First round quarterbacks are selected by team's with the hopes they become the franchise quarterback, and that's exactly what Zimmer sees in the 32nd overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Teddy Bridgewater.
Viking Update's Tim Yotter writes about what Zimmer see's in the young quarterback:
*With Teddy Bridgewater preparing to make the eighth start of his rookie season with his Minnesota Vikings and facing the top-rated quarterback in the NFL – by a significant margin – Bridgewater received plenty of praise from his head coach.
While Bridgewater ranks 36th in passer rating among quarterbacks that have taken at least 25 percent of the offensive snaps, coach Mike Zimmer said he can see Bridgewater being – some day – in the same conversation with Aaron Rodgers.
For weeks, Bridgewater has talked about "trying to be too perfect" with his passes instead of letting loose and trusting his reads and his receivers. It's an admirable quality, Zimmer said.
"That's Teddy. He does want to be that way and I think as he matures, being perfect, because he's worked so hard and studied, will come a little easier," Zimmer said. "And then he'll just play, kind of like the guy we're fixing to play this week (Rodgers). He's pretty perfect in everything he does. I think it just comes with maturity."
The rookie quarterback said he admires to Rodgers, who has a 120.1 passer rating, 13 points higher than any other quarterback in the NFL.
Meanwhile, Bridgewater has been unspectacular as a rookie but has shown signs of progress. After two solid games to start his career – one in relief and one in which he threw for 317 yards and a 98.9 rating in his first start – he put together two clunkers upon his return from an ankle injury. In games against Detroit and Buffalo, he threw a combined five interceptions against one touchdown and took 13 sacks.
Since then, however, he has shown improvement. In the last three games, he has thrown three touchdowns and only interception, taken a combined five sacks and has led two fourth-quarter comebacks.
"I always see signs of improvement from Teddy. A lot of times it's in practice, the things he's doing in practice, the things he's going for," Zimmer said. "He's getting a lot of different things thrown at him in a short period of time, but there's probably some intangible things that ya'll don't see on game day that I see in the week in practice."*
Bridgewater, who is the youngest player on the Vikings roster, has shown flashes of becoming 'the guy' throughout his rookie campaign and has given fans plenty to get excited about.
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