Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings
|QB - #31||151.95||MIN||Active||1 year||21||6' 2||214|
2014 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)Last updated on Jul-29-2014 by Rob Warner
DYNASTY STAR: For the second straight year, the Vikings traded back into Round 1 to upgrade the offense around the best RB in the league. Last year they nabbed WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson at No. 29 and this season they traded two picks (40th and 108th overall) to secure their QB of the future-- Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater-- with the last pick of the first round. His slight frame is concerning (6-foot-2, 214), but he never missed a game at Louisville despite multiple injuries. Most label him as the most pro-ready prospect in this class. The three-year starter went 27-8, completing 68-percent of his passes for 9,817 yards (8 YPA) and a 3:1 TD-to-INT ratio (72 to 24). His speed is adequate (4.8 forty), but Bridgewater prefers to stay in the pocket and pick defenses apart with his precision and ability to go through progressions. His deep arm needs some work, but with AP in the backfield, Minnesota will be looking to concentrate on an intermediate passing game that keeps defenses honest. The Florida native will need to adjust to Arctic conditions as the Vikings will be playing the next two home seasons outside at the University of Minnesota while a new dome is constructed (opens in 2016). Bridgewater is an underrated QB2 in redraft leagues and should be considered after the top half of the QBs are selected. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner has worked wonders in the past; and with defenses focused on stopping AP, Bridgewater should face favorable 1-on-1 coverage where Patterson, Greg Jennings and Rudolph can excel.
Editor's note: Bridgewater is a second round pick in dynasty rookie drafts and arguably has the safest potential of any QB in his class. In a recent Fantasy Football World Championship Draft-N-Go, he was selected in Round 13 as the 28th QB off the board. By 2015, the former Louisville Cardinal should be in cruise control as the Vikings' starter with Cassel either long gone or drawing doodles on a clipboard.
Matt Cassel was the Vikings' No. 1 quarterback when training camp opened. Yesterday, just four days later, Cassel began splitting first-team reps in practice with rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Today, Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, who once considered Cassel starting in Week 1 to be a "slam dunk", is rethinking his position. Scoggins wrote Thursday that he "won't be surprised if Bridgewater is the starter in Week 1." Scoggins added that Vikings coaches have confidence in Bridgewater and would gladly hand him the reins if he earns the job during the preseason.
"Bridgewater threw two interceptions in practice Thursday, but I like the fact that he's not hesitant when he drops back," Scoggins wrote. "He gets the ball out quickly and has good arm strength. He doesn't look overwhelmed running the first-team offense when he gets the opportunity."
It sounds like the coaches in Minnesota are really pushing for Bridgewater to be their opening-day starter, much like what is happening in Cleveland with Brian Hoyer. Bridgewater's dynasty appeal is undeniable. But in re-draft leagues, a low-end QB2 will be taking the first snaps of the season for this team, no matter if that's Bridgewater or Cassel. As I've said before, either QB has my full support as long as he can connect with Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph at a steady rate and keep defenses from sending nine guys to stop Adrian Peterson.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/31 - Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater continues climb toward starting job
7/28 - RB Adrian Peterson says Vikings' offense won't be as predictable
7/27 - Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater already getting first-team reps
7/27 - Vikings ink TE Kyle Rudolph to 5-year, $36.5 million extension
7/21 - Vikings QB Matt Cassel is likely starter
7/19 - Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph 'should have a big year'
7/9 - Vikings OC Norv Turner: QB Teddy Bridgewater 'is a lot further along than I expected him to be'
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