Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


NFL Combine aftermath: Teddy Bridgewater

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: February 28, 2014 - 2:41 PM

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgwater was regarded as the top overall pick last season. Now he might not be the first quarterback taken in the draft.

What has gone wrong in that span? Surprisingly, nothing.

Bridgewater answered the biggest knock against him at the NFL Combine, which was his weight. The 6-2 quarterback was 214 pounds at the event. It’s difficult to say whether that will translate to durability, and Bridgewater battled through injuries that he played through late late season. He was listed at 205 pounds according to the school’s site.

Bridgewater didn’t throw at the NFL Combine, and he didn’t compete in the 40-yard dash either after saying he would. He’s a pocket-first quarterback however, so his speed isn’t necessarily a big deal. Bridgewater said he will throw at Lousville’s Pro Day on March 17.

Outside of the 40-yard dash, Bridgewater recorded a 30-inch vertical jump, 113-inch broad jump and ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.20 seconds.

NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah has the Vikings selecting Bridgwater with the eighth pick in his latest mock draft. Lousiville’s offense has helped develop Bridgewater into a potential Week 1 starter and the most NFL-ready quarterback according to some draft analysts. Bridgewater is an accurate quarterback with good vision, and he lit up Miami with a career-high 447 yards in his final game with Louisville.

Outside of his durability, there aren’t many negatives about Bridgewater. If he can stay healthy, that could be a steal with the eighth pick.

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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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