The Vikings feel like they have a potential gem in rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, as the No. 32 overall pick reportedly split reps at training camp with projected opening day starter Matt Cassel. Bridgewater left much of the Vikings brass feeling like the former Louisville star has "definitely been more impressive than they expected," Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported Sunday.
Bridgewater's innate ability to pass at the short and intermediate game has raised the question of whether he may be a starter at some point in the season. Glazer reported that despite the fact that he likely won't be the starter for the opener in St. Louis vs. the Rams, there's "huge optimism" for his future in the league.
Just last week Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said the 21-year-old should have been a top-10 pick, furthering speculation that Bridgewater may be better than advertised.
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