• One reason for optimism: By playing with poise despite a subpar supporting cast without suspended running back Adrian Peterson, Teddy Bridgewater gave hope that he could be the long-term solution at quarterback. And the fact that offensive coordinator Norv Turner plans to stick around for a couple more seasons bodes well for Bridgewater as he strives to blossom as a young passer.
• One reason for concern: Bridgewater threw 12 interceptions in his 12 starts, including three games with multiple INTs. To be fair, at least a couple of those interceptions ricocheted off a receiver first. But Bridgewater will be looking to cut down on the turnovers in his second season.
• Stat that stands out: 64.4 — completion percentage for Bridgewater, third all-time among rookies. Only Ben Roethlisberger and Robert Griffin III completed a higher percentage as rookies.
• Offseason level of need: Low. The Vikings look to be in pretty good shape with Bridgewater and Matt Cassel, an above-average backup. But they may look to add a third QB to replace Christian Ponder given Turner’s preference of carrying three.
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