During the tenure of Teddy Bridgewater as the Vikings starting quarterback, we’ve seen mixed results. He’s only played two seasons in the NFL, and to this point, has a relatively small sample size. Bridgewater has thrown for 14 touchdowns in both of his first two seasons. He’s been characterized as more of a game manager and hasn’t been known to throw the ball downfield early in his NFL career. In 2015, Bridgewater led the Vikings to their first playoff berth since the 2012 season, and was starting to look like he belonged in the NFL.
2016 was supposed to be Teddy’s “breakout” year, with many NFL analysts predicting that he would take the next step. Then the injury happened. This, of course, was no ordinary injury, as Bridgewater severely dislocated his knee, as well as tearing his ACL and other structural damage to the knee. Doctors and team officials feared that this injury could be career-threating, but after performing surgery and seeing that there was no significant nerve damage, there was hope that Bridgewater could one day return.
Fast forward to week 8 of the 2017 season and we’re hearing reports that Bridgewater could be available after the week 9 bye. If these reports are true, will we see Head Coach Mike Zimmer call Bridgewater’s number? This is definitely a possibility given that Zimmer absolutely loves Bridgewater, who he helped to draft back in 2014.