Teddy Bridgewater is “excited” after his preseason debut

AP

He didn’t say it 45 times (like a certain former Jets quarterback once did), but Teddy Bridgewater repeatedly made his feelings clear after Friday night’s preseason debut.

“It was just a great experience for me and I am just excited,” Bridgewater told reporters after the 17-0 win over the Falcons. “That was the biggest takeaway from today. I am just very excited.”

Bridgewater completed seven of eight passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in two drives on Friday night. It was his first extended game action since the unofficial opening of the new Vikings stadium two years ago, when Bridgewater’s performance against the Chargers left the team and observers believing that he was poised to become a franchise quarterback. Two days later, a fluke, non-contact knee dislocation ended his season and derailed his career.

“I felt great,” Bridgewater said after Friday night’s game. “That was an awesome feeling. I was at peace out there, and I was just so excited. Glad to be out there with the guys. You can look in those guys’ eyes and feed off those guys’ energy. That’s what makes this team so special. It’s a group of guys who are passionate about what we’re doing. To be out there with those guys just added fuel to my fire and made me more passionate about this game.”

Bridgewater had no anxiety as he prepared to do something more than take a few courtesy snaps (like he did during garbage time of a blowout win over the Bengals last season, his final campaign with the Vikings).

“I wasn’t anxious at all,” Bridgewater said. “I wasn’t nervous. I trusted everything that took place prior to tonight. Whether it was the sessions in the training room with . . . or in the film room . . . to my nutrition . . . and the strength and conditioning guys. . . . Just trust the process and when that moment finally presents itself, you are ready for it and tonight I was ready. I wasn’t nervous. I was actually anxious to get hit if anything, because I wanted to get hit. It was a great day. I was glad to be out there and just excited about this team and looking forward to continue to move forward.”

So what happened when he got hit?

“It felt good,” he said. “It felt good getting hit again. You never want the quarterback getting hit, but for me it was the final step of the process. Got hit, got right back up and it just served as a reminder that the game is still the same. It’s still a physical game and the hits still feel the same.”

Bridgewater, in many respects, still looked the same. Which makes him a candidate either to be a factor on his team’s depth chart, or to become the last-minute arrival for a new team, if another quarterback has the kind of injury Bridgewater suffered in the final countdown to the new regular season.

37 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater is “excited” after his preseason debut

  1. I’ve rewatched a lot 2014 games, and almost every announcer says something like “The Vikings feel that they have their QB of the future…” Stinks how it played out, but I’m glad to see him playing at an NFL level.

  2. The Jets are in a tough spot. Darnold looked great, He should be the starter. They need McCown, so where does that leave Bridgewater. They can’t carry 3 QB’s.

  3. Excited to be unemployed soon…

    I’m willing to wager that is not going to happen.

    He may not be an unqualified starter, but he’s a lot better then a lot of clipboard carriers currently serving as backups.

  4. Teddy put on a very good display of QB play. The Jets should be happy – their $5 mil gamble that he stills has it looks to be paying off.

    Either Teddy makes the roster or he’ll be traded to a team that needs a better option for a backup that can actually perfprm at an NFL level.

  5. I’m a Vikings fan, and I always liked watching Teddy play. He’s a class act, he’s worked hard to rehab his knee, and I wish him the best. It would be great to see him get a chance to start for a decent team.

  6. Teddy looked great! Hope he is the week one starter and his knee is healthy. Quality Human that I will cheer for no matter what team colors he wears!

    Jets fans – I apologize for the packer trolls invading your teams thread they are so obsessed with our squad and how it is run they even troll our former players.

  7. Teddy is all class, and I am glad to see him playing again. I wish he was still a Viking. Hopefully he gets moved to a team where he has a legitimate shot at playing.

  8. I didn’t get to see it, but I’m stoked to hear Teddy had a decent outing. I don’t think his future is in New York with Darnold being picked so high, but the Jets might have a good trade chip to work with if he can flash in a couple more preseason games.

  9. I’ll never understand this bizarre myth about Teddy Bridgewater.
    He was a good kid (In a league with hundreds of good kids) who possessed a weak arm and suspect QB skills.

