Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater got some of his teammates together in Florida prior to the start of organized team activities as a way to work out with one another. It was ultimately dubbed the Teddy Two Gloves Passing Academy.
He had all of this receivers participating in it, with Stefon Diggs showing up late, and even had his No. 1 tight end, Kyle Rudolph, in attendance. Everyone talked about how well Bridgewater was able to run things and how that added time with their quarterback was really going to help them out in the long run.
There were talks a second installment of the the passing academy taking place during the team’s break between minicamp and training camp. Bridgewater confirmed that some of his teammates came to Bay Beach, Fla., but there were not as many people present. It is wedding season and both Charles Johnson and Rudolph had to miss the camp for that reason.
“So this year with that it was the one week we were in South Bend and had back-to-back weddings,” Rudolph said. “The only week of the six that I couldn’t be there.”
The tight end did not seem too worried about it, though, because both he and Bridgewater were getting some extra work in Monday and Tuesday. Bridgewater flew up to Minnesota to help Rudolph with a youth camp at Hopkins High School and the two stayed late and got some work in afterwards.
Training camp is quickly approaching and every player who has ever experienced it knows how demanding it can be. The players practice out in the sun and the heat for hours a day, and the way that turf fields are constructed, with the black rubber on the field, it makes it seem about 10 degrees hotter on that surface.
That’s one reason why Bridgewater wanted to get his teammates down to south Florida for a few days and work out in that heat and humidity. He knows how rough training camp can be and he wanted to make sure he adjusts himself, and his teammates, to those unsavory conditions.
“I got the guys down to south Florida, some hot weather some are not used to, so it was pretty good,” Bridgewater explained. “I just need to work out there and put myself in the most uncomfortable situation, so when those situations present themselves in football games and training camp you’ll be ready for it.”
It is hard to say how much the Teddy Two Glove Passing Academies will help the players on the field, but it has certainly seemed to bring them closer together off of it. After Round 1, Bridgewater and Cordarrelle Patterson would do an intense game of rock-paper-scissors before every practice as a way to have fun and stay loose.
Getting all of his teammates together near his home, getting them on the field and making them work out shows how Bridgewater’s leadership has progressed. A year ago it was Rudolph putting this type of thing together, but Bridgewater has now taken it upon himself and his teammates have noticed. Rudolph even went as far as to label him “the face of our franchise” as he heads into his third season in the NFL.