Vikings felt Teddy Bridgewater still has recovery left to do

AP

Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater wouldn’t say recently whether he believes he’ll be ready to participate in offseason work with his new team and comments from the coach of his former team suggest that the quarterback may not be ready to go.

Bridgewater returned to practice with the Vikings during the 2017 season and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday that he felt Bridgewater was progressing well during his time on the field. He put Bridgewater in one game to mop up a win as evidence of that, but the team’s medical staff had a different take.

“The reports I’d get back from the medical people weren’t as positive as I was about it,” Zimmer said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. “That’s kind of how it came down is that his knee wasn’t as … he still has some recovery to do. When I watched him in practice he moved well, I didn’t see limitations but from what I told there was some.”

Bridgewater said that he’s “confident in the [Jets] athletic training staff and the coaching staff here that they can eventually get me back to the player that I once was.” His deal with the Jets includes little guaranteed money, which gives the team a chance to see if things play out the way Bridgewater hopes with little downside in the event they go the other way instead.

28 responses to “Vikings felt Teddy Bridgewater still has recovery left to do

  1. He is done. He will never be a starter again. It was the Vikings team that made him look good. Watch Case Keenum this year…..Denver does not have anything close to the weapons the Vikings have on offense….

  2. Stop and think before you speak…should have taken the Belichick approach on this one. You did your organization no favors here.

  3. 2nd qb zimmer has thrown under the bus for no apparent reason. classy guy. who’s next? Thomas?

  4. During the playoffs Bridgewater was in active in Bradford was the back up. That said very clearly that the Vikings had more confidence in Bradford and they didn’t Teddy. He’s a wonderful story about coming back from injury and I wish him only the best, but this report is no surprise to me.

  5. Bridgewater has not shown he is above the usual gimmick style fake QB. I have no skin in this game, but loathe this type of QB and won’t change because he is getting healthier. There is no room in this sport for a running back who thinks he can throw. That is a position that should throw first and run as a last resort. So far he’s demonstrated pure average – and in that position, that is enough to move on from.

  6. That injury just sucked, and it looks like it will mess up his career if not end it. He had a chance to be a decent, not great NFL QB, seeing as how he was mobile, could read defenses, was accurate and played well under pressure. The main issue seemed to be arm strength, but there have been plenty of successful QBs with average arm strength. Without that mobility he will be lucky to be a career backup.

    It’s a shame to see the cheesers gloating over his damaged career.

  7. Based on what Zimmer was saying during the season, I really thought Teddy was going to be their quarterback next year. Clearly, that was not the case and that made the move for Cousins inevitable. That doesn’t mean Teddy’s career is over, though. He had an injury that was supposed to take two years to recover from and he came back to practice way ahead of schedule. The Vikings couldn’t trust him to be the starter on a team with Super Bowl aspirations but I predict he will come back and have a productive career for somebody.

  8. kingcheese says:
    March 27, 2018 at 9:37 am

    He is done. He will never be a starter again. It was the Vikings team that made him look good. Watch Case Keenum this year…..Denver does not have anything close to the weapons the Vikings have on offense….
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    When Teddy was playing, the Vikings didn’t have anything close to the weapons the Vikings now have on offense. The offensive line was terrible, Diggs was a rookie, Thielen barely played on offense, Mike Wallace was the main receiver, Charles Johnson took a huge step back, and Adrian Peterson required the offense to be run in a way that would allow him to succeed but was detrimental to what Teddy did well. I don’t think the Vikings team made Teddy look good at all. Any success he had was despite what he had around him. I would love to see what he can do when he has good players around him and the offense is designed for him, but I don’t know if we’ll ever see that now.

  9. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    March 27, 2018 at 10:23 am
    Bridgewater has not shown he is above the usual gimmick style fake QB. I have no skin in this game, but loathe this type of QB and won’t change because he is getting healthier. There is no room in this sport for a running back who thinks he can throw. That is a position that should throw first and run as a last resort. So far he’s demonstrated pure average – and in that position, that is enough to move on from.
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    That is the most moronic statement I’ve ever heard about Bridgewater. TB has never been a run first QB. Do you even watch football or do you just show how smart you aren’t on websites?

  10. From what I’ve seen, Teddy has a lot of recovery ahead of him and they didn’t even sew on a bionic arm yet. He simply lacks the arm strength to be an NFL QB. Not every offense is designed like the Vikings with short passes to the flat, bubble screens, sreen plays and 3 yard down and outs. His knee injury was horrific so kudo’s to him in his recovery on the knee but that’s not his biggest limitation.

  11. Yeah, and you chose a screen name pretending to be dead guys widow. Seriously, a dead guys widow…Seriously, wtf is wrong with some of you people? It’s not even remotely funny, but hey, it got you the attention you so desperately craved right?

    Pathetic.

  12. “When I watched him in practice he moved well, I didn’t see limitations but from what I told there was some.”
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    Mr. Magoo can only assess the defensive side of the ball.

  13. It’s a shame to see the cheesers gloating over his damaged career.
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    Who was it that broke Rodgers collarbone last year? It gets mentioned so rarely I forgot.

  14. Wisconsin is VASTLY Superior! says:

    How many of you Vikings fans “gloated” over the injury to Rodgers, and treated it “as some sort of victory in a sad way”?

    Hypocritical much?

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    None that I can remember, and I read PFT almost every day. Viking fans began to chirp only after your head coach and drama queen QB cried foul…and on national TV no less. We laughed.

    Teddy Bridgewater might be up against it career wise, but Minnesota fans can feel true admiration and respect for this humble, hardworking young man. What happened to Erin Rodgers was good, clean football. Teddy’s injury was a tragedy. There’s a big difference. Going forward I’m hoping two things will happen in the 2018 season; that Keenum and Bridgewater both play well and win, and for Mike Zimmer to say less and coach better.

  15. @PackerTruth: You’re right that it was mentioned quite a lot (Packer fans whined a lot about it) in the first five weeks of the season, but then it took a sharp decline. Much like the Packer record and the Packer fans attendance on this site…coincidence?

    At least this year it’ll be clear by week 3 that your 2017 season was a harbinger not an anomaly.

  16. purplepackerhater says:
    March 27, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    @PackerTruth: You’re right that it was mentioned quite a lot (Packer fans whined a lot about it) in the first five weeks of the season
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    We whined about it before it even happened? I’ll take that as a harbinger your post is mostly meaningless.

  17. I don’t think he threw him under the bus. He didn’t say he shouldn’t have been cleared to play or pass a physical. He came back early and zim felt like while maybe healthy, he wasn’t all the way there yet, considering how important a qbs legs are and all.
    To the guy who called teddy a gimmick run first qb, you never watched him play did You? Without trying to drop that card, I’m guessing you only said that because teddy is black? Shame…
    Packers fans on the Barr on Rodgers hit, I don’t recall Vikings fans saying much in the way of anything out of line at all when Rodgers got hurt. I actually recall most being pretty respectful saying how they hate to see a guy get hurt, even a packet, like that. But that it was a clean football play, which is was. Rodgers and McCarthy are the ones that came out screaming about that noise while you crazies sent death threats to poor Anthony Barr for hitting a guy hard with good technique in a violent sport. Yeah, you sent death threats to the kid.

  18. Stop and think before you speak…should have taken the Belichick approach on this one. You did your organization no favors here.
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    Zimmer isn’t Belichick so why would he act like Belichick?….

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