Bridgewater, Rudolph looking to build on strong ’15 finish

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Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater helped with Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph’s annual youth camp this week, and Bridgewater and Rudolph planned to get in a workout of their own after at least one of the sessions.

The duo showed improved chemistry late last season, and with high expectations surrounding the Vikings in 2016, they’re focused on being even better.

Per ESPN’s Ben Goessling, 26 of Rudolph’s 49 receptions last season came over the season’s final seven games. Those 26 completions totaled 313 yards and two touchdowns.

Though Goessling wrote that a piece of advice from Vikings coach Mike Zimmer to Bridgewater to “just trust Kyle more” may have sparked their strong finish, Bridgewater said their improved rapport was about more than just looking Rudolph’s way more often.

“Kyle is a big target,” Bridgewater said. “He’s like a quarterback out there; he sees things the same way I see it. When we’re installing, he doesn’t just want to know his job. He wants to know [the job of] all 10 other players on the field. He wants to know the quarterback’s progression, things like that. It’s pretty cool to have a guy like that on the field on my side of the ball.”

Earlier this summer, Rudolph said he considers himself one of the NFL’s best tight ends even though his numbers don’t match those put up by the league’s top pass catchers at the position. This week, he said the extra work is part of making sure he’s ready if more passes keep coming his way.

“Obviously, I’d love to run around and catch balls like I did the second half of the year,” Rudolph said. “But if we’re not winning football games and I’m catching a ton of balls, it doesn’t do us any good. That being said, I do everything I can to make sure when that is my role, I can do it to the best of my ability.

“That’s why Teddy and I spend so much time together outside of practice, because the receivers, that’s what they do. They run around and catch balls, and do it all the time. For us, we have so much other stuff that we have to do, I kind of take that responsibility upon myself to make sure that we put the extra time in, so when that comes up in the game, we can take advantage of it.”

64 responses to “Bridgewater, Rudolph looking to build on strong ’15 finish

  1. He’s a big target, meaning even an inaccurate qb would have a hard time missing him. He’s not a threat to stretch the field so a weak-armed qb wouldn’t have to worry about not being able to throw the ball that far.

    Yep. All-in-all, he’s a perfect match for Teddy. No wonder they have such great chemistry.

  2. I get really tired of know-nothings and naysayers who try to convince everyone that Bridgewater has a weak arm. I’ve watched every game he’s played since he came into the league. I’ve gone to Vikings training camp and have seen him make every throw there is to make. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Bridgewater’s arm. Why don’t you ask his receivers about the strength of that arm? Why don’t you ask Mike Zimmer, who doesn’t sugarcoat anything for anybody, about the strength of that arm? Bridgewater is a young QB who is coming into his own, and he can make all the throws–even the ones downfield. I believe this year the fans are going to be surprised at just how good this kid really is. The Vikes may not win the Super Bowl, but if they can stay healthy it wouldn’t surprise me to see them make a run at it.

  3. To anyone but Viking fan, Bustwater is a less exciting version of Alex Smith.
    Just don’t screw it up at QB is nice if you are dominant in other phases of the game.
    Throwing the ball away to avoid sacks is nice, but when this is a staple play for your QB, the Vikings will not ‘make a run at it’.
    Just ask honest Chiefs fan how they feel in a game where the QB has to ball out and carry the team to a win when other phases aren’t showing up or are neutralized.

  4. Read the article and had a post in mind but can’t stomach the thought of anything that would remotely echo @badbaby’s thoughts and little ari and the rest of the resident Vikes trolls have cured this Giants guy from ever again saying anything positive about MN.

  5. Since when is 3.5 catches/game a “strong finish?” It’s going to be an enjoyable day when the Vikes realize they still don’t have their franchise QB.

  6. Fewer than 18 completions in 11 of the games including playoffs. The Vikings staff need to show trust and let him grow. It was crystal clear in his Rookie campaign and then the foundation that and potential development seemed forgotten when AP returned.

    If they want him to be a Franchise QB they need to turn him loose more. Just as the Steelers and Seahawks l did with young Roethlisberger and Wilson letting them grow each srason as players.

  7. a jag fan posting on a big boys thread, how cute!

    by the way, our little sisters to the east are building on yet another humiliating OT loss in the playoffs!

  8. What strong finish are they referring to? I watched the playoffs and I see to recall a huge momentum swing when Peterson fumbled in the 4th Qtr followed by a chip shot FG from 27 yards drifting wide left.

    That’s not a strong finish, that’s just another sad chapter in the Vikings long and getting weirder by the minute playoff history.

  9. GB Standard Post:
    Noodle arm, tiny hands, check down king, can’t throw past 8 yards, yadda-yadda-yadda.

  10. ariani1985 says:
    Jul 19, 2016 7:22 PM
    a jag fan posting on a big boys thread, how cute!

    by the way, our little sisters to the east are building on yet another humiliating OT loss in the playoffs!

