Who is the Vikings’ backup quarterback this week?

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It wasn’t that long ago that Vikings reporters were asking Mike Zimmer if he knew who his starting quarterback was. Now that Case Keenum has established it’s his team, the Vikings have to decide who their backup quarterback is.

Teddy Bridgewater has served as Keenum’s backup since Week 10 when the Vikings activated him from the physically unable to perform list and placed Sam Bradford on injured reserve. But Bradford has returned to practice and could return to the 53-player roster.

Zimmer was secretive Monday when asked if he knows which quarterback will backup Keenum on Sunday.

“I think I know, yes. You’ll have to wait until Sunday,” Zimmer said, via quotes distributed by the team.

Bradford, who passed for 346 yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening victory over New Orleans, had two days of practice last week. The quarterback called his work “very encouraging.”

“He got about one third of the reps, so we’ll just take our time and see how it goes,” Zimmer said.

The next quarterback question for Zimmer will come after the season when he’s asked about his quarterback for 2018. Keenum, Bridgewater and Bradford all are scheduled to become free agents in March.

27 responses to “Who is the Vikings’ backup quarterback this week?

  1. If Bradford is healthy, I think he will be the backup. If he’s not activated from IR then no doubt it is Teddy.

  2. Vikings would not be 13-3 if they played in the toughest division — the NFC South. Imagine if they had to play Carolina, Atlanta and the Saints twice this year. NFC Championship game will be hosted in New Orleans.

  3. Zimmer will roll with QB Teddy Bridgewater, Zim absolutely loves Teddy like a brother or son or something. As a Cardinals fan I most definitely will be paying a ton of attention to QB Case Keenum and the Vikings offense as I think the Arizona Cardinals will sign Pat Shurmur as their new head coach and either QB Case Keenum as their new starter while drafting a QB in round 1 to develop behind him or they will trade a 2nd round pick for KC QB Alex Smith, either way they will have a very good veteran QB in place with a young rookie behind him. I personally hope they bring in Alex Smith and draft OG Quenton Nelson in round 1 who is going to be not only an elite OG but the best in the league, that kid is a freaking monster. Arizona can then ask All-Pro G Mike Iupati to take a paycut, now healthy he will be very very good next year, which would fix their O-Line issues.

  4. It’s a mistake for Zimmer to not publicly state aloud that Keenum is their man, followed by a contract that keeps him for next year. It’s unbelievable, but the Vikngs still think Bridgewater is the future! Zimmer is confirming to the front office plan to see if Keenum can win a SuperBowl for them before they commit to him. It will backfire. Then nobody is under contract and the only proven performer will want out for money elsewhere after being treated like second-class. They’re looking a gift horse in the mouth and they’re messing it up.

  5. The QB decision is, barring injury to other players, the only thing that can mess up the strides MN made this year. Seems like a capable front office and coaching staff in place, so the decision will likely be the best one.

    They all come with risks –

    1. Bradford has well-known injury concerns, but may have the highest upside.
    2. Keenum played really well this year and fits the offense to a “T”, but has only shown flashes previously. Real deal or not?
    2. Bridgewater is highly respected by the team and has shown growth, but… MN fans may disagree with this, but an outsider’s perspective is that he may have the lowest ceiling.

  6. The answer is out there already. Zim was asked about Bradford practicing, and he downplayed his participation, saying Sam made it through about a third of the two practices. Teddy is the backup, Bradford isn’t ready, they’re helping Bradford recover so he can find a good landing spot for 2019.

  7. Why, because the Vikes will be blowing out the Saints so much they’ll sit Keenum to keep him healthy?

    whodat5150 says:
    I’m willing to bet they’ll be going to Bradford before that game is over.

  8. whodat5150 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 10:03 pm
    I’m willing to bet they’ll be going to Bradford before that game is over.
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    The Vikings have it covered. The bigger question is who is backing up Brees against the Vikings D

  9. silentcount says:

    January 9, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Vikings would not be 13-3 if they played in the toughest division — the NFC South. Imagine if they had to play Carolina, Atlanta and the Saints twice this year. NFC Championship game will be hosted in New Orleans.

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    The Vikings beat all the Teams in the NFC South, pretty handily at that, except the Panthers, in which they lost by a touchdown on the road! The NFC North is normally a very competitive division producing two playoff teams a year. The Vikings have won two division titles and went 8-8 last year on a injury riddled year. Post like this a silly because aren’t in that division, so we won’t ever know. You really don’t think the Vikings would be able to beat the BUCS twice? Which team would be out of the NFC South in this scenario. Lets say the Vikings Sweep the BUCs, and split with all the NFC south teams, the Vikings would still have at least 10 – 11 wins. Silly post! What impressive teams did the Saints beat this year? Carolina? Ok! You split with Atlanta? ok. Did you beat the Rams? Or any other playoff contenders? No. Ok. The Vikings did not lose to any teams below .500 this season. Fact.

  10. There is only one quarterback on the roster who has ever started a playoff game and that is Teddy Bridgewater. The last time somebody said Sam Bradford was ready to play was at Chicago, and he clearly wasn’t ready to play. Sam will stay on IR this week, Teddy will be the backup, and Case will play the whole game. The only way Sam gets activated is if one of the other quarterbacks gets hurt this week. They can’t afford to give up the roster spot.

  11. cobrala2 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 9:43 pm
    They call him Mr. Glass.

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    They call you Mr. plagiarism. You need some new material.

  12. flviking says, “They call you Mr. plagiarism. You need some new material.

    Be careful – I may be chock full of new material Sunday night. 😉

  13. hawkkiller says:
    January 9, 2018 at 5:28 am

    As a Cardinals fan I most definitely will be paying a ton of attention to QB Case Keenum and the Vikings offense as I think the Arizona Cardinals will sign Pat Shurmur as their new head coach and either QB Case Keenum as their new starter while drafting a QB in round 1 to develop behind him or they will trade a 2nd round pick for KC QB Alex Smith.
    ))))))))))
    Nice fantasy, First off Shurmur can’t just take Case with him.why would Case choose AZ over the only team he has had success? I don’t think he would do that. Secondly, if Alex Smith is choosing another team why would he pick the Cards over Jacksonville? I don’t think he would. I don’t think he would chose them over the Bills either. The Cards are in rebuilding mode.

  14. Having a possible three starting quarterbacks is an enviable situation for any playoff team. Of course, they aren’t all fully ready to play: Teddy is covered in rust, and Bradford not fully practicing, so it has got to be Keenum Sunday, and rightfully so. He’s earned it, and should the Vikings go all the way, he has to be resigned long term.

    I think (as a Vikings fan) this will be a great game, the overall NFL #2 offense (Saints) against the #1 Defense with the Vikes. Should be the best game this weekend, and I think it will be fairly close, with the Vikings winning by one score.

  15. silentcount says:

    January 9, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Vikings would not be 13-3 if they played in the toughest division — the NFC South. Imagine if they had to play Carolina, Atlanta and the Saints twice this year. NFC Championship game will be hosted in New Orleans.

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    Our division DID play the NFC South this year, lol. We went 3-1, and lost the one by a touchdown.

  16. Ponytail Girl says:

    January 9, 2018 at 10:26 am

    whodat5150 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 10:03 pm
    I’m willing to bet they’ll be going to Bradford before that game is over.

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    Case Keenum is actually probably better for this game. The Saints main thing they do well on Defense is blitz like crazy, and Keenum is more mobile. Sam is bad when he doesn’t have time, Case excels under preasure.

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