Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater got his receivers and tight ends together in Miami a couple weeks ago as a way to get some extra work. It ended up being called the “Teddy Two Glove Passing Academy” as Bridgewater was the one who orchestrated the entire event.
“(Bridgewater) set everything up and he organized everything,” Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said. “He did a great job of getting us out there and just leading the show. It was awesome. He had a structure and we were in and out and it was great.
“Like I said, he led us through everything and it was all orchestrated by him. We didn’t have to do much as far as planning, so it’s nice to have a leader like that.”
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph put on a similar event last season, but Bridgewater seemed to take it upon himself this year to host it. Everyone was very impressed with how well the young quarterback did putting it all together and they all seemed to be pleased with the experience.
Not only was it important for everyone to get down to Miami in order to improve their game on the field, but also continue to build relationships with one another. Teams always want a close-knit group of guys in the locker room, and having events like this is a way to help build that.
“Everybody’s a work in progress,” said wide receiver Stefon Diggs. “Everybody’s getting it in a little earlier than usual, so I mean spending that quality time with your guys will really pay off in the long run.”
That trip down to Miami was not the first time players worked out this offseason, though, as most of them have been doing things on their own since the regular season ended. Diggs said that he has started doing yoga and has been working on improving his speed and strength.
He did not get into too many details about everything he has been doing this offseason, but it sounds like he is excited to show people how much he has improved.
“I don’t want to talk too much about work, but I guess you guys will just see the finished product,” Diggs told reporters. “I’ve still got summer left to turn it up another notch and I look forward to that, but you’ll get a little taste of it at OTAs.”
There has been a lot of talk this offseason about the Vikings drafting a receiver in either the first or second round. That usually means they are looking for a player they believe could become a No. 1 receiving option for Bridgewater.
Diggs was the one who seemed to step into that role last year and instead of take it as an insult that the team is looking for another receiver, he welcomes it.
“I love it. Add another guy to this great group of guys that we’ve already got,” he explained. “We’ve got a lot of talent in our room and it don’t hurt to have more talent, especially when you’ve got a great group of guys like we got pushing each other, push one another to be better, so it should be fun no matter what we get.”
Players can get together at Winter Park starting Monday to work with the team’s training staff in the weight room. However, they still cannot work with any coaches. There will be another break where players will have some more time off before they get back together for organized team activities (OTAs).
Diggs is currently planning on heading down to Miami during that second break and continue to work out. He will be doing a lot of work on his own, but also said he is going to see Bridgewater quite bit and you can be sure they are going to do everything they can to make sure they are on the same page by the time the season starts.