New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Teddy Bridgewater looks sharp in Saints’ preseason loss to Vikings

Minnesota Vikings 34, New Orleans Saints 25

Amos Morale III
August 09, 2019 - 10:11 pm
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Lining up against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, wasn’t a strange feeling for Teddy Bridgewater.   

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“It actually felt like one of the old practice days but in a game-like tempo,” he said. 

Bridgewater got the start for the Saints in their preseason opener, as Drew Brees was given the night off, and New Orleans' backup quarterback looked like he has many of his more recent practices – sharp.

“My main goal was just to create tempo, create rhythm and try to establish my identity,” he said. “And I think we did a great job of doing that.”

Bridgewater played the entire first half of the Saints’ 34-25 loss to the Vikings and finished 14-of-19 for 134 yards and a touchdown. 

He led the Saints on three scoring drives, two of which culminated in Wil Lutz field goals of 27 and 52 yards, respectively. But his lone touchdown drive was where he really stood out.

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After Saints linebacker Vince Biegel recovered an Ameer Abdullah fumble with just under two minutes to play, Bridgewater guided the Saints’ two-minute offense down the field efficiently to score.

On the drive, he placed a pass perfectly down the sideline to former LSU track star Cyril Grayson’s back shoulder for a 32-yard gain. And later in the drive, he found tight end Dan Arnold for an 18-yard touchdown.

“It was something we’ve been working on the past couple days, the two minute, and to be able to get to rep the two minute in an actual game that’s a blessing,” he’s said. 

Bridgewater credited his teammates and coaches for his efficient outing but also acknowledged his comfort level with the Saints' offense has grown.

Saints coach Sean Payton said he noticed that increased level of comfort in Friday's exhibition. 

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"There was some command when he was in there,” Payton said. “I think that he and Taysom (Hill) this training camp, I’ve noticed, a pretty significant difference in how they’ve performed.”

Hill started the second half for New Orleans. His first drive ended with the Vikings scoring a defensive touchdown after Minnesota’s Nate Meadors returned and interception 30-yards for a score. After that he led the Saints on three straight scoring drives. One of which culminated with a 33-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey.

Hill completed eight of his 14 passes for 80 yards a score and a pick but also lead the Saints in rushing with 45 yards on six attempts.

“I think like any game or any practice, there are plays you would like to have back. I think overall preseason Jason game one was good,” Hill said.

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