Teddy Bridgewater was one of the highest ranked quarterback prospects in the 2014 draft class, and although the 2014 season has yet to begin, the rookie already looks to be ahead of his peers. Bridgewater has already manually imported the Minnesota Vikings‘ 2014 offensive playbook into Madden so he can learn the plays quicker, a strategy he employed while at Louisville as well. And Monday morning, just five days before training camp kicked off, he was reportedly in Florida throwing balls to tight end Kyle Rudolph.
Bridgewater has been throwing in Florida, studying playbook for two hours each morning. Said he’s just looking forward to getting started.
— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) July 21, 2014
Bridgewater is already putting in the extra work both on and off the field and clearly has the mindset of a quarterback who wants to be great. Other rookies, such as Johnny Manziel, have been photographed multiple times drinking instead of studying, further indicating the Vikings got lucky the Cleveland Browns were the team that traded up for the former Texas A&M signal caller. The Vikings were reportedly also trying to trade up for Manziel at No. 22 overall, but their package wasn’t good enough and they had to settle for Bridgewater at the end of the first round.
Just a few months into the offseason it already appears the Vikings drafted the quarterback with the drive and desire to be great, two of the most important characteristics in a successful athlete. Talent and athletic ability cannot be coached, but smarts and preparedness are two traits that have gotten Peyton Manning through his career and even helped him break numerous records last season as a 37-year-old.
Bridgewater won’t make the exciting plays with his legs like Manziel, but he will make the correct reads in Norv Turner‘s offense and help the offense move the ball down the field, the No. 1 job of the quarterback. Turner’s offensive system has been called complicated by both rookies and veterans this offseason, so the extra work Bridgewater is putting in will not only help him adjust to the NFL game, but also increase his chances of starting Week 1 under center when the Vikings take on the St. Louis Rams.