On Friday evening the Minnesota Vikings will open their preseason against the Oakland Raiders. You can expect to see a lot of the typical roster shuffling that comes with the opening week of the preseason, but there is one familiar face you’ll see on the field quite often.
For weeks the Minnesota Vikings have been hinting that Teddy Bridgewater could see some time with the first team in a game scenario and apparently Friday will be that day. According to head coach Mike Zimmer, the team plans to give Teddy Bridgewater a solid amount of playing time, some of which will come with the first team.
“Teddy will get some reps with the first team, yes,” Zimmer said after the morning walkthrough.
Yesterday, Zimmer said that Bridgewater would get a significant amount of playing time against the Raiders and offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he needed to see Bridgewater with the first-string offensive line at some point. Now we know the first glimpse will definitely be Friday.
Neither Zimmer nor Turner would commit to starting Teddy Bridgewater, so it’s likely (and understandable) that Matt Cassell will be given the ‘starting” nod when things kick off. Still, given what we’ve seen from the Vikings during the past month or so it seems as if they’re doing everything they can to put Bridgewater in position to win the gig.
Unhappy as Matt Cassell may be over that, Teddy Bridgewater is Minnesota’s quarterback of the future and if looks ready to handle the job, the coaching staff certainly isn’t going to step in his way.