By Neil Reynolds
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman would like to be in a position where a difficult decision needs to be made at quarterback by the end of the 2017 season.
Spielman would like to have options with regards to current starter Sam Bradford and former number one Teddy Bridgewater, who is battling back from a career-threatening knee injury that wiped out his 2016 campaign.
The man in charge of putting together Minnesota’s roster told The Reynolds Report: “I hope, at the end of the season, that we have that difficult decision to make because it’s better to have two high-quality players at that position than to have none at all.”
Spielman paid tribute to both his passers during our chat at Vikings training camp on Monday. Bradford was working on one field with the number one offense, while Bridgewater was cutting a lonesome figure jogging on his own on the adjacent pitch.
“Think about what Sam Bradford had to do last season,” Spielman explained. “He had never been around this team, had never heard a play call and didn’t know our system. For him to learn that offense and manage through so much adversity having only been here a short time was something that was really difficult to do. Watching him throughout the offseason in OTAs, mini-camp and now training camp – Sam has been phenomenal and we’re expecting a big year out of him.
“Teddy has been amazing as well. He has attacked his rehab and he appreciates football even more because it was taken away from him. That was an injury where people thought he may never play football again. His mindset has been unbelievable and he is showing determination to get back on the field as soon as he can.”