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    Why not. The Jags have won the same number of SBs as the Vikings. What does that tell you?

  11. Baby hand’s need his TE because he will never be able to complete a deep pass. I can’t wait to watch this team struggle this year!

  12. The kid led us to an NFCN Championship, IN LAMBEAU, against one Erin Rodgers, in just his 2nd year.

    In his 2nd year, Rodgers had exactly 0 TDs, exactly 0 yards, and exactly 0 completions. He was on the pine.

    We are thrilled to have a young man with the talent, the motivation, the desire, and the ability to lead us the entire way!

    What a thrill to have a new stadium to shatter records this year,led by Mike Zimmer himself.

    All NFCN challengers are chasing us……the battle is for 2nd.

    What a ride this will be Vikes fans!!!!!!

  13. 3.5 catches per game last season, and Rudolph thinks he had a strong finish last year.

  14. Gbay fans continue to embarrass themselves with the Bridgewater barbs.

    My question to pack fans: If the guy is SOOO bad, how in God’s name did he beat your team, and Lord Rodgers, IN LAMBEAU, for the NFCN crown???

    The mic is dropped, and the packer fans have been muted.

  15. bobnelsonjr says:
    Jul 19, 2016 7:34 PM

    I think there will be a similar story next offseason.

    Things always change once the games start.

    duece5 says:

    That’s what you said last year!!!!!

    HAHA, and we took the division from you-IN Lambeau!!!

  16. duece5 says:
    Jul 19, 2016 8:11 PM

    HAHA, and we took the division from you-IN Lambeau!!!
    ______

    And all you got was that lousy t shirt.

  17. Vikes fan here. If Teddy’s arm doesn’t get stronger, he’ll never be a great QB. He sails most throws over 15 yards that he needs to drive. The tape doesn’t lie. Last year he was very near the bottom of arm strength for starting QBs, if not the weakest.

  18. Man. It’s going to be so glorious to watch the Vikings fold like a cheap suit once again this fall. And yet, EVERY single offseason (or at least 4/5 offseasons), Vikings fans talk smack about how great their team is going to be.

    You’d think they’d learn. GB just get the nice things in life and they don’t. And yet… #AnnualOffseasonPaperChamps

  19. duece5 says:
    Jul 19, 2016 8:09 PM
    Gbay fans continue to embarrass themselves with the Bridgewater barbs. My question to pack fans: If the guy is SOOO bad, how in God’s name did he beat your team, and Lord Rodgers, IN LAMBEAU, for the NFCN crown??? The mic is dropped, and the packer fans have been muted.
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    Not Bridgewater, that’s for sure. A returned fumble for a score and an interception at the end. That’s how.

    The Packers also lost at home to the Bears and the Lions. You’re in their company, not the company of Denver or New England.

    Congratulations. Feel better?

  20. Lord Rodgers LOL! How did he lose the NFC North Crown? It’s going to be the same this year, only difference our noodle arm QB and Slow rookie WR will be North Champs by week 12 clinching over the 2nd place Lions.

  21. One reason to expect improved stats from Rudolf this year is that he shouldn’t have to stay in to chip block on 75% of the plays like he did last year. Getting starters back and some new quality on the O-line is going to mean a lot for Bridgewater, who ran for his life on most pass plays last year, and for Rudolph who can act like a pass catcher instead of a mobile guard.

  22. duece5 says:
    Jul 19, 2016 8:09 PM

    My question to pack fans: If the guy is SOOO bad, how in God’s name did he beat your team, and Lord Rodgers, IN LAMBEAU, for the NFCN crown???

    ___________

    10 completions less than 100 yards passing 0 TDS and 1INT isn’t really putting his stamp on the game. While that may work while AP is hanging around it won’t be for tooong…. just as Lynch with the Seahawks eve tally the QB nerds to step up and since the didn’t let him last year he MUST shoe it this one

  23. Packers fans seem to forget that Bridgewater hit Rudolph for a 47-yard TD, that pass was perfectly thrown, and it was further than 20 yards in the air. So any time you say he can’t be accurate beyond 20 yards, go on Youtube and watch him do it against your team.

  24. whatjusthapped says:
    Jul 19, 2016 7:44 PM

    What strong finish are they referring to? I watched the playoffs and I see to recall a huge momentum swing when Peterson fumbled in the 4th Qtr followed by a chip shot FG from 27 yards drifting wide left.

    That’s not a strong finish, that’s just another sad chapter in the Vikings long and getting weirder by the minute playoff history.
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    Rudolph helped set them up for that FG attempt. It’s unfortunate that Walsh missed a gimme, because there would be a totally different narrative about Bridgewater had they won that game, as they should have.

