Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater reflected on his time spent in Minnesota with the Vikings, and he learned a “keep shooting” mentality from former Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, something he carries with him today.
“We think of being basketball players and then quarterbacks,” Bridgewater said via BroncosWire. “When I was on the team with Adrian, there would be games where Adrian might have 32 carries for 180 yards, or 32 carries for 200 yards. The thing that people didn’t realize was, OK, he might get two yards here; he might get one yard here, three yards here, then boom, 20-yard run. One yard here, two yards here, and he just kept shooting.”
Bridgewater continued, stating that while Peterson was a very talented runner, it’s his mindset and approach that separated him from the pack.
“That type of mindset is what made him special. I try to apply that to my game. ‘Hey man, just keep shooting.’ If it’s six yards here, OK, let’s get four the next play. OK, let’s get a 20-yard run on the next play. He just keeps shooting and eventually everything falls in place for you.”
Jets HC Robert Saleh doesn’t want to name first-round QB Zach Wilson the starter before he’s ready — even if it’s obvious Wilson will be under center Week 1.
“The biggest thing we’re trying to do, and call it coachspeak, we’re trying to give all 90 guys a chance to establish themselves as starters. And we want to give everybody an opportunity to go out there and play and showcase who they are, give them the ability to see how they match up. So you’ll see rotation, like you saw in OTAs this year. We’d go to the back end and give everyone a chance to be a starter, and step in there with the ones to see how they communicate, see how they work. Same thing with the D-line and linebackers and then on the O-line, at running back, receiver, just having that constant rotation. So yeah, the quarterback part is the same, those guys are all going to work. Will he take the first snap? Probably. But at the same time, it all comes down to what he can handle, and how he can handle things going through training camp and the preseason.”
- Marc Ross of NFL.com thinks Raiders TE Darren Waller is deserving of a raise in his next deal given he’s developed into an elite tight end and is the team’s marquee passing target.
- The Athletic’s Tashan Reed and Vic Tafur note that, somewhat surprisingly, neither Casey Hayward nor 2020 first-rounder Damon Arnette worked at nickel corner during OTAs.
- It appears Nevin Lawson, Amik Robertson and fifth-round rookie Nate Hobbs will compete for that job, with Lawson suspended the first two games of the 2021 season.
- Reed and Tafur add it’s not clear if both Hobbs and Robertson will stick on the roster or if the loser of that battle will end up waived.
- There’s also a pitched battle for the final outside corner reserve spot between Isaiah Johnson, Rasul Douglas, Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Keisean Nixon, per Tafur and Reed.
- The two write that Arnette already seems to have lost his starting job to Hayward and it’s notable the Raiders spent two draft picks on strong safety types after 2019 first-round S Johnathan Abram‘s struggles his first two seasons.