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Report: Teddy Bridgewater To Take First Team Reps With Vikings

Watching the development of the three high-profile first round quarterbacks drafted this year—Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, and Teddy Bridgewater—will definitely be one of the most intriguing stories of camp. Each player has veterans, albeit fairly unremarkable ones, ahead of them, and none of them are being handed a starting job. Of all three, it sounds like Bridgewater, who went 32nd overall to the Minnesota Vikings, may be making the best case to start right away.

According to an ESPN report, Bridgewater will take first team reps this summer, and is very much in the mix for the starting job in Minnesota, along with Christian Ponder and Matt Cassell.

Although he reiterated that Bridgewater currently is third on the Vikings' depth chart at quarterback, Zimmer told reporters Friday that he wants the former Louisville star to get some work in with the first-team offense during OTAs, which begin May 28...

Bridgewater got to run some of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's offense for the first time Friday, the opening day of the team's rookie minicamp.

Several Vikings coaches, including Zimmer, also have been impressed with Bridgewater's mental preparation and his ability to quickly learn the team's offensive terminology.

Grasping the more complex NFL playbooks is typically one of the biggest hurdles that rookie quarterbacks face. Bridgewater has the advantage of having played in a pro-style system at Louisville, and is thought of as one of the more cerebral quarterbacks among the rookie class. Having a steady workhorse running back like Adrian Peterson certainly wouldn't hurt his adjustment to the pro game either.

Whether or not Bridgewater can win the job, the Vikings certainly seem open to the idea. Their own Twitter account has already broached the question.

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[ESPNvia Card Chronicle]