Teddy Bridgewater’s goal: Completing 70 percent of his passes

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Only five times in NFL history has a quarterback completed 70 percent of his passes. Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater thinks he can be the sixth.

“I think we try to aim to be over 70 percent in the quarterback room,” Bridgewater told the Star-Tribune. “That’s one of our goals. We take pride in completion percentage, we take pride in taking care of the football and commanding the offense. It’s going to be a fun year. I have a ton of weapons at my exposure; and I can’t wait to get everyone going.”

Bridgewater completed 64.4 percent of his passes last year, the third-highest completion percentage for a rookie in NFL history. But increasing to 70 percent in his second year is extremely unlikely. A 70 percent completion rate is really, really hard. Peyton Manning has never done it. Tom Brady has never done it. Aaron Rodgers has never done it. The only active quarterback who has ever completed 70 percent of his passes in a season is Drew Brees, who did it in both 2009 and 2011. And the only other quarterbacks in history who have completed 70 percent of their passes were Ken Anderson in 1982, Joe Montana in 1989 and Steve Young in 1994.

So far this preseason, Bridgewater has completed 78.6 percent of his passes. It’s not realistic to think he’ll complete his passes at close to that rate in the regular season, but Bridgewater has big goals for his second season.

141 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater’s goal: Completing 70 percent of his passes

  1. As a Browns fan, passing on this guy to trade up for Manzel is the most Browns-like move the Browns could do. Tough team to love.

  2. Let’s see how many people go with “checkdown Teddy” comments. I love it, shows people either don’t watch Vikings games and just hate, or watch them and don’t understand the scheme Norv runs. Either way, even when he does go through his progressions and throw to a RB underneath or a TE on a short route it beats taking a sack or throwing a pick. I think he’ll have a good year and I’m looking forward to seeing how they look when they start running their regular season offense with all their playmakers in the whole game.

  3. Since he appears incapable of throwing the ball more than 8 yards downfield, his goal might be within reach. It won’t win many games, but sure does look good on the stat sheet!

  4. This is why he should have been the first pick of the draft. He is everything you want in a qb. Yes he is not like Rodgers or Luck and doesn’t boast a strong arm, however I think my Vikings have found their francnhise qb to build around and hold onto for a long time.

  5. I also have a goal. Dating 70 percent of the Swimsuit Super Models that I meet. I have not met any yet, so the goal is still obtainable.

  6. Teddy B. has surgical accuracy.With AD in the backfield and a ton of receiving targets, I think 70% is attainable by this future pro bowl QB.

  7. Such a great humble kid, too bad he has to start the season off 0-1. I like Teddy though. #Nobodyhasitbetter #WaitTillWeputOurHaynesonYOU

  8. Setting high goals is a good thing.

    Other QB’s have done it, so no reason not to set the goal high.

    As mentioned in this story, he hit 64.4% as a rookie, so striving to hit 70% seems to be a good goal.

    BTW – Rodgers is still active and had a 71.4% completion rate in his 3rd season.

    Of course he only threw 28 passes that year… 😀

    In his rookie season he had a 56.3% and in his 2nd season a solid 40.0% for a 3 year average of 59.3.

  9. As a big Viking fan I hope to see him complete anything beyond 15 yards. With those small hands I don’t think he can throw very accurately beyond that. Call me a nutj0b, but I truly believe we can win the Superbowl with Bridgewater, he is clearly the best QB in the NFCN, not even Rodgers sets goals for himself like this.

  10. Before I go…bawahahaha!! I didn’t see this kid play one single snap last year, so I probably shouldn’t. Plus this is only a “goal”. It’s not like he’s RG3 saying he’s the best quarterback in the NFL after every pass he completes in the preseason.

  11. Good luck with that Teddy! It’s good to have goals and works to achieve them. As a vikes fan I would be glad to have him be over 70 per cent of Aaron Rodgers who has owned us!

  12. Big PACK guy here. Gotta like this kid’s style. Lofty goals and thinking big. I think with Teddy and ap the Vike’s could be something special. Throw in coach Zim and that D, oh man. Looks like this may be a lost season for my PACK, but we’re rooting for you guys over here in wisconson when the pack are out of it. GO PACK!!

  13. Bridgewater can do it, as long has all his receivers are where they are supposed to be (ahem! Cordarelle Patterson) when they’re supposed to be there.

    If that OL can hold together, Teddy will make a run at that number.

