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BOZICH | Bridgewater Keeping No. 5, Didn't Want Cleveland

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Teddy Bridgewater said he will keep Number 5 in Minnesota. Teddy Bridgewater said he will keep Number 5 in Minnesota.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Former University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater made a six-minute visit on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday morning and shared several interesting nuggets:

1. Bridgewater did not want to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

2. He doesn't have any explanation for his lackluster performance during Pro Day at U of L March 17.

3. He'll continue wearing Number 5 with the Minnesota Vikings.

4. Vikings coaches have told him that when he shows sufficient mastery of the NFL offense, he'll compete with veterans Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder for the quarterback spot.

Some edited highlights of the Q and A with Patrick:

Was there ever a moment when Bridgewater got down during the pre-draft process, especially after he stirred so much criticism on Pro Day?

BRIDGEWATER: "There was never a moment when I got down because I knew that I was in a special situation. This entire process was a learning process also. So I learned a lot about myself and my character and who I really am.

"There was never a moment where I got down because I knew that it was a once in a lifetime experience so I was just going to make the most of it."

What was Bridgewater thinking as the draft moved toward the end of the first round and he had yet to be selected? (He was taken with the 32nd and final pick in the first round by Minnesota.)

BRIDGEWATER: "I'm thinking that phone better ring sometime. The phone is actually on the table and I'm on Twitter and on Instagram, trying to buy some time."

Did Bridgewater think he might be selected by Cleveland, which made a trade with Philadelphia to select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 22nd pick?

BRIDGEWATER: "There was a chance but I actually told my agent that’s not the place where I wanted to be.

"Throughout this entire process I felt comfortable with the Minnesota Vikings from every visit that I had with the team it was a family environment. The players were a great group of guys so I felt comfortable wanting to play here."

Patrick said he was told that during an interview with the Browns, Bridgewater told Cleveland personnel that he was going to "make everybody pay," for the criticism he had endured over the last two months. Is that accurate?

BRIDGEWATER: "Yes, it’s somewhat accurate. (Vikings coach Mike) Zimmer he loves guys that play with a chip on their shoulder so I’ll just continue to stay within my character but at the same time I know my mindset."

Was it difficult to process and endure all the criticism over the last two months?

BRIDGEWATER: "It’s hard to process but at the same time I feel that I'm built differently. I'm a tough guy mentally and physically. Everything that's been said or being said, I was able to embrace it and continue to move on. Look at me now, I'm a Minnesota Viking."

Is the job open for Bridgewater to compete to start in week one with the Vikings?

BRIDGEWATER: "That’s something that the coaching staff hasn't discussed yet. But I have been told when the coaches feel that I’m comfortable and I show that I’m competing at a high level I'll be in consideration for the starting job."

Does Bridgewater have any explanation at all for what happened during Pro Day?

BRIDGEWATER: "Not at all because I try not to live in the past. I can't fix what happened in the past. But what I can do is learn from it and continue to move forward and try to become a better player. I never go back to the pro day because it's something that I can't control. I can't fix."

What should be he take away from the pro day?

BRIDGEWATER: "Honestly, I can’t even tell you. Pro day is just another day for you to showcase your talents in front of the scouts, coaches, GMs and owners. It’s a pretty big day but I can't tell you how much you value or what you take away from it."

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