Through two NFL seasons, Teddy Bridgewater has put up so-so numbers. He’s thrown for 6,150 yards, 28 touchdowns – 14 each year – and 21 interceptions.
It’s safe to assume that those numbers – at least the positive ones – will increase in his third season.
“I love Teddy as a teammate and a friend,” Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “He’s a great guy on and off the field, and I think he’s really taking the offense into his own hands this year. I think he expects to put up even bigger numbers. He controls the game, he never panics, he’s always inc charge of the tempo and flow of the offense and he’s looked awesome all offseason. I watched him practice yesterday, and it might have been the best I’ve ever seen him throw the ball. I’m excited for him, I’m excited for our team and I know he’s just going to continue to get better.”
Bridgewater, to be fair, led the Vikings to an 11-5 record and an NFC North title last season, so he’s doing something right. He also never looks rattled, regardless of the situation.
“He always looks comfortable, and I really think he’s comfortable being uncomfortable,” Barr said. “A lot of people get uncomfortable and they don’t really know how to react to that, but I think even when he’s uncomfortable sometimes, he makes it comfortable for himself. That’s a great quality to have, especially at quarterback, which demands so much at this level.”
The Vikings, of course, also have Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Because of Peterson, the Vikings don’t ask – and don’t necessarily need – Bridgewater to put up video-game stats.
“We’re very confident in what he can do on the football field,” Barr said. “I think numbers will come. You don’t wan to force things or take unnecessary shots. I think he does a great job of doing what we ask him to do.”