    Okay, cue the Packer fans with their “checkdown” jokes.

  14. Is this what he has to do in order to be higher on Ron Jaworski’s QB Countdown next year?

    Face it. If he competes 60%, he will always be better than Griffin and Cassel. Cassel and Griffin ahead of Bridgewater? Jaworski is a bad analyst now.

  15. It’s the old saying, statistics are like a bikini, what they show is revealing but what they cover up is far more important.

    Yes, Teddy did have a 64% completion rate but the vast majority of them were the short variety, check downs, screen passes, bubble screens and passes out to the flat about 5 yards downfield. I mean, they don’t call him “Check down Teddy” for nothing.

    So let’s see what we have from the Vikings contingent in the prediction department this off season; Peterson says he will rush for 2500 yards, Check Down Teddy is down for a 70% completion rate, and the Viking fans are predicting (for the 54th straight time) a Superbowl win. In the words of the great American author, Kinky Friedman, you have a better chance of seeing Jesus Christ himself pull up to your front door in a 1971 Ford Pinto.

  16. His got a ton of weapons at his disposal perhaps, but at his exposure? Ok, in fairness I don’t know anything about quarterbacking either.

  17. Wow, that’s pretty impressive. It’s hard not to root for the kid’s dedication to his craft, but he plays for a team that’s in my team’s division, so…

  18. What will the Packer trolls say if he does?? Actually, it would be part of a team effort. if he does. Vikes will being doing good.

  19. Since you can’t throw further then 10 yards, I see no reason why you can’t complete 70% of your check downs, Teddy.

  20. Romo completed 69.7 of his passes last year with the HIGHEST YPA to go along with it and the top QB rating in the league. he got screwed out of the MVP plain and simple.
    c’mon now haters

  21. Good goal, not realistic but I’d rather see him get the ball downfield more often. Percentage will go down but he seems to be very comfortable with checking down. If Teddy can get his total TD’s in that 30 range Vikings will be tough to deal with this season.

  22. As a big Viking fan I hope to see him complete anything beyond 15 yards. With those small hands I don’t think he can throw very accurately beyond that. Call me a nutj0b, but I truly believe we can win the Superbowl with Bridgewater, he is clearly the best QB in the NFCN, not even Rodgers sets g0als for himself like this.

  23. Big Time Packer stock holder chiming in!!!! It is very refreshing to read and article and not hearing the QB complain!!! “pre season games are meaningless” “the balls are under inflated” “no one on our team gets it”!!! Sorry, just taking my anger out on Rodgers….

  24. Bridgewater is the Tundra Tannehill. Sky high completion rate on his barrage of under 20 yard passes, can’t hit WRs deep.

  25. I guess his goal should be 64% again? The reason you set goals is they are hard to attain and something to strive for.

    I guess AP should shoot for 1,000 yards and Coach Zimmer should try and reach .500, which is where a lot of people have this team after going 7-9 without AP, with 3 starters on the OL out, and a rookie QB. One more win from adding a healthy OL, Adrian Peterson and two new top pick on the defense. Ya, that sounds about right.

    There is a reason why the talking heads and Vikings fans are amped up about this team. I think Teddy and AP’s goals are about right where they should be.

  26. Except Romo’s one of the all time chokes.

    If Detroit hadn’t been completely screwed last season in the playoffs, they would have been one and done again, and Romo would be 1 – 5 in playoff games.

    Cheers

  27. Peyton Manning has never done it. Tom Brady has never done it. Aaron Rodgers has never done it. The only active quarterback who has ever completed 70 percent of his passes in a season is Drew Brees, who did it in both 2009 and 2011.
    ==============================
    I rest my case: Drew is the best because he is the most accurate QB in NFL history and he’s 4″ to 5″ shorter than the QBs everybody loves putting ahead of him like Brady, Manning and Rodgers… Without that half foot advantage/benefit, its pretty obvious that Brees’ career is the most impressive…..FACTS

  28. I am glad he has goals and while lofty, not impossible either. But I don’t want to see inflated numbers due to constantly checking down. I remember all to0 well the Brad Childress/Daryl Bevell days when on third and 8 we throw a 2 yard pass EVERY TIME! I am truly optimistic that TB can be our QB, but I am praying for the passing game to good enough to change us from, Peterson left, Peterson right and finally Peterson up the gut.

