Eric Kendricks: Teddy Bridgewater was “throwing dimes on us in practice”

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The Vikings have a big decision to make at quarterback. And it remains highly possible that their quarterback of the present could be their quarterback of the future from the not-too-distant past.

Of the three veteran quarterbacks who are set to become free agents, former first-rounder Teddy Bridgewater brings the most intriguing set of circumstances, given a high degree of promise and potential that was derailed by a freak knee injury in August 2016. The question as to Bridegwater becomes his health, and Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks addressed that subject during a visit to PFT Live.

After explaining that Bridgewater had been “throwing dimes on us in practice” during the 2017 season, Kendricks provided a more specific assessment of where Bridgewater currently is.

“When I know when a route’s coming and I’m practicing against him and I feel like I’m in a perfect position to guard it and Teddy puts a ball in the outside corner,” Kendricks said, “and he completes it on me in practice where I get frustrated and I’m talking about it the rest of the practice,  I can say that man can definitely still play, absolutely.”

If the coaching staff and the front office feel the same way, Bridgewater may quite possibly be playing quarterback for the Vikings in 2018, and beyond.

51 responses to “Eric Kendricks: Teddy Bridgewater was “throwing dimes on us in practice”

  1. I don’t think that Bridgewaters ability to throw short is in question, but his long ball accuracy certainly is, based upon his first two years of bad long throws. Add that to the concern of his durability and any fan should understand why he remains a huge risk. I love the kid but there are better QBs available that have shown equal or superior talent.

  2. that sound you here is the TRADITIONALLY horrible Packers defense just soiling their jock straps!!!
    ——
    So it only takes about 10 days to forget that your defense just gave up 38 pts to Nick Files.

    No one is talking Packers here and the trolling has been at a minimum recently. Why don’t you use this as an opportunity to grow up and change your Packer obsessed ways? Maybe your team lost so badly because instead of supporting them, all you do is talk about us?

  3. I’m telling you, the one QB who will for sure be back next year is Bridgewater. Maybe they re-sign Keenum or Bradford too, or maybe they bring in somebody else like Alex Smith, but they aren’t going to let Bridgewater go. The players and coaches LOVED him going into 2016 and it isn’t just because he’s a nice guy. Case is a nice guy. Sam is a nice guy. Teddy is a nice guy who has a ton of talent that he hasn’t had the opportunity to display yet. Norv Turner, Adrian Peterson, and the offensive line limited him in 2015 and they still finished 11-5. Zimmer said he never wanted anybody else to be his quarterback. Go back and watch film of the games at the end of his rookie season and you can see how he put the ball right where it needed to be and you thought every pass he attempted would be completed.

    The wildcard is how strong the knee is right now, but if the Vikings feel like he’s doing well with it, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if they went into 2018 with Teddy as their starter. The amateur GMs out there will scream about his 14 TD passes in 2015 and declare that he’ll never be any good, but the people who have seen him and get paid to evaluate him know what he can do.

  4. Nice to hear. I sure hope Teddy is the man heading into next season (with a solid back up plan in place, of course). I’m just disappointed he didn’t get a chance to play in Shurmur’s offense. Norv Turner and Adrian Peterson really held his development back. Having him take 7 step drops with a terrible o-line and having a RB who simply can’t play in a pistol or shotgun formation…and catering to that RB over the QB…just insanity.

    I’m not saying he would’ve been an absolute stud for sure or anything, but Teddy would’ve meshed extremely well with a Pat Shurmur offense. Absolutely.

  5. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 30, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Why didn’t he suit up for the playoffs at least as a backup?
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    It’s a good question, and my guess is that the coaches thought he would likely be pretty rusty after not playing for two years. A playoff game isn’t the best time to be knocking rust off. Sam Bradford is no slouch and had played this year (one of the best games by a quarterback all season) so he was the better option to back up Keenum in the playoffs.

  6. “Teddy Bridgewater brings the most intriguing set of circumstances, given a high degree of promise and potential that was derailed by a freak knee injury”

    Wait…..when exactly did Teddy have a high degree of promise and potential?

  7. Of course he’s throwing dimes. Dimes are tiny. They’re the biggest coin he can even throw with those small hands.

  8. nhpats says:

    January 30, 2018 at 11:48 am

    “Teddy Bridgewater brings the most intriguing set of circumstances, given a high degree of promise and potential that was derailed by a freak knee injury”

    Wait…..when exactly did Teddy have a high degree of promise and potential?
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    After the 2015 season where he took the North Division against a healthy Aaron Rodgers in Lambeau.

  9. May not have Bree’s or Rodgers stats or anywhere close but he has always found a way to give the them a shot to win. That can’t be coached. I’m still skeptical about him being a starter but seems like a way better option then paying Case Keenum 20-25 million over the next 5 years. I think Teddy will take prove himself type money for a year or two if he has a legitimate shot at being a starter.

  10. It’s not short to intermediate throws that are in question, it’s Teddy’s long ball accuracy. At his age size and strength can increase greatly, and hopefully he was able to work on throwing mechanics to aid in the development of the long ball. His judgement with a ball is never in question (unlike Case) and if he can regain the mobility he had he should have some success. I wish the best for him, his teammates love him, Zim loves him. I think he’s back, competing with one of the other 2 for the starter role.

