During the final weekend of May, NFL rookies were summoned to Los Angeles to take part in the ‘Rookie Premiere’ which included Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Most rookies were happy to be there, taking part in a variety of activities which including posing for trading card photos. But one player who would have preferred to be back in camp was Bridgewater, who recently stated he was ‘bummed’ he missed out on Vikings organized team activities.
“I’m one of those guys who wants to be with his teammates,” Bridgewater said. “I know there will be events like that that come up that I’ll have to attend, but I was pretty bummed that I have to miss practice for two days. But it was great to be back out there [Wednesday].”
Missing the OTA’s allowed Matt Cassel to take first team reps, though, that may have been the case had Bridgewater been in attendance regardless as head coach Mike Zimmer believes the former Louisville star still has plenty to work on.
“He’s still got a long ways to go, but we’re still very, very happy we got him,” Zimmer said. “At some time, he is going to end up getting a chance to play. I don’t know if it’s going to be this year, or next year or what. But as long as he keeps improving every day, we’re happy.”
The days in Los Angeles forced Bridgewater to miss two full OTA days though he seems to already be back in the swing of things as he took part in Wednesday’s team activity.