The Minnesota Vikings received devastating news Tuesday when the team learned starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage to his knee during practice.
The Vikings were not expected to be one of the league’s top passing teams this season, but after drafting Laquon Treadwell from Ole Miss with the 23rd overall pick in the first-round in this year’s NFL draft, it was a sign Minnesota was hoping to establish a deep threat this season. Now, with Bridgewater sidelined, a change at quarterback could affect Treadwell’s rookie season.
The Vikings may consider several options for a new starter, as outlined in this NFL.com story, and moreover, Treadwell hasn’t been having a great preseason. In Sunday’s preseason win against San Diego, Treadwell had one catch for 15 yards. In his previous two games, he had four total catches. Treadwell has reportedly been practicing with the second team, which means he’s familiar with backup Shaun Hill, but with Bridgewater out of the picture, the offensive scheme could certainly change, which could mean less targets down field for Treadwell.
The bigger picture, though, is this situation may bring Bridgewater and Treadwell closer as friends and teammates. Treadwell can relate to Bridgewater’s situation. He suffered a broken leg and ankle at Ole Miss in 2014 that forced him to miss the remainder of the season. Some believed Treadwell wouldn’t return from such an injury, but in 2015, proved he had fully recovered and became the SEC’s leading receiver.