The Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Tuner couldn’t be happier with his quarterback situation. He’s got two quarterbacks that have won 10 games and taken their teams to the playoff, he said. Then he’s got a rising star in Teddy Bridgewater that the Vikings traded to get on draft day.
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“I think he probably should’ve gone in the first 10 picks,” Turner said, via Vikings.com. “He probably should’ve gone in the first half of the first round, and then we’re sitting there with the opportunity to get him when we did, it was a bonus to me.”
If Bridgewater turns out to have the top 10 talent that Turner’s boasting about, then he may in fact receive a bonus. He may receive the check for a head coaching position somewhere else, too. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Bridgewater is still a third-stringer. Although, teams don’t draft a quarterback at 31 overall and keep him at third on their depth chart. Bridgewater will get the opportunity to start this year or next. He needs to prove that his pro day performance was an fluke and affirm the accuracy he displayed during his junior year where he racked up 3,970 yards and 31 touchdowns on a 71 percent completion rate.
However, understanding his role as a rookie, buried beneath veterans, Bridgwater won’t even talk about the team’s starting quarterback position.
“That’s something I don’t feel comfortable talking about,” Bridgewater said in July. “I’m just looking forward to training camp. Can’t wait to get to Mankato, put the pads on and just continue doing what we’ve got to do: play football.”
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