The Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars both needed a quarterback going into the 2014 NFL Draft. And the two franchises got their men in Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles respectively.
But neither of the standout college play callers will be going into their first seasons in the National Football League as a starter.
And to be honest, neither of them should be happy about it at all. Both are good enough to be starting right now and they have both shown their individual skills in pre-season.
The former University of Central Florida man came out of nowhere to be taken number three in the draft by the Jaguars. Competing with Chad Henne, he should have a fair shot at being the number one QB as nothing Henne has done so far in his career should make him a clear favourite.
But despite this, the Jags have already seemingly confined him to clipboard holding duties for his whole rookie season, despite showing the leading abilities in pre-season that bely his tender years.
Bortles was calling smart audibles with ease against the run, something Johnny Manziel seems impossible of doing right now, and made his teammates surprised by just how calm and calculated he was.
Gus Bradley is taking a risk by not playing Bortles, it could very well bite him when it comes down to it.
Matt Cassell was pretty much always going to win the Vikings starting job. But it doesn't breathe new life into a Minnesota team that have been riding on the back of Adrian Peterson so hard i'm surprised he doesn't wear a saddle to games.
I firmly believe the former Louisville standout Bridgewater will become a much better talent than Cassell could hope of being, it just needs a man a little braver than rookie head coach Mike Zimmer to make the important decision to let him show it.
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