  29. ariani1985 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 8:45 AM

    anything is positive over sailing balls over the heads of receivers and shredding knees over jump balls!
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    Actually, it was the receiver’s fault for jumping for a ball that was in his reach.

  30. Drew Brees, Ken Anderson, Joe Montana and Steve Young; pretty good list. Anderson in 82 was a 9 game strike year and Montana and Young where working out of the West Coast offense of Bill Walsh (not to diminish the achievement) so I think that 70% is not going to happen. We will see what Norv Turner can do with him.

  31. Eli had the same goal last year, PFT even reported on it. He didn’t attain it. Then again, he can’t figure out childproof caps on aspirin bottles.

  32. skoLOL!
    Old Checkdown Teddy almost had as many interceptions as he had touchdowns. Couple that with all of his 5 yd completions and yeah, I think 70% is doable.

  33. realitycheckbaby says:

    If Detroit hadn’t been completely screwed last season in the playoffs, they would have been one and done again, and Romo would be 1 – 5 in playoff games.

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    How was Detroit screwed? You mean by Stafford’s two fumbles and 1 strip sack from Dallas’ defense in the 4th qtr, after the perfectly legit PI call that Lion’s fans cry about?

  34. mfinsrule says:
    Aug 25, 2015 7:44 AM
    Good to have goals, but unrealistic with the receivers he will be throwing to. Patterson and Wallace will not help his cause.

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    You evidentially don’t know this team, Patterson is the #4 WR and would be his 6th passing option at best. He will be a gimmick guy, get some carries and run some bubble screens, but doesn’t seem set to play a huge role in the offense. My guess is if Diggs stays healthy he will move into that KR/#4 WR role at some point this year.

  35. Love these “insightful” comments by the QB specialists at PFT. If you had watched Joe Montana play, the offense they ran consisted mostly of short completions. Seems like that didn’t detract from his greatness. On the other hand, the “Mad Bomber”, Darryl Lamonica was famous for completing long TD passes. What did he win? That’s right, nothing. And of course there is Tom Brady, winner of 4 SBs. Seems like he is doing a lot of sinking and dunking. In fact the past 3 years his YPC is 6.9, 6.3 and 6.9. What was TBW’s? 7.3 in his first year.

  36. With Jordy gone all the Packers have is Rodgers, lots of one man teams have won Super Bowls..
    I just saw Lacey’s new commercial.. he admits he is hiding out…LOL
    People laughed at the 49ers West Coast offense too.
    It only lead to what 4 SB’s….
    The Vikings offense is a short passing game with strong running game until the Defense puts too many people up to stop it.. then POP, 30 yards…
    Call it checking down if you like, but it is having 3 guys running 5-8 yard routs and picking the open man.
    Sucks to be your Defense this year…
    TB5 the steal of the 2014 Draft..

  37. “The only numbers that matter are the ones on the scoreboard when the game ends”
    Tom Coughlin

    “Stats are for losers”
    Bill Belichick

    They are putting something together in Minnesota and goals are good to have but at the end of the day it’s all about the standings. There’s no doubt Zim will be focused on the right numbers.

  38. Winning games, getting into the playoffs, winning a Super Bowl didn’t make his list of goals? Looks like he’s been hanging around with AP.

  39. I sure hope the Packers don’t lose anymore players, I just hate it when they have a built in excuse for losing!

  40. Check down? Last time I check Rodgers had 11 completion out of 19 for 118 yards. That’s terrible, while Teddy had 12 of 14 for 89 yards. Now, who’s better? Teddy will win more Super Bowl than Rodgers when it’s all set and done. Book it, clowns!!!

  41. ejmat3 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 9:04 AM

    As a big Viking fan I hope to see him complete anything beyond 15 yards. With those small hands I don’t think he can throw very accurately beyond that. Call me a nutj0b, but I truly believe we can win the Superbowl with Bridgewater, he is clearly the best QB in the NFCN, not even Rodgers sets g0als for
    ………………………………………………..

    SERIOUSLY
    YOU SAY ” he is clearly the best QB in the NFCN”
    Really really Ok if you say so
    Bridgewater is CLEARLY better than Rodgers

    Viking fans Un believeable

  42. It’s sad but kind of funny that TB5 and viking haters come on here and act like they’ve watched every snap of this guy. If you watched teddy play last year you could see him progress game to game, specifically the deep ball. People try to make it sound like we have bill Musgraves offense from 2011 and Christian ponder at the helm. Keep doubtin haters!!!

