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5 from No. 5: Hot Hands Hiding Cards

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings haven't gone deep down the field or too deep into the playbook this preseason, but passers, particularly Teddy Bridgewater and Shaun Hill have been filling up other categories on the stat sheet.

Bridgewater has completed 78.6 percent of passes and has a rating of 111.2; Hill has hit on 73.1 percent of passes and has a rating of 115.2. Bridgewater said Thursday it's more important to see execution of what's called in preseason games.

With the Vikings set to have their first true road game of the preseason in Dallas at 6 p.m. Saturday, here are five thoughts from No. 5.

 1) Avoiding the showing of cards

The Vikings have avoided showing too many of their cards in early exhibitions, and that's likely to continue this week because Head Coach Mike Zimmer and Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner both said they aren't game planning this game near the amount they would for a regular season game.

As Bridgewater said, "It's the preseason, you don't want to show too much. What we've been asked to do so far, I think we've been doing a good job at executing at a high level."

2) No worries with Wallace

The stat that's jumped out for a lot of fans is one catch for one yard to Mike Wallace, but no one is worried about that at Winter Park, where Bridgewater connected with Wallace on a deep one against Xavier Rhodes in 7-on-7 Thursday. Wallace has helped create openings for others in limited action this preseason. 

"We do want to get Mike going heading to the regular season, and he's a guy who is going to be huge for us in the pass game and the run game," Bridgewater said. "He is going to force teams to give us different looks this year, so we definitely want to get him going whether it's this week or definitely headed to Week One."

3) Keep going back to the well

Bridgewater and Hill have shown an ability to spread the ball around, but if a teammate keeps getting open, he'll keep getting the ball.

"Our coaches always say when you're playing in this system, don't get bored," Bridgewater said. "If a play is called for the same guy to get the ball five times in a row and he is open five times in a row, throw it to him. It's a system where everyone is going to get their touches and everyone is going to have individual success and the guys understand that."

4) Hurry up, please.

The Vikings have played at a high tempo on offense, but starters have been removed before from each of the first three preseason games before getting an opportunity to go through the two-minute drill, which was executed to perfection by the second team against Oakland.

The Vikings have practiced the pressure-packed situation throughout the offseason program, but there's only so much that can be simulated in practice. Bridgewater said the first team wouldn't mind a crack at that challenge this week. 

"That's one of the situations that we have yet to experience this preseason, the two-minute with the first team offense," Bridgewater said. "Whether it be this game, I'm pretty sure we're going to get in two-minute, whether it's just to do it or we may be in a two-minute situation at the end of the half or something like that. We look forward to it, we practice it out here on the practice field, we try to practice every situation, try to be a good football team with situational football. We look forward to doing it whether it is going to happen this Saturday or we're going to continue to get reps on it in practice."

5) No longer a rookie, but still a student

Bridgewater was asked what point he stopped feeling like a rookie last season and said, "That's a tough question."

"I just continued to get more comfortable as I gained those reps whether it's in practice or in the games," Bridgewater said. "Everything is still new to me at some point sometimes, whether it's installing new plays or things like that. I just look at it as I remain a student of the game and you don't have to be a rookie to be a student of the game, you don't have to be a 10th year player. It's just trying to get better, trying to learn something new every day."

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