LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – I expected the Minnesota Vikings to say they got a steal when they were able to draft former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd and final pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. Bridgewater should have been a top 12 pick, no worse than the second quarterback selected.
Saying you love your guy is expected. It's what teams do.
But the Vikings are about to show how much they love their guy.
Word from Minnesota is that Bridgewater will get his share of snaps with the first-team offense Friday night when the Vikings open exhibition play against the Oakland Raiders.
Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune asked Vikings' coach Mike Zimmer what the team wanted to see from Bridgewater in his first pro game (in this story).
Said Zimmer, “How he handles the game situations. When the lights come on, it will be a different deal.
“It will be good for him and how he reacts to seeing different defenses he hasn't seen very much of, how he has to adjust to the blitz, get the ball out, make the right calls. How he plays under pressure. I anticipate he's going to play very well.”
The story said that Bridgewater is in position to unseat veteran Matt Cassel as the Vikings' starters – and that he is surrounded by a solid group of veteran players, like running back Adrian Peterson.
I haven't changed my stance. Bridgewater's accuracy, toughness and selfless will translate into NFL success. His silly drop to the 32nd pick will only sharpen his edge.