  43. Can’t wait for this season to start. So much to look forward to. Its so good to have a QB like Teddy. If I was a Browns fan or a Redskins fan, I’d be looking for a gas oven to stick my head in. Too bad Ponder couldn’t complete those check downs.

  44. If the 2014 NFL draft had a re-do, Teddy Bridgewater would go #1 overall to the Texans.

    How this guy slipped all the way to 32 is a absolute joke.

  45. Trying to hit 70% of his passes or better sounds like a decent goal. The only way that it might not work out is if he starts holding onto balls instead of taking chances if the end of the season is approaching and he’s near reaching the goal.

    Honestly, it doesn’t matter if he is chucking up 70 yard bombs or hitting six yard outs, as long as the chains keep moving. You don’t win games with style points. You win them by scoring more than the other team. Holding possession and moving the ball down the field help you do that.

  46. We’ll get to the NFC Championship this year and we’ll finish the job, unlike some other team last year that cha cha cha choked it away.

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    Make it to the playoffs first… then start talking smack…

  47. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    Aug 25, 2015 10:48 AM

    We’ll get to the NFC Championship this year and we’ll finish the job, unlike some other team last year that cha cha cha choked it away.
    ——————————————————–So I guess you forgot about the 1998 NFC Championship where your kicker’s one missed field goal that year was the one that would’ve won it.

    Or the 2001 NFC Championship where you lost 41-0.

    Or the 2009 NFC Championship where Favre declined to run untouched into his kicker’s range and instead threw into traffic and threw the losing interception.

    And yet Viking fans bash the Packers for choking. Comical.

  48. I have never heard so much crowing in my life from a team and it’s fans. Try to remember something…

    7-9
    Never beat a team with a winning record last year.
    Never won a Super Bowl. Ever.

    This is why the entire universe laughs at you and why you can’t be taken seriously.

  49. The problem with that is –

    if it becomes too ingrained in his head to make the throw for a completion, does he hold on to it too long and take the sack rather than hurt his completion percentage?

  50. whatjusthapped says:
    Aug 25, 2015 8:51 AM

    It’s the old saying, statistics are like a bikini, what they show is revealing but what they cover up is far more important.

    Yes, Teddy did have a 64% completion rate but the vast majority of them were the short variety, check downs, screen passes, bubble screens and passes out to the flat about 5 yards downfield. I mean, they don’t call him “Check down Teddy” for nothing.

    So let’s see what we have from the Vikings contingent in the prediction department this off season; Peterson says he will rush for 2500 yards, Check Down Teddy is down for a 70% completion rate, and the Viking fans are predicting (for the 54th straight time) a Superbowl win. In the words of the great American author, Kinky Friedman, you have a better chance of seeing Jesus Christ himself pull up to your front door in a 1971 Ford Pinto.

    umm there were no super bowls from 1961 till 1968

  51. You gotta love Packer trolls making fun of check down Teddy while the Packers offense is run on short passes and YAC. Norv Turner also says his favorite plays are short ones that lead to YAC. The whole point is to get the ball out of the QB’s hand before they get hit. Whatever moves the chains is what matters.

  52. Everybody is criticizing by saying he can’t throw more that 7 yards at a time. That sounds good, until you realize that 7 yards at a time, with 70 percent accuracy is still first down after first down and moving consistently to the end zone…

  53. Lol this midget QB can’t even stay on the field without getting hurt. If he played an entire season last year, it would have been closer to 50% completion. You viking fans wish you had a QB of Rodgers caliber. Looking forward to not having to hear you turds after week 5 when your team is already done for the season. You disappear every time.

  54. People are so judgmental. There is nothing wrong with checking down and completing a high percentage of passes if its within the flow of the offense and protecting the bal is important.
    If you watched the viking last year, you would know he began to push the ball more as the season went on. Both Teddy and Norv have made it a point of emphasis to increase his Yards Per Completion and have said as much this pre-season/training camp.
    At the end of the day we’re talking about a 2nd year qb also. Give him a chance, sheesh.

  55. It’s too bad Teddy Sewerwater doesn’t have more important goals like finally beating a team with a .500 record or better.
    The Vikes were 0-7 in that department.

    Or maybe something more team oriented like leading his team to win half of it’s division games this season.
    Improving on the team’s 1-5 mark from last year.

