I believe in setting personal goals and so does Minnesota Vikings second year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater had a solid rookie year completing 64.4 percent of his passes but can he now become a top 10 quarterback in only his second season? Bridgewater has the athletic ability, the right attitude and work ethic and if he brings it all together this season, he could raise his stock as a NFL quarterback.
“Something always comes up, the receiver could slip running a route or you could get hit throwing the ball, but I think we try to aim to be over 70 percent in the quarterback room,” said Teddy Bridgewater.
“That’s one of our goals. We take pride in completion percentage, we take pride in taking care of the football and commanding the offense. It’s going to be a fun year. I have a ton of weapons at my exposure; and I can’t wait to get everyone going.”
Bridgewater has been on tear during the preseason. Although it was in limited action, Bridgewater completed 78.6 percent of his passes. It will be extremely tough for Bridgewater to maintain those numbers during the regular season. As a quarterback and leader Bridgewater should mention his teammates as valuable weapons, as he did, but I’m not convinced that he has enough around him to become an elite quarterback this season.
His lead receiver Mike Wallace is a big playmaker. He has had two seasons of 10 touchdowns and is a great deep threat. Cordarrelle Patterson is entering into his 3rd season (second with Bridgewater) but only grabbed 33 balls for 384 yards and 1 touchdown last season. Teddy will need much more production from him this season. Young receiver Charles Johnson was Teddy’s favorite target last season. With another camp and preseason under their belt, I expect more of the same from these two. The Vikings slot guy, Jarius Wright, has to continue to improve. His reception total and yards have gradually improved over the past 3 season which should continue in 2015. The biggest factor in Bridgewater’s success will be Adrian Peterson. Peterson is back in action, expected to be healthy and able to play at a high level all season. Peterson has the ability to make defenses play honest. They won’t be able to drop back in coverage in fear that Peterson will break off big runs. If the Peterson of old shows up, as expected, Bridgewater and his receiving core will have ample opportunities to beat teams in the air. I think Teddy’s number will tremendously increase but I feel he will ultimately finds himself a little outside of the top 10 ranking by the end of the season.