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Minnesota Vikings Want Bridgewater To Bulk Up

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Let's take another moment to talk about the player that's most important to the fortunes of the 2015 Minnesota Vikings.

No, not that guy. Holy hell, are you kidding? That ship has sailed.

No, of course I'm talking about quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater recently stated in an interview that he wasn't impressed with his rookie season, one that saw him voted as the Pepsi Rookie of the Year by NFL fans. To that end, he's already started working with his teammates for this coming season, as you can see in this picture from Kyle Rudolph.

Vikings' head coach Mike Zimmer has also said that he wants Bridgewater to get a little bit bigger going into next season. Bridgewater's slight frame was one of the (many) (ridiculous) criticisms of him prior to the Vikings drafting him last season, and the coach says he wants that to change.

"He needs to add a little bit more strength, a little more weight on him," Zimmer said. "He's about 210 pounds, we're trying to get him around 218, somewhere in that range. But he has to continue to develop with the receivers we have."

Zimmer hopes Bridgewater will devote time this offseason preparing with his receivers.

"I know he's spending some time with those guys," Zimmer said. "I believe it's this week he has a bunch of guys coming down to see him (in Miami). That stuff I feel good about, the way he progressed throughout the season. We anticipate that he'll continue to progress at that pace. He has to continue to make the right decisions and take the plays that are there for him. All of those things are going to lead to his development. The great thing about him is he wants to work and get better every day. I feel really good about him. He's the quality of guy that we really want to have here."

Now, I'm not sure how much more "swoll". . .is that the word? Is that even an actual word at all? Anyway. . .I'm not sure how much more "swoll" Bridgewater is in the picture you see above there, but you can be sure that if Mike Zimmer wants #5 to get bigger, that's what he's going to do.