    Hey, individual goals are cute, I guess.
    AP has been striving for those for years and with the exception of leading the league in beaten children, he’s done pretty well for himself.

  56. whatjusthapped says:
    Aug 25, 2015 8:51 AM
    It’s the old saying, statistics are like a bikini, what they show is revealing but what they cover up is far more important.

    Yes, Teddy did have a 64% completion rate but the vast majority of them were the short variety, check downs, screen passes, bubble screens and passes out to the flat about 5 yards downfield. I mean, they don’t call him “Check down Teddy” for nothing.

    So let’s see what we have from the Vikings contingent in the prediction department this off season; Peterson says he will rush for 2500 yards, Check Down Teddy is down for a 70% completion rate, and the Viking fans are predicting (for the 54th straight time) a Superbowl win. In the words of the great American author, Kinky Friedman, you have a better chance of seeing Jesus Christ himself pull up to your front door in a 1971 Ford Pinto.

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    Quoted for Truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for saving me the trouble of typing it myself.

    Teams that spend more time talking about personal goals get more time to reflect on them in January!

  57. f1restarter says:
    Aug 25, 2015 7:32 AM
    Should be easy, with all those 3-yard check downs he’s famous for.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Maybe Aaron could have checked down the other day instead of throwing high to Nelson?

    Hmmmmmmmmm………

    The reality is Teddy can throw long, medium, and short.

    Sorry, no more Ponder for pack fans…..they will face a real QB for years in Bridgewater.

  58. mediasloppy says:
    Aug 25, 2015 11:34 AM
    You gotta love Packer trolls making fun of check down Teddy while the Packers offense is run on short passes and YAC. Norv Turner also says his favorite plays are short ones that lead to YAC. The whole point is to get the ball out of the QB’s hand before they get hit. Whatever moves the chains is what matters.

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    True. But what was your record last year. Who’d you play in the playoffs?

    Again,

    Stats, stats, stats,

    If I was a Viking fan I would be asking my team to shut up and play. Talk about stats when the wins come.

  59. Will someone please remind Viking fans they didn’t beat a team above .500 last year. Let’s hold the horsies.

    And don’t give me the, “No AP” excuse. There are no excuses in the NFL.

  60. emoney826 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 11:43 AM
    Lol this midget QB can’t even stay on the field without getting hurt. If he played an entire season last year, it would have been closer to 50% completion. You viking fans wish you had a QB of Rodgers caliber. Looking forward to not having to hear you turds after week 5 when your team is already done for the season. You disappear every time.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Says the fan of the team where his own QB has been hurt the last 2 years!!!!!!

    Wow……pack fans, you make me laugh!!!!!

  61. Sure Tedy. It’s possible. But only because your hands are so small that you need gloves to hold the football, you can’t throw the ball more than 10 yards down the field on a rope, and your only deep threat is a Me-Only guy who is on his 3rd team because he is a pouter when he doesn’t get the ball.

    Good thing the Vikes still have AP. Because the rest of the offense (including you) is not impressive.

    >

  62. tritz32 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 12:05 PM
    Will someone please remind Viking fans they didn’t beat a team above .500 last year. Let’s hold the horsies.

    And don’t give me the, “No AP” excuse. There are no excuses in the NFL.

    bridgeh2o says:

    And that is about as important as saying we kicked your tail, TWICE, with an old QB named Favre in 2009.

    Yes, how pertinent are both those facts for the 2015 season?

    Nada………..both teams are different, especially with TB entrenched as our franchise QB, Peterson back to destroy the packers as usual, and for our defense to raise mayhem.

    The Gbay Rodgers better be careful what they wish for….

  63. And the world record for the most consecutive offseason paper championships goes to …………..

    THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS and their ever pompous fan base for predicting YET ANOTHER superbowl victory following yet another dismal season.

  64. f1restarter says:
    Aug 25, 2015 7:32 AM

    Should be easy, with all those 3-yard check downs he’s famous for.
    ______________________________________

    Guaranteed he will not aim high on his receivers, causing them to land awkwardly and tear ACLs, unlike other NFC North QBs.

  65. Seems like there’s a little crap talk a young qb who looked pretty mature to me last year.

    If this guy does throw for 70% with the run game he has, it’s more than likely they make the playoffs.

  66. Green Bay Chokers…coming to an NFL town near you.

    I’ll remind you drunk Choker fans..choking is when you have a huge LEAD in a game and then BLOW it.

