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Teddy Bridgewater Says He Sees Himself as a Starting QB In 2018

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater says he “definitely” sees himself as a starter in 2018 according to Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

The Vikings have big decisions to make at quarterback with all three of Bridgewater, Case Keenum, and Sam Bradford headed to free agency. Considering that the team activated the oft-injured Bradford from injured reserve for the playoffs and then made Bridgewater a healthy scratch, it does not appear that they see Bridgewater as their future behind center. The best-case scenario for the Viking would probably be to re-sign either Keenum or Bradford (Bradford has more talent but Keenum is more durable) as their 2018 starter and then sign Teddy as the back-up. It is clear, however, that the 25-year-old Bridgewater wants a chance to start somewhere and would not settle for a backup role unless he has no other alternative.

So how are teams supposed to evaluate a QB who has only attempted two passes since 2015 due to a devastating knee injury? Bridgewater has a first-round pedigree, great leadership skills, and was the undisputed starter for this team until he suffered that injury during the 2016 preseason. He has shown amazing grit and determination to make it back from an injury that many pundits believed would end his NFL career-but is he all the way back and can he ever be? Plus Bridgewater showed a lot of promise in those first two seasons but his stats were not spectacular. The market for Bridgewater (and Keenum and Bradford) will be one of the most interesting things to watch this offseason.

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