Teammates impressed with Teddy Bridgewater in first day back

AP

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer did his best to keep the expectations in check.

His players felt no such compulsion after watching quarterback Teddy Bridgewater practice for the first time in 14 months.

Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Bridgewater’s teammates were effusive in their praise of the former (and possibly near future) starter.

I thought he looked like Joe Montana,’’ tight end Kyle Rudolph said. “He was excited. He was smiling, bringing energy to practice.’’

“He looked good,’’ running back Jerick McKinnon said. “Just to see him go through that whole stage, the process of rehabbing, working through the kinks, and to come out here the first day and just be him and do him is something remarkable to see.’’

Bridgewater hadn’t practiced since blowing out his left knee on Aug. 30, 2016, but according to backup quarterback Kyle Sloter, Bridgewater was getting some reps in practice with the first team.

“It looks like they’re trying to get him ready to play,” Sloter said. “Case [Keenum] is the guy right now, he’s been playing well, . . .But I thought [Bridgewater] looked great.’’

With Sam Bradford out with a knee injury, Keenum is in charge for the moment. But if the progress from Bridgewater continues at this pace, it’ll be hard for the Vikings to hold him back.

44 responses to “Teammates impressed with Teddy Bridgewater in first day back

  1. Right now, case is the qb. If he keeps playing well and the Vikes continue to win, Teddy won’t see the field this year. However, if Keenum starts to struggle, they will go to Teddy.

  2. Anybody who actually thinks Bridgewater is going to make some kind of comeback is delusional. Comeback to what? Being an average QB?? Kyle Rudolph shouldn’t speak sometimes. I’m not saying Case is the next Tom Brady but it would be pretty ugly if they just went ahead and plugged Teddy into the starting spot just because he’s some kind of “feel good” story or simply because we drafted him. Barf.

  3. That’s great news! If Teddy’s knee really is 100% healthy, it’s going to be harder and harder for Zim not to play him.

  4. And the 125 million dollar man retires at age 30. What might have been, for Bradford.

    I know people will diss him and all but he will have knee pain forever. Walk away before it becomes limp away, if it’s not that already.

  5. stellarperformance says:

    Joe Montana. Right. No delusion there.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Bridgewater is a lot closer to Montana than Hundley is to Rodgers. What was that in the Packer thread yesterday about the “same skill set”???

  6. The Joe Montana comment is a joke unfortunately, most of the Viking fans are ready to accept it as a legit assessment. That’s what 56 straight years of not winning a championship will do to you, induce delusions of grandeur to the point where a 14 TD a season QB is seen as the saviour.

  7. Glad just to hear of him walking again. Google that injury and see how severe that is. Good luck Teddy!

  8. “I thought he looked like Joe Montana,’’ tight end Kyle Rudolph said.

    Really…have you ever even watched Joe play?

  9. Joe Montana. Right. No delusion there.

    **************************************************************************

    I think a bit of hyperbole is expected and accepted concerning the circumstances.

  10. Maybe he’s a starter again one day or maybe not, but at least he’s getting his chance. After that injury, it’s all that TB could hope for. Good luck kid, keep working like you have been.

  11. So the guy exaggerated a bit!!! Big f’n deal. Kudos to Bridgewater for making it through rehab and potentially coming back. I hope he comes back full strength. Who cares if he looked like Joe Montana or not, I understood the reference Kyle Rudolph…

  12. This story and it’s comments show me that Packer fans no matter how much they whine about Vikings fans trolling them are nothing but HYPOCRITES!
    I saw a full 3/4 of the Rodgers Surgery post was of Vikings fans wishing for best wishes.

  13. Go Teddy, You have to know that Teddy has had Films, notes, the new offense given to him to study for nearly a year! He is more ready than he has ever been. Plus he fits in this offense
    better than Turners.
    You can tell, this is your team and the players just told us.

