EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – In his first week of organized team activities, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is saying all the right things.
"For me to be a better player, I have to have the best interest for the team and want nothing but the best for the team," he told reporters Thursday.
The first-round pick missed last week's OTA's due to an NFL rookie event, but he was back with the team this week. Head Coach Mike Zimmer says there was "some rust," but overall Bridgewater is progressing.
"He looked in the two-minute offense drill and made a few nice throws," said Zimmer. "He's starting to fit in here and he'll be a good player for us."
When that will be is anyone's guess. But that's not on Bridgewater's mind.
"My focus is getting better," he said. "I've been learning from Matt and Christian and also Coach Turner. He's been teaching me to throw on time and trust my feet."
Bridgewater says he's watching veteran players and how they prepare mentally. He says the NFL game moves at a different speed compared to college, but he's handling the best he can.
"In college, 'open' is 10 feet, but in the pros 'open' can be a few inches," said Bridgewater. "I'm trying to step back and just breathe, that seems to be helping."
Vikings return to organized team activities next Monday.