The Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been turning some heads in practices so far. And one of those he is impressing would be new offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
— Access Vikings (@AccessVikings) June 18, 2014
Under Turner’s offense, the objective is to groom Bridgewater into an eventual starter for the team. According to Turner, who evaluated all of the rookie quarterback options going into the draft, he believes that Bridgewater has the makings of a quality starting quarterback.
Turner had this to say, thus far regarding Bridgewater’s progress, via Fox Sports..
One of the things that has been the most impressive to me is, I knew he’d be very accurate, I knew he’d make great decisions, quick decisions, but he’s been outstanding throwing the ball deep, which some people thought that was going to be an issue. I think in the six or eight weeks we’ve had him on the field, I think he’s been put in a position where he’s had to make most of the throws he would have to make and I think he can make all the throws he needs to make.
In his last season, Bridgewater averaged 9.3 yards per attempt, which tied for eighth in the nation. He completed the season finishing second in the nation with a 71 percent completion rate, throwing 31 touchdowns and only four interceptions. These statistics can’t help but give Bridgewater a boost in the upcoming quarterback battle against Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder during training camp.
Turner had further praise for his rookie…
It’s always fun with a younger player that it’s all new to them, they’ve got the big eyes. Teddy is so great to be around that it’s easy. As coach (Mike) Zimmer has said, he knows how to work. He’s very instinctive. He’s a very natural player.
Most people would likely concur that it won’t take too long before we see Bridewater in the starting role for the Vikings in 2014.
Putting the NFL on notice, Teddy Bridgewater will start week 1 vs the Rams #RookieoftheYear
— Peter Parker (@PPE5217) June 24, 2014