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Minnesota Vikings: 5 Reasons Why Teddy Bridgewater Should Start This Season

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Minnesota Vikings: 5 Reasons Why Teddy Bridgewater Should Start This Season

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The beginning of the Minnesota Vikings' training camp marked the official start to what is expected to be one of the most competitive and intriguing quarterback battles in the NFL this year. The main competition will be between rookie Teddy Bridgewater and incumbent veteran starter Matt Cassel.

With the competitors announced, here are five reasons why Bridgewater should be the Vikings' starting quarterback this season.

5. Nothing to Lose

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5. Nothing to Lose

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The Vikings posted a mediocre 5-10-1 record in 2013, which ultimately led to a number of offseason changes. As a result, nobody is giving the Vikings a chance to win the NFC North division this year over the Green Bay Packers or Chicago Bears. Why waste time starting stopgap quarterback Matt Cassel when Bridgewater would have a perfect opportunity to play under little to no pressure?

4. Pro-Ready

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4. Pro-Ready

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Bridgewater will need time to develop as all young quarterbacks do, but he does enter the NFL ahead of the rest of the 2014 rookie class. In his final season at Louisville, Bridgewater played in a pro-style offense, completing 71 percent of his passes for 31 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He is mechanically sound, has a high football IQ, and is most importantly "great under major pressure" -- or GUMP, as Bridgewater himself says.

3. Development

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3. Development

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There simply is no better way to develop a player than to allow him to play every week. Watching from the sideline can be an effective development tactic, but may be unnecessary given the right situation. The Vikings have a great offensive line, playmakers at wide receiver, an excellent pass-catching tight end, and the best running back in football at their disposal.

It's hard to find a better situation to develop a young QB than that.

2. Best Quarterback on the Roster

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2. Best Quarterback on the Roster

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While both Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder have had some success as starting quarterbacks in the NFL, they are nowhere near as gifted as Bridgewater. Cassel and Ponder have proven that they are both limited in what they are able to accomplish at the NFL level. Bridgewater, on the other hand, has the talent, skills and intelligence to be the answer at quarterback the Vikings have been searching for.

1. Franchise Quarterback

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1. Franchise Quarterback

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The Vikings drafted Bridgewater with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, tying him to the team for the foreseeable future regardless of whether he starts for the Vikings this season or not. Starting Bridgewater in 2014 will allow him to taste success, make mistakes and gain experience, fast-tracking the Vikings to becoming playoff contenders once again.

Robert Reidell is a Minnesota Vikings Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+