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Teddy Bridgewater Turns To Madden NFL For Practice

Teddy has the best excuse when he gets caught playing Madden.
Teddy has the best excuse when he gets caught playing Madden.

Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was well-known coming into this year’s NFL draft as being a scholar of the game, but recently ESPN learned he even goes so far as to spend his extra time studying actual games, like Madden NFL.

To help prepare for the upcoming season, Bridgewater said last week that he has imported the Vikings playbook directly into Madden NFL, and is using the game to help get extra reps in whenever he can. While it’s not exactly the Peyton Manning approach to off-the-field practice, it’s still admirable the amount of focus Bridgewater has on his own development, something no one doubted heading into draft day but is nevertheless interesting to see in action.

“Any chance you get to take an extra rep or go the extra step, extra mile, it’s going to be very beneficial transferring it to the field,” said Bridgewater, who himself did the same thing for NCAA football in order to go the extra mile in his preparation for gameday. For a quarterback-starved team like the Vikings, the lengths Bridgewater goes to accelerate his own development must be comforting, even if it’s only a game.

Bridgewater was selected with the final pick of the first round by the Vikings earlier this year, and was projected at one time to be the top overall selection before sliding down media boards. Bridgewater’s slide was aided by the Jacksonville Jaguars surprise selection of Blake Bortles, and the Cleveland Brown’s grab of Johnny Manziel late in the first. Minnesota traded back into the first round to take Bridgewater.

The next Madden game is Madden NFL 15, and is set to release on August 26th on Xbox One & PS4, as well as “current-generation” consoles like the Xbox 360 and PS3. The game will feature a lot of defensive changes, as well as a cover art featuring Seattle Seahawks DB Richard Sherman that has been the target of some fun in the community.

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  • steelgatez

    im not sure how much this kind of thing helps him but i am a big believer in bridgewater. he works too hard not to be successful and really understands the game

  • diablox440

    They should have taken Manziel when they had the chance. If you are going to get a guy that people are going to say is physically small for the position, why not get Manziel who has a lot more upside?

    • og49erfan

      yeah I think manziel would have been a better option

  • clownyking90

    madden 15 needs to hurry up and come out

  • cordarrelle84

    Teddy is exactly what we need! Mental more than physical at QB.

  • EagleDomiKnation

    At least he’ll have some dome games to help cover up his lack of arm strength.

  • flashgordon12

    Manziel got so much more talent than this guy. What is Tedddy gonna do when #28 is gone in a few yrs?