  11. I’m excited to see Teddy back as the starter. I’m convinced the good quarterbacking of the last 2 seasons was due to improving offensive lines and a budding young new set of offensive weapons. Keep working on that O-Line again this year so that we go from having a middle of the road line to a good one. Teddy has had great games jus by having his O-line not disintegrate during a game. Imagine what he can do with an actual solid or even good line. He’s got better eyes than Case and better accuracy than Bradford. Both of those guys were awesome but I don’t know if Bradford is ever trustworthy regarding his health ever again or that Case can really find all of the plays. He missed a lot of scores this season. Thanks to both guys but Teddy is the guy we drafted. I’d like to see him lead us to the superbowl.

  12. Can I remind the man of many aliases above that this must have been the menu at the Viking Defense Training Table the week before the NFC Championship game?
    Mon – Sat: Swiss Cheese
    Sunday: Triple Swiss Cheese

  13. Nick Foles was throwing dimes on you in the NFC championship game, what does that say about that vaunted defense? Just another average QB sticking that skol up your a$$. Philadelphia is just better, better people, better football, better food. Your mall is nice though. Losers.

  14. pkrlvr says:
    January 30, 2018 at 11:33 am

    that sound you here is the TRADITIONALLY horrible Packers defense just soiling their jock straps!!!
    ——
    So it only takes about 10 days to forget that your defense just gave up 38 pts to Nick Files.

    No one is talking Packers here and the trolling has been at a minimum recently. Why don’t you use this as an opportunity to grow up and change your Packer obsessed ways?
    ___________

    You’re responding to one of the biggest trolls on this site and you’ve been here long enough to know that he’s just trying to get under your skin. Perhaps he’s not the only one who is obsessed.

  15. ariani1985 says:
    January 30, 2018 at 11:26 am
    that sound you here is the TRADITIONALLY horrible Packers defense just soiling their jock straps!!!

    19 41 Rate This

    Ariani, if you could use the English language appropriately your comment might have been funny.

  16. Cost of signing any combination of two questionable QBs….Bridgewater, Keenum and Bradford may be more than just paying Cousins to a long term deal. Alex Smith is proven and can be had for a second rounder and similar money.

    The next few months should be interesting for Vikes fans.

  17. What difference does it make? The Vikings will still forget to show up in the big games under the bright lights. It really does not matter who is QB. Brady could not even win the big games if he were on the Vikings.

  18. @In Teddy We Trust says:

    You might be missing the salary cap issue. All three QB’s are eligible for Free Agency, bringing in someone like Alex Smith would be another large contract. Keenum had his big year, he’ll want money, Bradford and Smith will get there money. Bridgewater is the only one who doesn’t really demand a big contract due to lack of playing time.If the Vikings give Bridgewater a big contract, they will need to find a back up other than the other 3.

  19. Liberalsruineverything says:
    January 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    Teddy will destroy the division next year. Book it!
    ___________________________________________________

    Booked the easy victory over New Orleans, which actually took a miracle and a horrible defensive play.

    Then booked the easy win over the Eagles and their backup..let’s not talk about that

    AND based on all the chest puffing I booked the Superbowl in their home stadium talk
    remember…Superbowl homeboy!!!!!

    So lets hold off on the book it!!!! Maybe you should really seriously worry about not screwing up your No QB situation first, then go from there.

  20. Supposedly Brett Hundley was pretty good in practice, too. Having said that, I do think Teddy is probably the Vikings starting quarterback for next season assuming his knee can hold up. The QB market is thin, so I’m sure Keenum will get offers too rich for the Vikings. Bradford is done.

  21. Brobokil says:
    January 30, 2018 at 11:52 am
    nhpats says:

    January 30, 2018 at 11:48 am

    “Teddy Bridgewater brings the most intriguing set of circumstances, given a high degree of promise and potential that was derailed by a freak knee injury”

    Wait…..when exactly did Teddy have a high degree of promise and potential?
    —————————————————————————
    After the 2015 season where he took the North Division against a healthy Aaron Rodgers in Lambeau.
    ______________________________

    Hey, help me out again.
    Which part of Teddy’s game was it when he out-dueled Rodgers for the NFC North crown, was it his 99 yards in passing?
    Maybe it was the 0 Tds he threw that game.
    Well, it certainly couldn’t have been the pick he tossed.
    Please, clue me in on this again!
    I’m waiting………..

  22. Why do people keep talking about Lamar Jackson like an NFL savior? A narrow framed gazelle with no pocket awareness and very limited pure passing skills isn’t going to step into the NFL and run circles around defenses like it’s the ACC. He’s going to be forced into holding the ball, scrambling around looking to make a play like he’s at Louisville, and he’ll get crushed. And with his slight narrow frame, he won’t stand up to that punishment. Just ask Bob the 3rd. How many times do we have to see the classic “college star / NFL bust” story before people start recognizing them ahead of time?

