With Teddy Bridgewater under center last year, the Vikings were a missed 27-yard Blair Walsh chip shot field goal against Seattle from winning a playoff game. All the arrows seemed to be pointed up for Minnesota in 2016. Until today.
Earlier today, reports poured out of Vikings camp that Bridgewater suffered a gruesome, season-ending leg injury, and had to be taken away from the practice facility in an ambulance.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network tweeted an update on the ugly situation, including a statement from the Vikings disclosing that Bridgewater suffered a torn ACL and a dislocated knee cap, and is done for the year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2016
The next man up for the Vikings is journeyman’s journeyman Shaun Hill. He’ll have to do.
Today in Read Between the Lines, the guys were asked if people will realize how underrated Bridgewater is now that he’s out for the year?
Jason doesn’t see the quarterback who ranked 22nd in the NFL in passing yards as irreplaceable because he’s mainly responsible for handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson and managing the game, not winning it.
“I think the Viking running backs are distraught. The swing passes Teddy was gonna hit them with this year. The underneath routes from the tight ends. Everyone who ran the intermediate routes, five yards or less, devastated.”
Colin thinks that even though Bridgewater only tossed 14 touchdowns last year, his value to the team is in his intangibles.
“On a young roster, I would argue, a lot of what Teddy offers you don’t see on tape. Maturity in film rooms, stability, good decisions. He is not Cam, he’s not Favre. He’s not a transformative talent. But he added stability to a very young roster. They had a controversy with Adrian Peterson a year ago. Bridgewater came in, all business. He is exactly what the scouts said he would be.”
So much for limiting Adrian Peterson’s workload this year.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) August 30, 2016