Vikings Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater Sparks Late Rally To Beat Arizona

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Sunday, August 17th, 2014 | 0


Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is certainly making a strong case to take over the starting job for the team that traded up to pick him in the first round of May’s 2014 NFL Draft.

Playing in his second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals last night (Sat., August 16, 2014), Bridgewater looked nothing less than spectacular after being erratic in his preseason debut last week. The rookie from Louisville completed an alarming 16 of his 20 throws for 177 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to Rodney Smith with only 18 seconds left on the clock.

When veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings shouted, “It’s Teddy’s world!” in reaction to the rookie’s come-from-behind performance, Bridgewater was humble with his response, telling the Associated Press that there he still has much work to be done:

”It’s not. I’m still the young guy here. I still have a lot to prove,” Bridgewater said. “I’m very pleased. I’m just going to continue to try and get better from here.”

New Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was understandably pleased with his rookie’s winning effort in the face of pressure:

”Teddy was calm. He was smart. That whole series was a lot of blitzes.”

Bridgewater continues to make the transition to speed of the NFL, and Vikings incumbent quarterback Matt Cassell is still technically the team’s starter. For his part, Cassell also looked very sharp on Saturday night, leading three scoring drives while favoring popular breakout candidate tight end Kyle Rudolph.

Rudolph caught four balls for 89 cards, including a 51-yard scoring pass from Cassell. The Notre Dame product described his positive outlook surrounding his role in the offense:

”I want to have a big role in this offense, especially in the passing game. For me, it’s why you put in all the work.”

With a shiny new contract in place and a new conditioning regime to aid his cause, Rudolph is poised to produce in new offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s scheme. But with both Cassell and Bridgewater looking impressive, which signal caller will be throwing to him come opening day?

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