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Norv Turner: Bridgewater's deep ball 'outstanding'

  • Blog Post by: Master Tesfatsion
  • June 18, 2014 - 12:53 PM

The biggest knock against Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was his deep ball accuracy.

Well, offensive coordinator Norv Turner said on Wednesday that he hasn’t seen that as a weakness from the rookie.

“I knew he’d make great decisions, quick decisions, but he has been outstanding throwing the deep ball, which some people thought would be an issue.

“I think in the six-to-eight weeks we’ve had him on the field, I think he’s been put in a position where’s he’s had to make most of the throws he would have to make. I think he can make all the throws he needs to make.”

Turner said that Bridgewater has been very instinctive during OTAs and following the first of three mandatory minicamp days on Tuesday and someone that knows how to work. The Vikings have already allowed Bridgewater to ability to audible play calls. Turner said Bridgewater receives multiple plays at the line of scrimmage, like Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel. It was on display during Tuesday’s minicamp when Bridgewater audibled during the team portion of practice.

“I think Teddy came in as a great quarterback obviously,” Cassel said on Tuesday. “I think he was well-coached in college [at Louisville]. He does a great job picking up the system. He’s aware of defenses and very knowledgeable on it. I think he’s done a great job up to this point.”

It’s still an open competition at quarterback, as Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Tuesday, but a lot of positive signs so far in regards to the quarterback with skinny knees and small hands.

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