    The Vikings NFC champ game losses…they never had a HUGE lead
    And lost. You guys already had your tickets to the Superbowl with a 12 pt lead and 4 min to go. And then……

    CHOKE!!!!!!!!! Biggest choke in history, any sport.

    Nice record chokers.

    BWAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. His goal should to be more aware in in crunch tome situations. , and not be afraid to throw the ball down field more… I understand taking what the defense gives you. Sometimes the defense needs to be challenged especially if they want Peterson to be more effective

  68. Let me help the Packer fans out with the math on this. When Teddy says his goal is a 70 percent completion rate that is like when you have 10 donuts and you eat 7 of them.

  69. sadviking says:
    Aug 25, 2015 11:43 AM
    Everybody is criticizing by saying he can’t throw more that 7 yards at a time. That sounds good, until you realize that 7 yards at a time, with 70 percent accuracy is still first down after first down and moving consistently to the end zone…

    ——-

    By that logic, 2.5 ypc is all you need out of a RB.

  70. Packers have the most titles of any team in NFL history, they play in Titletown, USA. Packers have won 4 SBs, and have been a title contender nearly every year for over two decades. Packers have simply DOMINATED the Queens for the last six years.
    Vikings have… an old and broken RB who once was great, and a QB who can’t throw the ball over five yards without getting picked off. What’s funny is how that one troll with eight accounts brings up choking, that’s right the Queens have lost FOUR SBs and never won anything important. Talk about choking lmao.

  71. I always thought it was points that won games. Not total rushing yards. Not completion percentage. Just once I’d like one of my Vikings make a prediction that this team will outscore their opponents 80% of the time!!

    I guess they know they can’t back that up.

  72. you know who won’t be winning the super bowl this year? Green Bay.

    with Zimmers defense and no Jordy, Bridgewater and the Vikings could beat them in the playoffs. And if Green Bay has to go down to Dallas and play in a shoot-out, they’ll lose. Without Jordy, there’s no way they get past Seattle.

    but please packer fans, keep coming on viking threads and talking about last year. it’s all you’ll have to brag about for a while.

  73. Has Bridgewater ever, and I mean EVER, thrown a pass more than 10 yards downfield since he’s been in the NFL?

    If so, I’ve never seen it.

  74. See Packer fans, goals are GOOOD!
    You can play too. Here’s one you can start with…replace cheese curds with a salad as your appetizer for one meal per week. You might deal with a bout of D-T’s for a while during the process…but much like the epic choke in Seattle…it too will pass.

  75. Maybe set a better goal like beating a winning team for the FIRST TIME! Or you know… Passing the ball further than five yards without getting picked.

  76. Sooo…the trolls tell us Bridgewater has a noodle arm and can’t push the ball down the field so all he does is “check down”. His rookie yard per reception avg is 7.3 yds. How horrible, especially since it’s a whole .9 yds less than Rodgers’ 8.2 yd per career avg. And, compared to Manning’s 7.7, Brady’s 7.4 and Favre’s 7.1 yd per career average, we can see why the trolls say he can’t ever be good. Those are HOF career numbers vs the numbers of a rookie QB that wasn’t even suppose to start last season. On top of that, the trolls also say, he’s too, short, small hands, no arm strength and too black to be a good QB. Just imagine what he could have done with some real NFL experience, an offensive line that wasn’t patch worked together and could give him a couple seconds in the pocket without pressure, his HOF RB behind him, his #1 TE on the field and at least 1 WR that is truly worthy of being considered a #1 WR, or even get open on a regular basis. Even with all that sarcasm, anybody who can say Bridgewater didn’t do a great job last season, is truly clueless. He may never be a superstar or get in the HOF, but he’s off to a great start.

  77. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Aug 25, 2015 1:20 PM
    sadviking says:
    Aug 25, 2015 11:43 AM
    Everybody is criticizing by saying he can’t throw more that 7 yards at a time. That sounds good, until you realize that 7 yards at a time, with 70 percent accuracy is still first down after first down and moving consistently to the end zone…

    ——-

    By that logic, 2.5 ypc is all you need out of a RB.

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    Nope, because teams will regularly punt on 3rd and 3. But, keep watching and someday you’ll understand the game of American Football.

  78. According to ESPN.com
    In 2014 Teddy Bridgewater completed 13 passes thrown to targets more than 20 yards downfield.
    In 2014 Tom Brady completed 12 passes intended for targets more than 20 yards downfield.
    Somebody should tell Belichick that Brady guy can’t throw downfield.
    What a bust.