    In two seasons in Minnesota, he managed to lead the Vikings to the 27th ranked Offense in 2014, 28th in Passing.
    And he followed that up with the 29th ranked Offense that was 31st in Passing.
    These kind of stats are ridiculous, especially for a team that’s so stacked offensively, or at least that’s what we’ve been told.

    The Barneys also like to weave grandiose tales of how Teddy went into Lambeau at the end of the 2015 season and out dueled Aaron Rodgers for the NFC North title.
    Another false narrative.
    In reality, Bridgewater passed for 99 yds, 0 Tds, 1 Int. and relied on a stingy, opportunistic defense/special teams to get them the win.

    I’ll never understand it, outside of their simplistic knowledge of football, but calling Teddy Bridgewater mediocre is a serious insult to mediocrity.

  10. who doesnt love themselves some teddy bridgewater? it’s a miracle he’s even on the field again after that gruesome injury. hope the kid lights it up this year.

  11. teddy smallhands will be umemployed soon. or rip his brittle wittle knee again.

    GO STEELERS!!! HOORAH!!!

  12. wafflestomp says:
    August 11, 2018 at 11:03 am

    I’ll never understand it, outside of their simplistic knowledge of football, but calling Teddy Bridgewater mediocre is a serious insult to mediocrity.
    ———————————————

    17-11 at 23 yrs old after being thrown to the wolves as a rookie are the stats that you need to know genius. Plus a yippy head case kicker cost him a playoff win that he put the Vikings in a position to win. As a Packer you’ll take a loss happily as long as Erin throws for 300 yds and 3 touchdowns. You obviously don’t know much about football if you think today’s Vikings offense is anything close to what it was then.

  13. wafflestomp says:
    August 11, 2018 at 11:03 am
    I’ll never understand this bizarre myth about Teddy Bridgewater.
    He was a good kid (In a league with hundreds of good kids) who possessed a weak arm and suspect QB skills.

    In two seasons in Minnesota, he managed to lead the Vikings to the 27th ranked Offense in 2014, 28th in Passing.
    And he followed that up with the 29th ranked Offense that was 31st in Passing.
    These kind of stats are ridiculous, especially for a team that’s so stacked offensively, or at least that’s what we’ve been told.

    The Barneys also like to weave grandiose tales of how Teddy went into Lambeau at the end of the 2015 season and out dueled Aaron Rodgers for the NFC North title.
    Another false narrative.
    In reality, Bridgewater passed for 99 yds, 0 Tds, 1 Int. and relied on a stingy, opportunistic defense/special teams to get them the win.

    I’ll never understand it, outside of their simplistic knowledge of football, but calling Teddy Bridgewater mediocre is a serious insult to mediocrity.
    ————-
    All of this from a guy who thinks Hundley is great with an 81.8 passer rating in a preseason game?

  14. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    August 11, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    All of this from a guy who thinks Hundley is great with an 81.8 passer rating in a preseason game?
    ___________________

    No, I’ve never said that in my life.
    The funny thing is, your fan base ripped Brett Hundley mercilessly, telling us just how God awful he was (And who are we kidding, he was!) yet statistically, he was basically on par with Teddy Bridgewater after his first 9 games.
    The obvious difference is, Teddy is a legendary starter in Barneyland, while fans in Green Bay realize we need wholesale changes in Hundley’s game or a complete upgrade at the backup QB position altogether.

    And as for Barney fans that are dumb enough to wave his won/loss record as proof that Bridgewater is some kind of successful starter in this league, that’s complete slap in the face to your defense and special teams that allowed you to still compete in so many of those games.
    Unless you seriously believe that having the 31st passing offense, and a lifetime QB rating 86.3 as a good thing for a team.

  15. wafflestomp says:
    August 11, 2018 at 11:03 am
    I’ll never understand this bizarre myth about Teddy Bridgewater.
    He was a good kid (In a league with hundreds of good kids) who possessed a weak arm and suspect QB skills.

    In two seasons in Minnesota, he managed to lead the Vikings to the 27th ranked Offense in 2014, 28th in Passing.
    And he followed that up with the 29th ranked Offense that was 31st in Passing.
    These kind of stats are ridiculous, especially for a team that’s so stacked offensively, or at least that’s what we’ve been told.

