With Cassel out for the season, Can Teddy B. step up to the plate and bring Minnesota back to dominance or will be just a “Rookie T.K.O”?
According to reports, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel is out for the season with a foot injury he suffered against the New Orleans Saints during Monday Night Football’s telecast on ESPN. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was giving the starting role after Cassel was unable to return, which led to a 20-9 defeat against the Saints. Bridgewater put up decent numbers, completing 12 passes out of 20 attempts for 150 yards. Although he wasn’t able to complete a touchdown pass, the rookie sensation was able to lead the Vikings to two scoring drives, in which both led to field goals. For those who are not familiar with the phenom, here’s a head sup of what you can expect from the Lousiville great.
Teddy Bridgewater was drafted 32nd in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The 305 native was a top recruited quarterback who took his high football IQ and cannon arm strength to the University of Louisville, where he became a standout the moment he stepped on campus. After being dubbed Big East Rookie Of The Year, Teddy B. raised his game to another level, leading his Cardinals to a Big East title, and a berth in a BCS bowl game. Bridgewater finished his sophomore year 6th in the nation in completion percentage, 8th in yards per attempt, and 7th in passing efficiency. His performance led to a Big East Offensive Player Of The Year honor. He followed up his junior year by showing the nation why he is one of the baddest young QB’s around by leading his team to the 2013 Sugar Bowl. Scouts and coaches had the Cardinals as heavy underdogs against the perennial powerhouse, Florida Gators. But Teddy proved why no matter how ranked or how highly touted the Gators are, he put up mind boggling numbers, throwing for 266 yards and two touchdowns, en route to becoming the game’s MVP. His performance opened a lot of NFL scouts eyes and while landed a spot of debates as the biggest upset performance in BCS bowl game history.
With a background of Florida toughness, Teddy Bridgewater can be labeled as the “quarterback of the future” for the Minnesota Vikings. Despite having small hands, Bridgewater shows scouts, coaches and fans nationwide that he possess a strong cannon and can lead any team to victory no matter who they face. Possessing the ability to scramble outside of the pocket, the Big East icon is ready to prove the NFL universe that he can bring as much excitement to a organization just as the other rookie sensations such as Manziel, Clowney or Bortles. He’s ready to join the list of Viking QB greats such as Culpepper, Cunningham, Tarkenton and to bring that “Joy” back to Viking land.
-Omari White (@SmooveGuyO)