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NFL Notes: Teddy Bridgewater, Dolphins, Eagles, Vikings

Dolphins

  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that while WR Leonte Carroo may be the front-runner to be the Dolphins’ No. 4 receiver, “it is far from certain that he will make the team.”
  • Jackson says there are “several formidable challengers” to Carroo in camp with the Dolphins this year.

Eagles

Eagles backup QB Nick Foles said his time with the Rams and Chiefs was valuable for him, but he’s glad to be back and playing in Philadelphia.

“I learned a lot going to St. Louis, to K.C. and back here. It’ll be valuable throughout the rest of my life, on and off the field,” Foles said, via Philly.com. “It’s a good story. It’s been crazy, but it’s really special every time I get to walk back in this facility, realizing that there’s not many players that get an opportunity to go back to a place (where) they loved playing.

Foles added that he’s excited to help Carson Wentz develop in his second year in the NFL.

“I’m 28 now . . . I know what it’s like. I wasn’t the No. 2 (overall) pick, but I was the quarterback here. So I know what it’s like to walk through the city and be recognized wherever you go,” Foles said. “At that age, it’s so much going on. You really have to take some deep breaths. Through the years, I’ve learned how to handle it, just go out and be myself. (Wentz) does a really good job with that, and I’m excited to help him with it . . . He’s doing a great job at his age, handling this platform of being the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles.

“He’s a really intelligent player. He’s obviously a big quarterback, strong arm, can move his feet real well, can do things on the run. He’s an awesome teammate. It’s been fun being here, getting to know him as a person. He’s an even better person than he is a player.

Vikings

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer told reporters on Friday that Teddy Bridgewater is “throwing the ball well” and working hard to return from the devastating knee injury he suffered last year.

“I saw that tape, too,” Zimmer said, via ESPN.com. “He’s throwing the ball well. He’s got good velocity, accurate. He’s working his rear end off. It just makes you proud for him. He’s still got a long ways to go. But he’s progressing as well as anybody could expect, I would think.”

  • Zimmer (eye surgery) said the plan is for him to return to Minnesota on June 4th with a doctors appointment on June 5th to get clearance.
  • Zimmer said of his eye issues: “I don’t want to go blind in this eye, if that’s what it is, that’s what it is. This will not keep me from coaching.” (Brian Murphy)