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Teddy Bridgewater puts positive spin on subpar pro day


At this point, Teddy Bridgewater's pro day has been dissected like a frog in a high school science class. It's been sliced and diced by so many people it's hard to even remember what exactly he did on the field at Louisville earlier this week.

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The workout was a red flag to some, average at best to others. Some believed all the hoopla was an overreaction and he was still the top quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Bridgewater remained positive following the throwing session on Monday and kept up that attitude when discussing the workout on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" on Friday.

"I still feel things went well. I wasn't able to complete every pass but it's a learning process," Bridgewater said. "I had some completions, I had some incompletions. Those incompletions I consider adversity, you can't let one incompletion go into the next pass. I was able to flush it, continue to learn from it and move forward.

"My entire mindset is about getting better and growing."

After leading the Cardinals to a 23-3 record the past two seasons, many considered the 6-foot-2, 214-pounder to be one of the most polished quarterbacks in the draft this year. Despite the presence of plenty of great throws on tape, most NFL teams were looking forward to seeing how the ball came out of his hand in person.

With a few throws getting away from him at his pro day, a number of folks pointed out that Bridgewater worked out without gloves, as he had typically worn gloves in the past. The signal-caller has conceded that the difference was a factor in the subpar performance, but noted on Friday that he made the switch for a reason. He later confirmed that he will go back to throwing with gloves on in private workouts.

"Basically when I was training down in Florida, I was training without the glove. Ever since my season ended at Louisville, I've been training without the glove," said Bridgewater. "I'm one of those guys that trusts my preparation. When I was training without the glove, I gained confidence in myself. Going into that pro day, I said 'hey, I can go through pro day without this glove.' I was glad I made that decision and was glad I was able to learn from it."

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock has Bridgewater atop his quarterback rankings at the moment, but the lack of buzz around a top prospect is notable at this time of year. Fellow analyst Daniel Jeremiah reflected that in his latest mock draft in which the quarterback slipped from the top 10 all the way down to No. 26 with the Cleveland Browns.

It might be easy to see the negatives surrounding the signal-caller, but Bridgewater himself remains confident that one NFL club will be getting a very good quarterback this year.

"I feel Teddy Bridgewater is an accurate passer. He's a leader who wants to make everyone else around him better," Bridgewater said about himself. "Someone who's a hard worker, someone who smart with the football and takes care of the football. Someone who competes at a high level on a consistent basis."

Bridgewater wouldn't name teams he had private workouts scheduled with, but noted that he would be throwing for just about every team in the draft that has a need at the position. In addition to the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars at the top of the first round, that likely means stops at the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans and possibly the Arizona Cardinals.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.



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