By: Eric Oslund | VikingUpdate.com
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been receiving a lot of hype this offseason and he seemed to live up to it in the eyes of his coaches and fans during his team’s first preseason game last Friday.
He wowed people with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Charles Johnson, landing the ball perfectly in his Johnson’s hands as he crossed the goal line. It was a feat that not many saw Bridgewater complete in the first two seasons of his career, even if the receiver was running wide open down the field like Johnson was. But there was another throw that he made earlier in the drive that may be able to highlight his improvements even more.
The Vikings were on their own 18-yard line facing a third-and-7. Bridgewater lined up in the shotgun, received the snap and then waited for the different routes to develop. He then rifled the ball down the middle of the field to Adam Thielen, threading it between two defenders, for a 22-yard gain and a new set of downs.
“I don’t know if Teddy makes that throw a year ago,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “He throws it into tight coverage, a tight window, and we pick up the third-down (conversion), the first down.”
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