford on IR just so they can keep an UFA nobody in a year that they are playoff contenders?

    You fans and your love of practice squad QBs. I’ll never understand

  9. Can we all take a second to look at the teams Keenum has actually beat? Not a playoff team among them, not even a team with a chance of the playoffs. He’s beaten the NFLs worst teams, and most of them just barely

  10. Just because they’ll activate Teddy, doesn’t mean he instantly becomes the starter. I think he’ll back up Keenum, and Sloter with be the 3rd QB.

    It’s been a little scary thinking Vikes were a Keenum injury away from starting an undrafted rookie QB. But we’ll get a peek into what the Vikings’ brass thinks of Sloter this week when Teddy is activated. It’s hard to keep 4 QBs on a roster.

  11. The two quality teams Keenum has played (pitt,Detroit) his numbers combined are 36-67 for 386 yards, no touchdowns, 16 combined points and an 0-2 record. But go ahead and keep ranting about Keenum beating the Browns and Bucs. Super bowl Keenum! Lol

  12. Did someone actually say Bridgewater is too “skinny”. Have you seen him lately? He looks pretty jacked. Pretty sure Joe Montana would be classified as skinny as well. Not saying he’s Joe, but that argument is pretty weak. Let’s see what he can do this year. I know Case is playing well, but this isn’t a Drew Bledsoe, Tom Brady scenario.

  13. Keenum is okay, and his pocket mobility has been key, but he still seems to have accuracy issues, misses some reads and hasn’t played well against good defenses. Then again, Teddy has more dust on him than a Wisconsin textbook. Unfortunately, there is no QB savior on this team — the Vikes will have to beat good teams with defense and mistake-free football.

  14. It must just be a Vikings fan tradition. Every year you all get excited about a different garbage undrsfted QB because they lit up some guys who aren’t even in the nfl anymore during preseason and any other qb whether they cost a first round pick, or were traded for is pure garbage.

    The Broncos didn’t even want him. Nobody wanted him in 250+ draft picks. Must mean he’s amazing

  15. azviking101 says:
    November 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm
    So everyone agrees that Kyle Sloter will be a HOFer just like McLeod Bethel-Thompson and Taylor Heinicke right?
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    Nobody is saying Sloter is a HOF QB, much less even a starting caliber QB. They’re only saying that if Vikings waive him in an attempt to re-sign him to the practice squad, he’ll be claimed by another team. Apparently, there were at least 3-4 other teams interested in signing him after he didn’t make the Denver final 53. That’s why he’s making 3x more than the rookie minimum. But now the Vikings have had a chance to “kick the tires” some, so we’ll find out this week what they really think of his potential.

  16. Minnesota will keep all 4 for the title run. No sense cutting down to three with what we know right now. We are flush at WR anyway. Better chance of sliding a WR to the practice squad.

  17. Nobody is saying Sloter is a HOF QB, much less even a starting caliber QB. They’re only saying that if Vikings waive him in an attempt to re-sign him to the practice squad, he’ll be claimed by another team. Apparently, there were at least 3-4 other teams interested in signing him after he didn’t make the Denver final 53. That’s why he’s making 3x more than the rookie minimum. But now the Vikings have had a chance to “kick the tires” some, so we’ll find out this week what they really think of his potential.
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    Plenty of people here are commenting that Sloter is far more valuable than Bradford and Teddy. People seem to forget how Bradford lit up a Saints team that is now 6-2 and that the chance of him being healthy later this year is worth far more than Kyle Sloter ever will be.

  18. azviking101 says:
    November 6, 2017 at 12:14 pm
    The two quality teams Keenum has played (pitt,Detroit) his numbers combined are 36-67 for 386 yards, no touchdowns, 16 combined points and an 0-2 record. But go ahead and keep ranting about Keenum beating the Browns and Bucs. Super bowl Keenum! Lol

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    7 posts in 1 hour. Take it easy there fella. Anyone can look at the stats and call it pedestrian. Watch the games. Keenum is a serviceable backup. Avoids sacks, can throw the deep ball (not consistently) and manage games just fine. A good backup and best option for the current situation.

  19. I doubt they would risk trying to sneak Sloter through waivers. Bradford is done for the year and they aren’t going to resign him.His career as a Viking is also over. Sloter and Teddy will back up Keenum for now.

  20. I don’t get the Raiders fans that continually post on Teddy stories. Give it a rest. You should be happy enough with Carr. Even with the disappointing season you are having so far.

  21. I say be done with Sam Bradford. I dont know if that means cut him or put him on IR, but be done with him.

    Even if the Teddy experiment is over with in a few weeks or the end of this year, I think the Bradford experiment has to be over now.

    He’s a FA and so you wont be able to trade him–and even if you could, what would you get for a QB no one can say whether or not he’ll be able to walk next year?

    Yeah…Stick with Keenum until his play says you cant. Then pay him–he is probably one of the better backups in the league. Especially for this system. And then you evaluate Teddy once you have the chance, this season or the next. Keep Solter as your project QB and see what happens from there.

  22. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    November 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm
    The Vikings still have ZERO Championships.

    ZERO.

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    Chiefs are the 1969 AFL Champions and the Vikings are the 1969 NFL champions. Not to bright are we.

  23. Case is the 7th best rated QB in the League according to ESPN.
    WHY does everybody want to put him on the bench? All he does is win games!
    Think about it, 5 years on different teams, different systems to learn.
    Lets let Case play Pittsburgh again instead of being a backup coming off the bench.
    He has shown he can overcome O-Line issues with mobility, he has Proven his toughness. He has proven he can make the reads, and is not afraid to throw into tight coverage.. His INT’s are all from tipped Balls! COME-ON!

  24. azviking what do you have against Sloter? Have you even seen him play? There has to be a good reason why the Vikings paid him as much as they did and took him from the Broncos.RS liked him. Broncos fans also seemed to like him a lot. The problem with Bradford while talented, you can’t count on Sam to be able to stay in the lineup. Did you see how bad he looked when he last took the field? He was awful.

  25. nhpats says:
    November 6, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Teddy “0.8 TD per game” Bridgewater.
    ))))))))))

    Your packers would take that now. 3 points with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

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