Having Adrian Peterson back automatically and obviously makes the Vikings better.
But Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t want to get ahead of himself, either.
Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Bridgewater said it’s too soon to declare the Vikings contenders.
“It’s easy to sit here and say how good we can be, but it’s still early June and it’s too early to tell,’’ Bridgewater said. “We have to just continue to get better each day right now. We know that we can’t win the championship in June, so we just have to continue to build chemistry and then take advantage of these [OTAs] and come back in training camp and then we’ll be able to tell how good we’ll be.’’
That said, Bridgewater admitted he was “excited” to get Peterson back, as he should be.
“He’s probably one of the best running backs to ever play in the NFL,” Bridgewater said. “I’m pretty excited that he’s back and we just got to continue to get better.’’
Between Peterson coming back and the addition of Mike Wallace, it’s reasonable to think the Vikings should improve. But a lot of that is also on Bridgewater, who showed remarkable maturity last year once he got on the field, and is a big part of the reason for that optimism.