  79. Ahhhh..Teddy B is feeling spunky right now. But when the season starts he’s gonna get a reality check. He will play a schedule similar to what Derek Carr had last year (AFC West and NFC West). Instead of that cupcake schedule Teddy played last year he will face the Niners/Seahawks/Rams/Cards/Broncos/Chargers/Chiefs as out of division games. Good luck!!

    Besides those teams Carr also played at the Jets/at Patriots/at Cleveland/ Texans/Dolphins/Bills. Combine that with the AFC West and NFC West and you see why GM’s and front office voted Carr would be the first QB taken if his draft was a do over. He had great numbers against a daunting schedule.

  80. whatjusthapped says:
    Aug 25, 2015 8:51 AM

    So let’s see what we have from the Vikings contingent in the prediction department this off season; Peterson says he will rush for 2500 yards, Check Down Teddy is down for a 70% completion rate, and the Viking fans are predicting (for the 54th straight time) a Superbowl win.

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    Just about every person that has had great success, at anything in life, did so because they had lofty goals for themselves. So, I can understand how you don’t know the difference between a goal and a prediction. Peterson has a goal of 2500 yds rushing, he didn’t make a prediction of getting 2500 yds. Bridgewater has a goal of 70% pass completions, not a prediction.

  81. Last 5 games of 2014:

    101-140 – 72% (64.4% for the season)

    1230 yards – 8.78 yards per attempt – a strong number (9,17 per attempt last 4 games)

    With no Adrian Peterson, no star receiver and a below average offensive line

    This year, he has more talent on offense and a year of experience

    Even if he doesn’t hit 70%, 68 or 69 is pretty good, too

    I am curious to see what his performance will be in his third year – when the Vikings will play 8 more games inside – where accuracy numbers are generally better

  82. The average yards per attempt is a very bad stat to measure a guy like this by. Let’s face it, he didn’t do a ton of damage down the field last season. I think anyone can agree with that.

    The reason his average yards per attempt was 7.3, is because he hit a lot of people within 2-5 yards and usually there is more room to run in those scenarios. It’s rare that a pass is thrown to the flats and the player is immediately tackled. They usually tack on 3+ yards on those.

    What I would really like to see is how many of those 7.3 yards per attempt were AFTER the catch. That’s the stat that would be telling.

  83. ben1332 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 2:20 PM
    According to ESPN.com
    In 2014 Teddy Bridgewater completed 13 passes thrown to targets more than 20 yards downfield.
    In 2014 Tom Brady completed 12 passes intended for targets more than 20 yards downfield.
    Somebody should tell Belichick that Brady guy can’t throw downfield.
    What a bust.

    ———–
    You know who does throw a pretty deep ball? Aaron Rodgers.

    In 2014, Aaron Rodgers completed 24 passes thrown to targets more than 20 yards downfield.

    And his completion percentage was a little better than Teddy’s, too, 50% compared to 30%.

  84. Did he go to the RG3 school of referring to himself in the 3rd person???
    ____________

    He’s talking about his teammates, too. this young man is like the polar opposite of RGIII personality-wise. He’s no “me me”.

  85. Barring major injuries to either TB or AP or CJ or the OL I look for the Vikings to be in the top # 5 total offense this year. Add that to a very good defense. = Probably a play-off team with a chance for the Superbowl

  86. Lol, packer fans are so funny!! A young 2nd year QB was asked how he can improve. He simply said, he wants to improve his completion %… Packer trolls now have twisted that into , he is a “me” , “stats” guy… Which is so far from the truth. Fact is, I have been a huge Teddy fan since Louisville! The kid just has “it” figured out! Is he as naturally talented as Rodgers?? Probably not, Rodgers is a once in a generation talent. However, I would take TB over Any other QB not named Brady, Brees, Luck, Rivers or Big Ben, and of course Rodgers…. He is both Mentally, and physically capable of being a stud! Will his game be centered on the deep ball? No, neither is Tom Brady!!! Brady has crafted his success on shorter to medium throws & I would take Tom Brady over any QB in history!! I think Teddy will have a long successful career & think the Vikings are getting deep talent @ almost all the key Positions!! This team will be tough to beat for the next 5 years. The scales are tipping in our favor in the NFCN….. Will be fun to watch!!

