On the sixth day of training camp, Bridgewater threw his first interception during full-team work … and a short time later threw his second.
The first one came when Bridgewater looked to his right and tried to connect with receiver Rodney Smith. Linebacker Audie Cole diagnosed it, jumped in the path of the pass and made the interception for what likely would have resulted in a defensive touchdown.
Not long afterward the Vikings moved into the 2-minute drill, Bridgewater was trying to get the ball to receiver Adam Thielen for the second straight time and Derek Cox dove for another interception.
“The offense is trying to move the ball up the field, get a score and put points on the board,” Cox said. “My guy, he just ran a slant route and I had good technique, was inside and I made the play.”
Although Bridgewater was generally accurate with his throws on Thursday, the interceptions, especially two in one day, have to be cause for pause among the coaching staff as they continue to work him into some first-team reps.
The majority of Bridgewater’s snaps came with the second-team offense. But, despite the interceptions, he is still garnering the support of his teammates on offense and defense.
“I seen all great passes from him today. He threw a great fade to the back of the end zone to one of our rookie guys,” Jerome Simpson said, preferring to ignore the interceptions. “To me, he’s making great passes. He’s improving every day and calling the plays very good and doing what he’s supposed to do – that’s improve every day in training camp.”
Cox, the interceptor on the second miscue from Bridgewater, said the rookie quarterback has “great ability.”
“I wasn’t thinking about baiting him. Right here, I was thinking play my technique and just help the team get off the field,” Cox said. “That was what was on my mind.”
Before the interceptions, Bridgewater was twice praised by coaches for making the right adjustment at the line of scrimmage and choosing the correct play. Simpson has noticed that, too.
“He’s gotten better at calling the plays and just going through his reads and making plays out there,” Simpson said. “He’s improving every day, from the beginning to right now he’s improved.”
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