The Minnesota Vikings chances of going back to the playoffs have taken a turn for the worst after starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a Torn ACL injury after conducting a non-contact drill yesterday. He also dislocated his knee during the non-contact drill as well.
Backup quarterback Shaun Hill is projected to be the Vikings starting quarterback once the season starts. With that being said, the Vikings could miss out on the playoffs this season. Shaun Hill is not what the Vikings need at the quarterback position right now.
With the injury to Bridgewater, you can expect the Vikings to rely on star running back Adrian Peterson. If the Vikings do not figure out how they will prepare for opposing teams without Bridgewater under center, then Adrian Peterson’s remaining year’ with the Vikings can take a turn for the worst.
They cannot build a championship roster around a quarterback who will be turning 37 in the month of January. Even if Shaun Hill had to come in and pull off a Rich Gannon-like resurgence towards the end of his career, the Vikings would still have to go back to the drawing board. According to ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell, it will take Bridgewater 9 to 12 months to return from his devastating injury.
Adrian Peterson has been the face of the Vikings franchise since he joined the team back in 2007, I do not believe that he wants to spend the rest of his final years in a Vikings uniform on a losing note. Peterson took the load off of Bridgewater so that he could continue to develop as an NFL quarterback.
The team was expected to be better in the passing game after they drafted wide receiver Laquon Treadwell in the 1st round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The combination of Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell on the field at the same time could be a deadly tandem in the NFC North. However, I believe we will not see that this year, due to Teddy Bridgewater’s season-ending injury.
A lot of fans will not like this, but if the Vikings are serious about taking the NFC North from the Packers this season, they need to negotiate a trade for Colin Kaepernick. The last time I checked, the owners were about winning championships and making money.
Front office personnel need to put any personal feelings they had toward Kaepernick to the side and figure out a way to bring him to the team. They are no real viable options at the backup quarterback position right now; Colin Kaepernick would be the team’s best option. AP is 31; you have to wonder when will “father time” catch up with this future Hall of Famer?
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