News now! Early training helps rookie QBs succeed

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on October 1, 2014 – 1:07 pm

141001-news-now-mccarthy-300GREEN BAY–Rookie quarterbacks are playing better than ever before, as evidenced last week by the statistical performances of Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles.

“Teddy Bridgewater definitely has the ability to play from the pocket, and come out of the pocket and make plays,” Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said of the Vikings rookie. “I think you have to give credit to these high school programs and to these college programs. You go to these high school games and they’re throwing the ball all over the yard. The wide-open offenses in high school and college have prepared the quarterbacks. At what they’re exposed to at a young age, there’s just more out there.”

The Bridgewater era of Vikings football likely began last Sunday in a 41-28 win over the Falcons. Whether he plays against the Packers on Thursday will depend on his attempt to recover from an ankle injury Bridgewater sustained in that win over the Falcons.

On the Packers injury front, wide receiver Jarrett Boykin has been ruled out with a groin injury, linebacker Sam Barrington (hamstring) and defensive lineman Josh Boyd (knee) are each doubtful, and everybody else on the Packers injury report is probable, including Clay Matthews (groin).

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