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Bridgewater Fit Pro Bowl Between Workouts

A late addition to the Pro Bowl, Teddy Bridgewater didn't anticipate he'd be spending last week in Hawaii.

In fact, the Vikings quarterback had already began his offseason training plan.

Bridgewater, who threw for two touchdowns in the Pro Bowl, said he wants to duplicate the previous offseason plan of getting his wide receivers together to run routes.

"I actually got started before I got the call to come out here," Bridgewater said. "I'm just ready to go and get my guys together and continue to build our chemistry and our relationships.

Minnesota took a step forward in 2015, the second season under Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer, as the team went 11-5 and won its first NFC North crown since 2009.

But the season ended on a bitter note with a 10-9 home loss to Seattle in the Wild Card round.

Despite the defeat, a handful of Vikings Pro Bowlers expressed optimism for the upcoming 2016 season.

"Taking how the season ended and looking at the positive, it's going to be good for us," said running back Adrian Peterson. "There were a lot of young guys involved, and it was a game that cuts deep. That wound is starting to heal, and that's going to make us stronger overall.

"They know what it takes to get to the playoffs and what to expect but they know how it feels to lose," he added. "With that stuck in our minds, the sky is the limit."

Said linebacker Anthony Barr: "I think we have great players at all of the really important positions. I think if we continue to build through the draft and free agency, and with everybody getting another year of experience and another year under Coach Zimmer, I think we're going to be a very good team."

Barr said he'll be in California for some Super Bowl appearances and then will then take a week or two off before getting back to work.

Safety Harrison Smith said he'll also let his body rest a bit before offseason workouts begin later this spring.

"The offseason is a time to take a break and recharge," Smith said. "But when we come back, it's go all out."

When the Vikings do return to their training facility for the team's offseason workout program in April and start working toward the 2016 season, Bridgewater said he and his teammates will be raring to go.

"You just have to prepare this offseason and work extremely hard and work on the things that we didn't do well," he said. "And we'll touch up on the things we did well. I'm excited and I can't wait to get back to Winter Park."

View gameday images from the 2016 Pro Bowl.

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