  25. shaggytoodle says:
    Jul 19, 2016 8:22 PM

    duece5 says:
    Jul 19, 2016 8:11 PM

    HAHA, and we took the division from you-IN Lambeau!!!
    ______

    And all you got was that lousy t shirt.
    ———————————————-

    And you didn’t even get that!!! HAHAHAHA!
    Go back down and be content with your second place finish and try to convince yourself that you somehow went deeper in the playoffs. You LOST the division at home, barely squeaked into the playoffs and had to play an extra game there, just to get to the same number of wins. Yeah, the pack really lit it up. What a joke.

  26. The Packers also lost at home to the Bears and the Lions. You’re in their company, not the company of Denver or New England.

    Congratulations. Feel better?
    ——————————————–

    Wow, you really put everyone in their place with that one!!!!! Think about that one for a little bit and tell us again about your mighty packers!!! HAHAHAHA!!!

  27. I have no idea if Teddy is a glorified game manager or a franchise QB, but this is his 3rd year. For the good QB’s, this is when they take the big step forward. We’ll know in about 6 months what kind of QB he is. Until then, enjoy the Viking and Packer fans trying to out quip one another.

  28. What’s even more embarrassing is the Green Bay Rodgers’s lost the division to a noodle-armed QB and stone-hands TE. Imagine the embarrassment when it happens two years in a row.

    Either way, GB still has to get their onside kicks and hail marys in order to have any kind of shot at anything.

  29. The Packers also lost at home to the Bears and the Lions. You’re in their company, not the company of Denver or New England.

    Congratulations. Feel better?

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷
    Thanks for reminding everyone that the Packers lost every divisional home game last year (and should have been swept by lowly Detroit save for another desperation hail mary).

    Also, one could argue that the Vikes are in the company of the Broncos and the Pats, since all three teams were division champs last season. Nice try though.

    And,yes, you made me feel better.

  30. Only fans who are insecure continue with ridiculous insults like “noodle arm” (such a childish untrue statement) or “zero championships” (I think this has been co ered, right?). So sad. So very sad. Do you guys have a significant other???

  31. Well said “Vikingforlife”. I guess that also goes the other way for all of the purple fans that talk about “Erin Rodgers”, we beat you at Lambeau, etc. Very sad that on these threads there are a bunch of “fans” that can do nothing but make stupid insults.

  32. Plenty of packer trolls commenting on a strong finish.
    They should look at their own team and how they finish, instead of concerning themselves with the Vikings. Last year the packers record from November 1 to January 3 . Or from week 8 until the Vikings went into Lambeau to take the division – their was record was 4-6. Not finishing very well.

  33. And one of those wins in the 4-6 record was the Lions game the refs gave to the pack.

  34. This dynamic duo finished with a whopping 1 reception for 24 yards on their way to hanging all of 9 points up on the Seahawks in the playoffs.

    What a scintillating finish.

  35. Vikings fans and Panthers fans were really annoying last season, so I am hoping the Vikings are bad so I won’t have to see all that #SKOL crap again all over the comment boards. Save it for when you actually win something. They’re still the Vikings, and Teddy Bridgewater is an average QB.

  36. it’s kinda funny when packers fans talk.

    They are arguably the 3rd best team in the North. Not much room for talking.

  37. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jul 19, 2016 6:42 PM
    If you want to catch more passes, don’t drop two wide open touchdowns in the end zone. That would be a good start.

    —-

    No kidding, same with Wallace (last year) and Johnson. Help your QB out for once guys.

  38. All you Packer fans must have absolutely terrible lives and must be down-right depressed if all you continue to spread is negativity. Is it that boring over in Wisconsin in the off-season? Please leave the thread! Thanks!

  39. The perspective of fans is amazing — a Viking fan looks at this Viking article and hates all cheesers because the same commenters make the same lame unoriginal cracks, while cheesers read the outlandish comments from the Viking trolls and lump them in the same pile of curds as all Viking fans. It’s like a nightmarish ride on a purple/green/gold merry-go-round.

    Oh, and if Rudolph wants to build trust, he’d better catch the easy wide open passes in the damn end zone. As to arm strength, give me intelligence and the ability to read defenses any day of the year. Teddy isn’t going to be elite, but he’ll continue to be good enough to beat good teams like the Pack when he needs to.

  40. dwhcic says:
    Jul 19, 2016 8:28 PM

    Vikes fan here. If Teddy’s arm doesn’t get stronger, he’ll never be a great QB. He sails most throws over 15 yards that he needs to drive. The tape doesn’t lie. Last year he was very near the bottom of arm strength for starting QBs, if not the weakest.
    _______

    Where did you see this “arm strength” ranking? Arm strength is not the problem, it’s mechanics. He can make every throw you want him to make when he throws it properly, but the 3/4 side-arm throwing motion is causing the ball to sail. It’s a lot easier to fix mechanics than it is to make your arm stronger and that has been a focus of the offseason for him.

