Teddy Bridgewater’s nickname is ‘Gump,’ and for good reason; he’s ‘great under major pressure.’ Whether Bridgewater’s evading rushers or playing his first game in U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback is always the calmest player on the field.
That was true this afternoon, as Bridgewater and his teammates took the field for the third preseason game of the year, a 23-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Bridgewater returned from action after resting a sore shoulder, and though he wasn’t perfect, looked sharp in a half of action.
A week off didn’t stop Bridgewater from picking apart San Diego’s defense with his legs and a noticeably-stronger arm. Passes left his hand with a little more zip than 2015, and Norv Turner’s play calls, especially on the Vikings’ fifth-drive, conjured memories of Bridgewater’s rookie debut.
It’s fitting then, that Bridgewater’s “debut” at U.S. Bank was just as decisive.