Friday, October 9, 2015

2015 Scouting Report Kevin White

[Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a series we will be running at Vikings Territory providing scouting reports for players the Vikings could potentially target in the 2015 Draft. All scouting reports are provided in partnership with Luke Inman and Continue reading below to learn more about who many experts are calling the best wide receiver in this year’s class.]

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Teddy Bridgewater is decidedly the most important player on the Vikings roster. How he performs in 2015 and beyond will have the greatest impact on how the Vikings perform as a whole.

After a promising rookie campaign, we now have 13 games and 402 throws worth of data on Bridgewater.

What we really want to know is what to expect from the young quarterback in the years to come. Understanding his level of quality, where he thrives, and where he doesn’t will give Minnesota valuable information with which to build the offense around him. And of course, we as fans just want to know how good he is and how good he will be.

To try and pry this information from the data, we can answer three important questions.

  1. How does Bridgewater’s rookie season stack up against other rookie quarterbacks past and present?
  2. What can these statistics actually tells us and which are the most meaningful?
  3. Can the numbers be tweaked to more accurately represent the performance of Bridgewater and how does he stack up after doing so?

To answer the first and second questions, I have a sample of 59 quarterbacks since 1993, all of which threw 150 or more passes in their rookie seasons.

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[Note: This segment is a part of a position-by-position look at what the Minnesota Vikings might be inclined to do during the 2015 free agency period. This is the 11th article, focusing on the inside linebackers. In case you missed it, feel free to check out the quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends, fullbacks, wide outs, specialists, safetiescornerbacks, defensive ends, and defensive tackle/nose tackle.]

Last March Jasper Brinkley signed a one year $830,000 contract to rejoin with the Minnesota Vikings. Brinkley was originally drafted by the Vikings in the 5th round of the 2009 NFL Draft and played his first three years in Minnesota before spending the 2013 season with the Arizona Cardinals. The soon to be 30 year old (July 12th) middle linebacker is hoping to resign with the Vikings again this off season.

In 2014, Brinkley gave the Vikings that stopgap run stuffer in middle playing all 16 games and collecting 75 total tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.

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Back in January, as part of our Free Agency Preview features, I opined that the biggest question facing the quarterback depth chart this offseason was whether or not the team would be keeping veteran Matt Cassel who has been relegated to backup status due to the emergence of Teddy Bridgewater.

The Vikings could certainly do worse than Cassel when it comes to their primary backup position, but he carries a cap number of $4.75 million in 2015 which is considerable for a backup. Still, some are surprised (like our friend Christopher Gates over at Daily Norseman) that the Vikings are non-committal about Cassel being on the roster during the upcoming season.

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Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) of 105 The Ticket, Fangraphs, and Sports Data LLC stopped by to talk Twins baseball as well as our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings.

We open the show with Vikings News: the mandatory Adrian Peterson talking point, took a glance at free agency & the recent cut players the Purple might chase, which Vikings might still get cut (looking at you Greenway), as well as the first volume of the Purple FTW! Draft Wishlist.

Brandon then joined me to talk about the Twins and the outlook for the young, promising squad in 2014 and beyond. We went with some baseball love this episode because spring is around the corner, pitchers and catchers are already at spring training, and there’s only so much Adrian Peterson f***** speculation that the human mind can take. Plus what better way to wait for training camp in Mankato than grabbing a beer and watching the Twins give it their best at Target Field this summer? Besides, Brandon is no Vikings neophyte and he also gave some solid, rational takes about Teddy and the team going forward. Which is quite a departure from my usual hot fire.

Wrapping up the show, I give my review of House of Cards season 3, which I finished watching at 5pm Friday. The 13 episode season dropped at 2am that day so… Do the math. ***WARNING: I do reveal spoilers starting at (1:21:42).***

All that and more “bi-lateral strengthness” on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Full episode after the jump.

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