  41. So, it’s our annual “this is Kyle Rudolph’s big year” story again, huh? All right. Am I supposed to get excited? I’ll believe it when I see it.

  42. Yes last year was a strong finish, playing the same team that eviscerated them weeks earlier
    to the wire, and a missed field Goal after playing in -6 F temp. The holder later said he couldn’t even feel his fingers after the game, missed the hold and spun the ball laces out.
    People also for get Minnesota ran the ball at nearly 50% which is FAR more than the average
    in the NFL. Peterson also had the MOST TD’s by a Running back, It all equals out.
    You don’t seem to remember the state of the O line, in spite of having far fewer drop backs Minnesotas QB was hit the most and had a Rookie 5th Round and washed up Vet at receiver.
    But there is no winning an argument with an idiot, they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience….

  43. dirtyhelmet says:
    Jul 19, 2016 10:50 PM

    And you didn’t even get that!!! HAHAHAHA!
    Go back down and be content with your second place finish and try to convince yourself that you somehow went deeper in the playoffs. You LOST the division at home, barely squeaked into the playoffs

    _______________

    GB didn’t “squeak” into the playoffs… they had a playoff birth before week 17 hardly making it as dramatic as you seem to, you don’t need to convince GB they went farther in the playoffs the absolutely did, as evidence of playing 2 post season games instead of one. The NFL also agrees that Packers had a better seas on as GBS draft slot was later than minn.

    Those are just facts.

  44. diveleft says:
    Jul 20, 2016 12:51 AM
    Also, one could argue that the Vikes are in the company of the Broncos and the Pats, since all three teams were division champs last season.
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    Nobody would argue the Vikings are in the company of Denver or New England. The Vikings had their best season in years and Green Bay had their worst in years. Let’s see how that plays out. I’m guessing the prior four year average for each team will surface.

  45. shaggytoodle says:
    Jul 20, 2016 2:17 PM
    dirtyhelmet says:
    Jul 19, 2016 10:50 PM

    And you didn’t even get that!!! HAHAHAHA!
    Go back down and be content with your second place finish and try to convince yourself that you somehow went deeper in the playoffs. You LOST the division at home, barely squeaked into the playoffs

    _______________

    GB didn’t “squeak” into the playoffs… they had a playoff birth before week 17 hardly making it as dramatic as you seem to, you don’t need to convince GB they went farther in the playoffs the absolutely did, as evidence of playing 2 post season games instead of one. The NFL also agrees that Packers had a better seas on as GBS draft slot was later than minn.

    Those are just facts.

    ________________

    That’s right- you played Washington.

    Call me impressed.

  46. bordner says:
    Jul 19, 2016 5:52 PM
    He’s a big target, meaning even an inaccurate qb would have a hard time missing him. He’s not a threat to stretch the field so a weak-armed qb wouldn’t have to worry about not being able to throw the ball that far.

    Yep. All-in-all, he’s a perfect match for Teddy. No wonder they have such great chemistry.
    ——————-
    Dumb comment Braino. Teddy was the most accurate QB in the NFL in 2015.

  47. _______________

    GB didn’t “squeak” into the playoffs… they had a playoff birth before week 17 hardly making it as dramatic as you seem to, you don’t need to convince GB they went farther in the playoffs the absolutely did, as evidence of playing 2 post season games instead of one.
    ———————————————
    Lost in the same round in the playoffs. Played two games because they FINISHED SECOND and had to play a wildcard game. Spin it how you like, those are the facts.

  48. Vikings lost in the wildcard round, to a wildcard team. GB lost in the divisional round to NFCW winners the Cardinals.

    Those are a little more “facty” than your “facts”

  49. aj66shanghai says:
    Jul 21, 2016 10:05 PM
    Vikings lost in the wildcard round, to a wildcard team. GB lost in the divisional round to NFCW winners the Cardinals.

    Those are a little more “facty” than your “facts”

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    You do realize that the wildcard team the vikings lost to was the Seattle, right? You know, (at the time) the reining NFC champs. The team that absolutely no other team wanted to play in the playoffs.

    You must also remember that the vikings were a missed 27 yard field goal away from beating Seattle and making it to the divisional round, right?

  50. From November 1st until the last game which the packers lost to the Vikings. The packers record was 4-6 (one of their victories was the game the refs gave to them in Detroit). But they are on here talking about a strong finish with Rudolph. Look at your own team. It is out of hand these trolls.

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