Teddy Bridgewater took a risk before his Pro Day at Louisville last week.
The talented young quarterback, normally resplendent in red and black gloves when starting play caller for Cardinals, was noticeably bare handed as he took to the practice field in front of numerous NFL scouts, coaches, GM's and talent assessors.
And the move didn't pay off, in a major way.
Bridgewater threw numerous errant passes and put in a performance nowhere near his best, which led to Mike Mayock, a draft scout for NFL.com, saying that Bridgewater's pro day performance was 'average at best'.
Following the sub-par showcase, Bridgewater has now slipped down numerous draft boards, going from a top five and possible number one overall to severely lagging behind Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel in the QB stakes.
And speaking to Jon Gruden on the coach and analysts annual 'QB Camp' show, the 21-year old showed deep regret for not wearing the gloves and believed it contributed significantly to the lacklustre showing.
"I learnt a valuable lesson that day," Bridgewater said when questioned. I had a few balls that got away from me and i learnt to just do what got you here (wearing the gloves)...continue to wear the gloves. So everywhere i go i make sure to carry my gloves with me."
Despite the poor pro day, Coach Gruden had nothing but positive words for Bridgewater reportedly saying:
“I don’t know who wouldn’t want to take you… You can shred people. Concentrate on your upside and where you can take it.”
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You can see the mini clip here in which the coach and QB go on to talk about routs and receivers.