In February, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said that he wanted to see quarterback Teddy Bridgewater “letting it loose a little more” during his third season at the helm of the team’s offense.
We haven’t yet moved into that season, but Bridgewater appears to be making good on that request during the team’s OTAs. Coach Mike Zimmer used similar phrasing while discussing what he’s seen from Bridgewater this offseason, which might be a result of Bridgewater growing through the experience he’s gained thus far in his career.
“You know [Monday] he had a really good day,” Zimmer said, via the team’s website. “He threw the ball really, really well, and I thought he threw the ball well today, too. He just seems to be cutting it loose a little bit more. You know he sees it, and he lets it go. He’s shown some really nice deep balls. He seems like he’s, I guess, matured and he’s more comfortable in everything that he does.”
The Vikings got Bridgewater a new receiver in Laquon Treadwell in the first round and they invested in their offensive line to give Bridgewater more support in the coming year. If the comfort and maturity Zimmer observed persists when other teams are actually trying to stop the Vikings offense, it should bode well for the chances of another playoff run in Minnesota.