The rhetoric around quarterbacks, especially young quarterbacks, is that they need to make every “NFL throw.” From the 10-yard out to the end zone fade, a quarterback in today’s league has to be able to “thread the needle” and hit their target with near-perfect accuracy. Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater understands this — he’s aiming to complete more than 70 percent of his passes this season.
If Saturday’s preseason game against the Cowboys was any indication, Bridgewater is well on his way to exceeding his lofty goal. He was 7-of-7 passing for 76 yards, and despite his “struggles” throwing deep, connected with Mike Wallace for a beautiful 39-yard reception down the right sideline. It was the duo’s first “wow” play of the preseason, and an overdue step in the right direction for the Vikings’ deep threat receiver.
For Bridgewater, it was a proverbial “hush” to those who doubted his ability to throw the ball deep. And for head coach Mike Zimmer, it was just one of Bridgewater’s impressive plays from the night:
“It was a great throw,” Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said. “It’s important for us, I know everybody wants to see Wallace get a bunch of deep throws and so do I, but it’s important for us to go through our progressions and make the reads, make the correct throws. That’s why his completion percentage was 100 percent, because he continues to do those things. It’s not always about throwing the ball to one guy. It’s about making the reads, making the correct throws and taking a 4-yard gain as opposed to throwing incompletions.”