    The Barneys also like to weave grandiose tales of how Teddy went into Lambeau at the end of the 2015 season and out dueled Aaron Rodgers for the NFC North title.
    Another false narrative.
    In reality, Bridgewater passed for 99 yds, 0 Tds, 1 Int. and relied on a stingy, opportunistic defense/special teams to get them the win.

    I’ll never understand it, outside of their simplistic knowledge of football, but calling Teddy Bridgewater mediocre is a serious insult to mediocrity.

    ———-

    If your team is looking for a QB with an upside of around 0.8-TD per game….then Teddy is definitely your guy

  16. filthymcnasty3 says:
    August 11, 2018 at 9:17 am
    He’s obviously relieved to be rid of that unhealthy MN lifestyle.

    /////////////////

    What a horrible person you are. A husband , father and son passed away. But let’s troll his death. Climb back in your hole. Typical packer fan.

  17. I think the Vikings let the 3 QB’s from last year go for 1 that’s not as good as any of them. Go ahead and laugh at that however you won’t be laughing at seasons end. It’s very possible Minnesota will go from first to worst in the division.

  18. greymares says:
    August 11, 2018 at 2:55 pm
    I think the Vikings let the 3 QB’s from last year go for 1 that’s not as good as any of them. Go ahead and laugh at that however you won’t be laughing at seasons end. It’s very possible Minnesota will go from first to worst in the division.
    __________________

    Well, to be fair, they didn’t necessarily let any of them go.
    Their GM didn’t have enough foresight to have a single QB signed for the 2018 season.
    Since the team had no leverage with any of them they were forced to scramble around and overpay at the position once again.
    At least this time it wasn’t in draft picks.

  19. wafflestomp says:

    The funny thing is, your fan base ripped Brett Hundley mercilessly, telling us just how God awful he was (And who are we kidding, he was!) yet statistically, he was basically on par with Teddy Bridgewater after his first 9 games.
    ####

    Teddy was 6 – 6 as a starter with 14 TD’s and 12 INT’s and averaged 225 yards per game in his rookie season.

    Hundley, after 3 full years in the Packer offense, went 3 – 6 with 9 TD’s and 12 INT’s and averaged 167 yards per game.

    Only a Packer troll would claim that Hundley was on par with Bridgewater.

    Teddy wasn’t a splashy “me first” player like Rodgers – worried about personal stats. All he cared about was helping his team with games. A career 27 – 11 W/L record speaks volumes.

  20. gtodriver says:
    August 11, 2018 at 4:25 pm
    wafflestomp says:

    The funny thing is, your fan base ripped Brett Hundley mercilessly, telling us just how God awful he was (And who are we kidding, he was!) yet statistically, he was basically on par with Teddy Bridgewater after his first 9 games.
    ####

    Teddy was 6 – 6 as a starter with 14 TD’s and 12 INT’s and averaged 225 yards per game in his rookie season.

    Hundley, after 3 full years in the Packer offense, went 3 – 6 with 9 TD’s and 12 INT’s and averaged 167 yards per game.

    Only a Packer troll would claim that Hundley was on par with Bridgewater.
    _____________

    Though this shouldn’t have to be stated, you’re comparing Bridgewater with Hundley even though Bridgewater had three more starts.
    Try comparing them through their first nine games, or better yet, don’t, and just chalk it up to neither of them being very impressive.
    Because, trust me, they’re not!!!
    Apparently just about anyone who doesn’t wear purple can see this as plain as day.

    But Hey, keep clinging to that won/loss record, and ignoring who and what was really responsible for it.
    Ignore his incredibly weak arm, his terrible QB. rating and that 31st NFL ranking, when any other normal, reasonable football fan can see exactly how sub par he really was.

  21. Waffles

    Though this shouldn’t have to be stated, Teddy was a rookie. Hundley had years in the Packer offense.

    Despite the fact Teddy started 3 more games, Hundley had the same number of Int’s.

    Passing yards per game is an average. Theoretically, a QB with more time in an offense should perform better in that category.

    Hundley would have had another start except for the Packers failed attempt to start Rodgers. The 3 int’s that Rodgers had against the Panthers would probably have been 4 or more with Hundley tossing the rock.

    Teddy has had and will most likely continue to have a much better NFL career than Hundley.

  22. Another scenario…Case Keenum completely tanks in the preseason, prompting John Elway to trade for Teddy before Week 1…

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