  14. stellarperformance says:
    October 19, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Joe Montana. Right. No delusion there.
    _________

    You guys have been telling us for three years that Brett Hundley is the next Bart Starr, so I wonder who is more delusional?

  15. whatjusthapped says:
    October 19, 2017 at 8:46 am

    The Joe Montana comment is a joke unfortunately, most of the Viking fans are ready to accept it as a legit assessment.
    _________

    And yet it’s only Packer fans who are taking it literally while all Viking fans have recognized it as a joke. It’s almost as if you’re only hear to troll.

  16. stellarperformance says:
    October 19, 2017 at 8:13 am
    Joe Montana. Right. No delusion there.

    whatjusthapped says:
    October 19, 2017 at 8:46 am

    The Joe Montana comment is a joke unfortunately, most of the Viking fans are ready to accept it as a legit assessment.

    ***

    Most of everyone knew it was a joke, but leave it to Packer fans to take the liberty to read a Viking article and make sure that everyone knows that A.) Bridgewater isn’t Montana and B.) Vikings fans are delusional.

    I’m surprised you haven’t mentioned anything about us delusional VIkings fans thinking Bridgewater is a first ballot HOF yet based off Wednesdays practice.

  17. Remember just a few days ago when Packer fans were bawling about Vikings fans trolling?
    Especially when the vast majority of the Rodgers comments from Vikings fans were wishing him a speedy and full recovery. It is going to be very very enjoyable to watch a bit of humble pie fed to Packer fans this year.
    Play with that brace and learn how to navigate the pocket from Keenum . I still think if the Vikings don’t keep Keenum and PAY him with a long contract they are nuts. He just keeps getting a little better each game.

  18. ldbeachtecorion61 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 10:53 am
    Remember just a few days ago when Packer fans were bawling about Vikings fans trolling?
    Especially when the vast majority of the Rodgers comments from Vikings fans were wishing him a speedy and full recovery. It is going to be very very enjoyable to watch a bit of humble pie fed to Packer fans this year.
    Play with that brace and learn how to navigate the pocket from Keenum . I still think if the Vikings don’t keep Keenum and PAY him with a long contract they are nuts. He just keeps getting a little better each game.
    ___________________________

    IMHO, other than the Pittsburgh game in which Keenum didn’t know he was going to start until right before the game, I thought the Packer game was his worse game of the year. His missed on quite a few throws as he had receivers running wide open through a very pourous secondary all day. He won’t have that luxury against the Ravens, so will need to play much better this week if Vikings are going to win.

    But that’s always been the knock on Keenum, hasn’t it? He’ll play great one game (Bucs, Bears) and not very well the next. Hopefully, we’ll get the “good Keenum” on Sunday.

  19. gtodriver says:
    October 19, 2017 at 8:39 am
    stellarperformance says:

    Joe Montana. Right. No delusion there.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Bridgewater is a lot closer to Montana than Hundley is to Rodgers. What was that in the Packer thread yesterday about the “same skill set”???
    ———————————
    And you can tell this, why?
    After watching Brett Hundley play 3 quarters of a football game in which he had no time to practice or prepare for?

    I’ve had the privilege of watching Teddy Bridgewater play over 2 full seasons and I can tell you this, he’s a lot closer to Hannah than Joe Montana!
    skoLOL!

  20. @ldbeachtecorion61 I hope you are correct on Case, and I do see improvement, as well as hope they sign him to an extension to be the backup QB.

    My worries are that while he is a good caretaker of the offense, he isn’t a guy that will win us a game and/or put together the drives necessary at the end of a game to close out a win or grab victory from what could be a defeat.

  21. thetundraturf says:
    October 19, 2017 at 8:27 am
    @stellarperformance
    Way to take everything 100% literal. Rudolph was not being completely serious about him looking like Joe Montana.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    Oh, I figured as much. My response was a joke too.

