Thumbs-up for Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater has looked more assertive in the pocket and in better command of the offense this preaseason. AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

A quick observation of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and how he's played in preparation for the Sept. 14 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

Through four preseason games, the Minnesota Vikings have probably seen just about everything they'd want to see from Bridgewater, who's now 29 of 35 in the preseason for 295 yards and a touchdown. He's hit plenty of high-percentage throws, but also dropped a 39-yard pass into the arms of wide receiver Mike Wallace on Saturday night. That play was made after Bridgewater saw single coverage outside and changed the play at the line of scrimmage. He's looked more assertive in the pocket and in better command of the offense; it looked like the Vikings might have dabbled with packaged plays on Saturday night, when Bridgewater pulled the ball and threw it after defenders crashed on Jerick McKinnon's run action.

It's worth noting that Bridgewater had a 64.4 percent completion rate -- the third-best by a rookie in NFL history -- even though his rate on throws of 5 yards or less was 21st in the league. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Bridgewater hit only 69.3 percent of those passes, which seems high until you consider Tony Romo connected on 80 percent of his. Bridgewater actually picked up his performance on intermediate throws; he had the best completion rate in the league (67.5) on throws of 15 to 20 yards and was still tied for fifth on throws from 21 to 30 yards. His numbers didn't drop off until throws of 30-plus yards; Bridgewater was 3 for 20 on those.

Essentially, if Bridgewater can be better on the easy throws, he's got a chance to push his completion rate toward 70 percent, as he's talked about. And while his accuracy last year dropped off on throws past 20 yards, he made a perfect throw on a deep ball Saturday night. It all suggests Bridgewater is headed in the right direction before the start of his second season.