Protective, efficient and explosive. Those three adjectives are rarely used in conjunction to describe anything, but they are exactly the three adjectives one could use to describe the play of Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Shaun Hill through three preseason games.
Protective: Just 1 INT thrown and 1 sack taken combined.
Efficient: 75.9% combined completion rate and 113.6 combined passer rating
Explosive: 7.50 yards per attempt and 5 completions of 20+ yards
A more colorful way to term it, though, is to say Bridgewater and Hill are lighting it up.
At opposite ends of their careers and attempting to fulfill different roles, Bridgewater and Hill have worked in unison the past four-plus months and the results are showing up. Bridgewater, the second-year signal caller who has ascended to the starting position, is showing big-time signs of progress and is at the center of optimism for a team many expect to be on the rise in 2015.
Bridgewater's three-game preseason box score reads: 22 of 28 for 219 yards with 1 TD and 0 INTs for a passer rating of 111.2. He's taken no sacks, has scrambled to make plays with his legs at the right time and has taken command of the huddle and of the offense.
Hill, now in his 14th season and his second stint in a Norv Turner offense, has been everything the team had hoped he could be when they handpicked him to be Bridgewater's backup. Bridgewater speaks glowingly about the example Hill sets not only in the meeting room but also with his on-field knowledge and command of the team's offense. Hill's own preseason box score is representative of the hard work he's put in since signing with the Vikings. It reads: 19 of 26 for 186 yards with 3 TDs and 1 INT for a passer rating of 115.2.
The NFL is a forward-looking business, though. The success each QB has had through three preseason games is a positive for the Vikings, and now the team will use those results to keep building for what's ahead in 2015 rather than spend time looking back.