  22. The Packer trolls think Teddy was going to be a game manager his whole career. Hilarious.
    The offense was built around AP and Teddy as a young QB wasn’t asked to do much other than make a few plays and not turn the ball over. Teddy never had a good pass blocking O line but he played well under pressure and he definitely didn’t have the weapons the Vikings have now.
    Last year it was going to be Teddy’s team and they were going to open up the offense. Everyone saw a glimpse of it in the preseason game when Teddy destroyed the Chargers in the first half. 2 days later it was over and here we are today.
    When Teddy comes back all those trolls will eat those words.

  23. I’ve had the privilege of watching Teddy Bridgewater play over 2 full seasons and I can tell you this, he’s a lot closer to Hannah than Joe Montana!
    skoLOL!
    #################################################################################
    Hundley, is the name of a Southern Civil War man powered Submarine that sank 3 times before they gave up on it! Sounds about right
    You Packer pukes are really something! I am going to have a great time this season watching the Packers fail. While blaming The Vikings (As always there are excuses it is never your fault) because your Coaching staff didn’t have Hundley ready..
    Then next season will be fun watching Rodgers try to throw 20 yards downfield on his Tony Romo/Andrew Luck shoulder. Rodgers is done! He might play again but he is DONE!
    And it couldn’t come to a better fan base.

  24. Good to see him back practicing. Hope he can get back up to speed soon, he’s just one injury away from starting. I think that’s what it would take, but at least well have some QB competition next year. I still think they need to look seriously at drafting a QB if one they like falls to them.

  25. wafflestomp says:

    After watching Brett Hundley play 3 quarters of a football game in which he had no time to practice or prepare for?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    No, I can tell this by the comments of his coach and Packer fans. They’ve been regaling us on how Hundley is better than any other starter in the NFC North, yet when asked to actually show it in an NFL game that means something – he’s fell flat on his face.

    McCarthy clearly stated that he’s been grooming Hundley for three years. Is one more week going to make any difference?

    No need to answer – we already know.

  26. I’ve been reading PFT for 13 years. The Vikings/Packers trolling is 2nd only to the whining from the Patriot fans vs. they’re cheaters.

    You know what two people arguing from far away looks like? Two people arguing. Point is, for those who don’t get it, doesn’t matter who is right or wrong to 99.99% of us.

  27. Well, Hundley already sounds like a great guy and it’s obvious that he’s well liked by his teammates.
    Now if he can just manage to throw about 12 or 13 TD passes by the end of the season I guess he’ll be considered a certified, invaluable Franchise QB.
    At least, as far as the Barneys consider one.

  28. Stats are for chumps.

    Wins are what matters.

    Would you rather have him throw 20 TDs and the team goes 3-5?
    or
    Have him throw zero TDs and the team goes 5-3?

    Champions win, losers look at stats.

  29. gtodriver says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:35 pm
    No, I can tell this by the comments of his coach and Packer fans. They’ve been regaling us on how Hundley is better than any other starter in the NFC North, yet when asked to actually show it in an NFL game that means something – he’s fell flat on his face. McCarthy clearly stated that he’s been grooming Hundley for three years. Is one more week going to make any difference? No need to answer – we already know.
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Yeah, you already know. That’s because you’re so smart. Rodgers went 8-15 for 63 yards, one INT, and a QBR of 36.8 the first time he came in for Favre. What happened after that? Did Rodgers improve? Ya think?

  30. purplepackerhater says:
    October 19, 2017 at 2:22 pm
    Stats are for chumps.

    Wins are what matters.

    Would you rather have him throw 20 TDs and the team goes 3-5?
    or
    Have him throw zero TDs and the team goes 5-3?

    Champions win, losers look at stats.
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    Champions already. That didn’t take long, unless you’re referring to your “SuperBowl” victory this past Sunday?

  31. says:
    October 19, 2017 at 2:22 pm
    Stats are for chumps.

    Wins are what matters.

    Champions win, losers look at stats.
    ——————————-
    I seriously hope the irony of your statements aren’t lost on you.
    skoLOL!!!

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