  87. gtodriver says:
    Aug 25, 2015 8:18 AM

    Setting high goals is a good thing.

    Other QB’s have done it, so no reason not to set the goal high.

    As mentioned in this story, he hit 64.4% as a rookie, so striving to hit 70% seems to be a good goal.

    BTW – Rodgers is still active and had a 71.4% completion rate in his 3rd season.

    Of course he only threw 28 passes that year… 😀

    In his rookie season he had a 56.3% and in his 2nd season a solid 40.0% for a 3 year average of 59.3.
    ==================================
    Of course, Rodgers numbers mean nothing, considering that he only threw 59 passes in those 3 years, and to scrubs at garbage time.

    A rookie’s first season stats mean zero compared to someone else’s career body of work-and Bridgewater isn’t worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Rodgers or any other elite quarterbacks. He’s proven that he could have a decent rookie season. RGIII did that as well (actually a much better rookie season than Bridgewater)- and he’s fighting for his job now.

  88. He had a 65% completion his rookie year. He’s above 70% in preseason against other teams defensive starters. It’s a stat that’s been accomplished numerous times previously. But….it’s an impossible goal??? Is that what I’m reading here?

  89. ———–
    You know who does throw a pretty deep ball? Aaron Rodgers.

    In 2014, Aaron Rodgers completed 24 passes thrown to targets more than 20 yards downfield.

    And his completion percentage was a little better than Teddy’s, too, 50% compared to 30%.
    ———
    You clearly miss the point. Nobody is calling Rodgers or Brady a check down QB. It’s not about GB or Rodgers.

  90. conormacleod says:
    Aug 25, 2015 4:22 PM

    He had a 65% completion his rookie year. He’s above 70% in preseason against other teams defensive starters. It’s a stat that’s been accomplished numerous times previously. But….it’s an impossible goal??? Is that what I’m reading here?
    ==================================
    Once again, preseason means nothing. Not all defensive starters are in, not all of them are going at regular season game speed, and a lot of them are working on different things and not showing some of their defensive formations, not doing stunts, etc.

    Rivers, Brady, and Manning were all 80% or over in last years’ preseason. They were 66%, 64%, and 66% respectively in the regular season.

  91. There is absolutely no chance that he is actually going to accomplish that goal. But, that being said, this is by far the most realistic goal to come out of Minnesota in a long time. Seriously, the level of delusion around the Vikings franchise, from ownership all the way down to the fans, is unbelievable.

  92. “I have a ton of weapons at my exposure.” what the..? hahahaha. get your cliche right, dummy. it’s disposal, not exposure. so many pro athletes do this and no one calls em on it.

  93. Once again, preseason means nothing. Not all defensive starters are in, not all of them are going at regular season game speed, and a lot of them are working on different things and not showing some of their defensive formations, not doing stunts, etc.
    ——
    And the best running back in the NFL wasn’t behind Teddy. And he also wasn’t there when Teddy had a 65% completion last year. I’m saying, it wouldn’t be a stat that’s never been accompanied before.

  94. RGIII did that as well (actually a much better rookie season than Bridgewater)- and he’s fighting for his job now.
    ——
    Apples to Oranges. RG was/is a running QB that has lost that ability. Teddy is not.

  95. let’s not forget that teddy is working his tail off his first few years while little erin Rogers rode the bench for the first 3 years!

  96. So do Packer fans refer to Favre as “Check Down Favre”? Or Brady? Teddy’s YPR average is higher than both of theirs. I guess we can’t expect logic or consistency to come out of the dairy wasteland…aka Wisconsin.

    If a QB completes 2/3rds of his passes for 7 yards+ that’s 14 yards every 3 downs….that’s a first down on every set of downs and a touchdown for every 10 completions. I’d take that, most would.

  97. Just a mild commentary on a common theme of this thread…. Maybe more of a correction.

    The only people who call him “Checkdown Teddy” are Packer fans. Everyone else calls him a good young QB with a bright future.

    Let the trolls spew their nonsense, Viking faithful. They will have a lot less to say about Teddy and the rest of the team when this season is done.

  98. Admit it. He’s not going through progressions. He’s fearful of showing his true arm strength. You guys see that pass Derek Carr threw to Amani Cooper? Of course you did. And 99% of you thought “Dang, I wish Teddy could do that”. Don’t kid yourself.

    Tedd Checkdown sticks for a reason.

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