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08/18/14 - QB Teddy Bridgewater could get some playing time with the first unit on Saturday. He got some first-team reps in the preseason opener but played with the backups exclusively in the second game against the Cardinals. In the latter, Bridgewater posted a 136.9 passer rating while completing 16 of 20 passes for 177 yards, no turnovers and two touchdowns. He brought the Vikings from behind twice in the fourth quarter, throwing the game-winning touchdown with 18 seconds left.
07/30/14 - QB Teddy Bridgewater has impressed offensive coordinator Norv Turner in the way he handles physical pressure from the defense.
"He doesn't look at the line; he feels it, keeps his eyes up the field, makes throws with people around him and throws in real tight quarters where he doesn't have much room to work," Turner said. "I think that's one of the best things he does right now."
Being able to throw in a cluttered pocket is one of the ways Turner judges a college quarterback just entering the league.
"You have to be able to play that way," Turner said. "There are guys who need a lot of room in the pocket to throw and then there are guys who don't need any room. I call this an NFL throw, as opposed to a college throw. You can bring 100 guys in here and every one of them could make a college throw."
05/14/14 - Catch-22: Did Teddy Bridgewater boycott Browns? Four months after surprisingly firing head coach Rob Chudzinski on the night of the regular-season ending loss, the Browns are battling to become relevant for the first time since re-entering the league in 1999. But with eight head coaches and 20 starting quarterbacks, that direction is doubtful for prospects such as Bridgewater. Cleveland also imploded the front office one week before the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in February, removing president and CEO Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi, and pushing personnel executive Ray Farmer into the decision-making GM role for the first time.
Banner and Lombardi hired Pettine -- Farmer was not even in the room for interviews -- and Cleveland acknowledged it first attempted to trade for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. NFLDraftScout.com applauded Farmer's effort last week in the draft. With only two winning seasons in Manziel's lifetime, owner Jimmy Haslam understands the pessimism but said the Browns got their guy this time around. "(Manziel) is a guy who accounted for 93 touchdowns the last two years in a very tough conference (Southeastern)," Haslam said. "He was the highest-rated quarterback on our board." - Jeff Reynolds, NFLDraftScout.com
05/14/14 - Catch-22: Did Teddy Bridgewater boycott Browns? Did a year of dysfunction cost the Cleveland Browns their preferred quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft? Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the 32nd overall pick last Thursday, was on the board when the Browns traded the 26th overall pick and a third-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles for the 22nd pick, with the intent of drafting a quarterback to compete with current starter Brian Hoyer. According to reports -- vehemently denied Monday by coach Mike Pettine -- the Browns were primed to select Bridgewater but at the last minute switched their choice to Texas A&M sophomore Johnny Manziel.
Bridgewater said Tuesday on the "Dan Patrick Show" that he informed agent Kennard McGuire that he did not want to play in Cleveland. "I actually told my agent that's not the place where I wanted to be,” Bridgewater told Patrick Tuesday in the midst of several rounds of media interviews.
The Vikings expect Bridgewater to compete to start as a rookie. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner was one of few NFL personnel to emerge from Bridgewater's pro day workout in March with a review that labeled the throwing session anything but abysmal. Coach Mike Zimmer said Sunday the Vikings will start the best quarterback, and he "hopes it is" Bridgewater. Matt Cassell re-signed with the team -- for two years, $10 million -- after ending the 2013 season as the Vikings' starter ahead of Christian Ponder. - Jeff Reynolds, NFLDraftScout.com
05/12/14 - Vikings gamble on upside of Barr, Bridgewater...A year ago, Bridgewater was considered the likely No. 1 overall pick. But a poor pro day helped facilitate a tumble down the draft board. The Vikings were concerned enough to schedule a personal workout with him in April in Florida. "He did much better," Spielman said. "You could see as Norv was coaching him up in just that short amount of time that he was getting better." Bridgewater had made headlines for not wearing his customary glove during his woeful pro day. "I don't know if it helped or not in his personal workout," said Zimmer, "but he wore his glove." - The Sports Xchange