Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings
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2015 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)Last updated on Aug-20-2015 by Shawn Childs
Bridgewater has a short quick stroke that reminds me a bit of QB Randle Cunningham. With limited movement, he can flick the ball 30 yards downfield with solid velocity. He is a true pocket passer that will need to add some bulk to help handle attacking pass rushers. Teddy is built to run a west coast offense with a strong enough arm to make deep throws. He has the ability to side step the pass rush and even break some tackles to buy more time to find his man breaking open deep. In his junior year in high school, he rushed for 658 yards on 84 carries, which just shows his legs may have more value than most people think. His completion rate (68.4 % - career and 71.0 % - 2013) and his interception total (4 in 2013) improved in every season at college. Throughout his Louisville career, he passed for 9817 yards in three seasons with 72 TDs and 24 Ints. His value in the running game was really limited in college (170 yards on 226 carries with 6 TDs). Bridgewater likes to study film and he is motivated to be a better player. He is probably more advanced than most incoming young QBs as far as reading defenses and making progression reads. His only real knock is his hands. Teddy has turned to gloves for a better grip, but his value as a QB could decline as the temperature drops below freezing and in bad weather. There also has been some concern about the location of his throw to his receivers. He struggled with this on his pro day in 2014, but he appeared to have the ability to hit his receivers in stride in his highlights.
During his rookie season with the Vikings, Teddy threw for 2919 yards with 14 TDs and 12 Ints in 13 games (12 starts). His completion rate (64.4 percent) was very good, but he faced way too much pressure (39 sacks). Bridgewater didn't throw more than two TDs in any game with two 300-yard passing games. Overall, his receiving talent isn't elite and I expected less receiving production from the RB position. Teddy will finish with below average passing attempts and his TDs won't have impact value. I'm predicting about 3500 passing yards with possibly 23 TDs. At best, Bridgewater is a mid-tier QB2 with limited big game ability.
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater
SCOUT Fantasy: What's it going to take for Bridgewater to ascend to QB1 status? He needs to score about 340 Fantasy points to finish among the top 12, so for Teddy, that would mean a stat line of what?
Tim Yotter, VikingUpdate.com: 3,600 yards and 26 passing TDs along with 300 yards rushing and three more scores. I think the passing yardage is pretty spot-on with where expectations should be for him. If you figure he will start 14 games (allowing two absences for injuries), that would have him averaging 257 passing yards per game. That's right about where he should be. The 26 touchdowns might be aggressive considering the return of Peterson and Bridgewater's desire to manage the game for a win rather than take chances for stats. If the offensive line is better, he shouldn't need to run as much and, therefore, I think 300 yards and three TDs rushing is a little aggressive as well. I'd probably peg him for closer to 250 and 1-2 touchdowns because he isn't looking to run much. However, he is effective enough when he does run because it's usually a good last-resort decision.
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