Norv Turner: I'm excited about what Teddy Bridgewater is doing
Despite several inconsistent practices last week by QB Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings OC Norv Turner is excited to see how the rookie performs in the preseason.
The NFL requires teams to release depth charts ahead of their first preseason game even if the final version might look markedly different in a few weeks. We point that out because the Vikings' first depth chart of 2014 lists Matt Cassel as the No. 1 quarterback, even if that might not be the case in a month's time.
First-round pick Teddy Bridgewater has been solid for most of training camp, although he admitted that he was concerned with his play after throwing three interceptions in two practices last week. He followed that up by completing 8 of 10 passes Monday, but offensive coordinator Norv Turner isn't worried about Bridgewater's progress.
"There's a lot of things we're doing with Teddy that we would never call in a game," Turner said Tuesday, via ESPN.com's Ben Goessling. "We're trying to find out where he's at in terms of what he can do. I think he's playing at an awfully high level. Those two guys [Bridgewater and Cassel] in competitive situations have over 150 passes, each of them.
"They've each thrown three interceptions. One of them for each guy was a bad quarterback decision. One of them for each guy was a receiver that either fell down or ran a poor route. One of them I thought was a great play. If you throw three interceptions in over 150 attempts, you're playing at a high level. Now, there's no full speed rush like a game, but I'm excited about what Teddy's doing."
Next up: Getting Bridgewater reps with the first team.
"We need to play Teddy with the first line," Turner continued. "We need to mix a lot of players. I think we're still trying to work that out in terms of how we want to do it. I know Coach [Mike] Zimmer has a plan in place. It will be a number of plays, and we want to see Teddy play. He needs to play to get through that the first time going out."
The Vikings host the Raiders Friday night. As for what Turner is looking for in his young quarterback, it's pretty simple.
"He doesn't have to be sensational. He just has to make good decisions," Turner said. "He needs to protect the ball, get our group in and out of the huddle, get in the right play, get in the right protection. That's the biggest thing about managing the game.
"He's going to make plays. When he had an opportunity out here, he's made plays. He's made big plays throwing the ball up the field, and he's made big plays checking the ball down."
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