Bridgewater named to Pro Football Writers' All-Rookie Team

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The trend of Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater receiving a great amount of praise – just not as much as Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. _ continued Tuesday as another highly respected football organization announced its year-end rookie awards.

Pro Football Writers of America, a group of 32 journalists who cover the NFL, named Bridgewater the starting quarterback on its All-Rookie Team; but Beckham was the group's Offensive Rookie of the Year. St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald earned the defensive rookie of the year honor.

Here's a look at the full rookie team.

Bridgewater led all 2014 rookies with 224.4 passing yards per game. He threw 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Pro Football Focus ranked him the fourth-best overall offensive rookie, trailing only Beckham, Cleveland Browns guard Joel Bitonio and Dallas Cowboys guard Zach Martin.

The analytics website said Bridgewater completed 46.3 percent of his deep passes, which ranked tenth in the NFL; he led the league with a 75.2 percent accuracy percentage under pressure.

"Despite throwing 12 interceptions, Bridgewater was one of the league’s best at protecting the football. Rather than look at interception totals, we like to focus on the actual throws that he made rather than the results, and when looking through that lens, Bridgewater was among the league’s best at avoiding “turnover-worthy plays,” ranking among the likes of Alex Smith, Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger. Combine that with the improvement he showed as the season progressed and Vikings fans have to encouraged by Bridgewater’s future."

According to the Vikings, Bridgewater is the tenth all-rookie player drafted by the team since 2007.

  • Adrian Peterson, 2007
  • Brian Robison, 2007
  • Percy Harvin, 2009
  • Phil Loadholt, 2009
  • Kyle Rudolph, 2011
  • Matt Kalil, 2012
  • Harrison Smith, 2012
  • Blair Walsh, 2012
  • Cordarrelle Patterson, 2013
  • Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Bridgewater is one of five finalists for the NFL's Pepsi Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, along with Beckham, Mike Evans of the Buccaneers, Jeremy Hill of the Bengals and Kelvin Benjamin of the Panthers. Fans can vote for their favorite rookie right here.

Next Up

Zach Parise

Ghosts of Wild's past force split with Sharks

Brent Burns and Ryan Donato thwarted a comeback attempt by the Wild.

Avante Dickerson

Top-ranked recruit Avante Dickerson decommits from Gopher football

The four-star cornerback was the highest-rated recruit in Minnesota's 2021 class.

u.s. district court minnesota - federal court minneapolis

Limits on in-person court activity extended for 45 days

The statewide order extends current limitations through March 15.

D'Angelo Russell / Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves need more from D'Angelo Russell

The Wolves haven't gotten what they expected since making a blockbuster trade.

oct. 20 snow crash

Spinouts, crashes still happening after snow leaves MN roads a mess

The snow storm caused at least 208 crashes this weekend.

1024px-Crock_pot

For The Week: Food tips and tricks to get you through the next 7 days

BMTN's food writer Lindsay Guentzel makes life easier for Minnesotans.

snow, plow

Here's how much snow fell in Saturday's storm in Minnesota

MSP Airport had the highest total as of 7 a.m. Sunday with 5.3 inches.

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 3.17.49 PM

No KAT? No D'Lo? No problem as Timberwolves defeat Pelicans

The Timberwolves were without Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell, but still picked up a (SCORE) win.

Screen Shot 2021-01-23 at 7.53.44 PM

Spinouts, crashes across Twin Cities as snow gets heavier

There have been multiple incidents across the metro area.

Mason Branstrator

Family, friends raising funds for teen soccer standout with spinal injury

Mason Branstrator of Duluth was injured in a skiing accident.

Related