Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Tuesday that at some point during the preseason rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will see time with their first-team offense.
“We need to play Teddy with the first line,” Turner said, via ESPN.com. “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.”
Matt Cassel entered camp as the Vikings’ No. 1, taking most snaps with the first-team.
Bridgewater, the former Louisville quarterback, has mostly played with the Vikings’ second team during training camp. He completed 8-of-10 passes in 11-on-11 work Monday.
“There’s a lot of things we’re doing with Teddy that we would never call in a game,” Turner said. “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. That’s 300 and over half a season. 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.”
The Vikings host the Oakland Raiders on Friday night in their first exhibition game at TCF Bank Stadium. Turner wants to see how Bridgewater can manage the game.
“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.”