    Lamar Jackson is a project at best. Talking about drafting him high to come compete for a starting job is foolish. He does not have an NFL skill set. Especially if we’re talking 16 games a season, year after year, standing in to make throws and take hits and get up week after week…….yeah not a chance i trust him for that kind of responsibility.

  23. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    January 30, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    Nick Foles was throwing dimes on you in the NFC championship game, what does that say about that vaunted defense? Just another average QB sticking that skol up your a$$. Philadelphia is just better, better people, better football, better food. Your mall is nice though. Losers.

    ——————-
    I’m just tired of the philadelphia fans…. I used to hate the packer fans the most and that has changed completely…. I am still rooting for the eagles to win against the patriots, but I think the eagles fans are the least deserved fan base out there.

    It’s just sports, is your whole life about sports soooo much that you need to knock down others to feel better about yourself? So 2nd grade….

  24. Brobokil says:
    January 30, 2018 at 11:56 am
    I’m excited to see Teddy back as the starter. I’m convinced the good quarterbacking of the last 2 seasons was due to improving offensive lines and a budding young new set of offensive weapons. Keep working on that O-Line again this year so that we go from having a middle of the road line to a good one. Teddy has had great games jus by having his O-line not disintegrate during a game. Imagine what he can do with an actual solid or even good line. He’s got better eyes than Case and better accuracy than Bradford. Both of those guys were awesome but I don’t know if Bradford is ever trustworthy regarding his health ever again or that Case can really find all of the plays. He missed a lot of scores this season. Thanks to both guys but Teddy is the guy we drafted. I’d like to see him lead us to the superbowl.

    —————-
    Bradford had a historically bad offensive line, he got crushed game after game and the vikes were literally the worst rush offense in the league….

  25. You’re responding to one of the biggest trolls on this site and you’ve been here long enough to know that he’s just trying to get under your skin.
    ——-
    Everybody has a cheat day…

  26. Bridgewater is the best choice among five choices, including Bradford, Keenum, draft someone new and start anew, or find still another veteran and start over. My money is on Bradford to start the season, replaced by Bridgewater if and when it becomes necessary.

  27. I would not be surprised if both TEDDY and CASE are back with a promise that whoever plays the best in the OTA and Preseason is the # 1 and 2nd best # 2 and everyone has a fresh start.

    If this happens the best thing Zimmer could do is at the beginning announce we could have the following lineups in game 1 of the season at the QB position
    1. Teddy 2. Case 3 Sloter — or
    1. Teddy 2. Sloter 3. Case — or
    1. Case 2. Teddy 3. Sloter — or
    1. Case 2. Sloter 3. Teddy — or
    1. Sloter 2. Teddy 3. Case — or
    1. Sloter 2. Case 3. Teddy

    Would not be surprised if then ended up TEDDY SLOTER CASE or perhaps SLOTER TEDDY CASE cause with a new OC we really do not know who will pick it up the fastest and a whole offseason with SLOTER no one really knows. No one expected Dallas QB to take off the way he did 2 years ago.

  28. If the Jags can’t get Cousins Bridge is my second choice, but very close. Throws a great short game, still young, checks off at the line well.

  29. Liberalsruineverything says:

    January 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Teddy will destroy the division next year. Book it!

    Didn’t you say that this season, & last season, the season before, etc.? See a pattern? lol

  30. You can’t argue against Teddy’s poise and moxie, crediting Keenum’s success solely to coaching or an improved offensive line is biased thinking. That’s my issue with Bridgewater supporters; arguing “could have” against “did it”. Maybe Teddy is the answer, but I’m hoping the Vikes management figures in actual results more than desired speculation making this decision. I’m spooked by his sudden and devastating injury. If Keenum wants 20-mil a year let him walk. I do not believe he does, judging by his words. If that is the case, then it’s Case.

  31. Teddy wasn’t encased in carbonite for two years. He has been at the team facilities learning, throwing and trying to get better. To say he wasn’t good two years ago so he couldn’t possibly be good now is nearsighted. The injury might be a blessing in disguise, but there is only one way to find out.

  32. skolking says:

    Sign Bradford = Waste of money
    Sign Teddy = Minimum pay as back-up
    Sign Case = 3 year 30 million.

    *************

    That’s how I see it, and hoping Vikes keep Teddy.

  33. irishgary says:
    January 30, 2018 at 1:01 pm
    @In Teddy We Trust says:

    You might be missing the salary cap issue. All three QB’s are eligible for Free Agency, bringing in someone like Alex Smith would be another large contract. Keenum had his big year, he’ll want money, Bradford and Smith will get there money. Bridgewater is the only one who doesn’t really demand a big contract due to lack of playing time.If the Vikings give Bridgewater a big contract, they will need to find a back up other than the other 3.
    _________

    You just said Bridgewater won’t get a big contract but then say we can’t afford two quarterbacks if the Vikings give him a big contract. I don’t know what kind of contracts any of these guys will wind up with but it isn’t out of the question to think they could afford two of these guys. They all have question marks.

  34. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 30, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Why didn’t he suit up for the playoffs at least as a backup?
    ))))))))))))))))))))))))
    Maybe the Vikings wanted to sign TB at a lower rate. If Teddy shows other teams he can play or that he could possibly play the price goes up.

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