The Minnesota Vikings are likely to start Shaun Hill at quarterback for the team’s Week 1 opener against the Tennessee Titans, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Vikings players were reportedly informed of the decision that Hill will start over the recently-acquired Sam Bradford.
After the injury to starter Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings went traded two picks, one of them being a first-rounder, to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Bradford. But there have been reports that Bradford has been slow to pick up the offense, particularly the pre-snap adjustments, and that Hill, a long-time backup, could start.
In other news, Bridgewater had surgery on his injured knee on Friday and the team announced that it was successful in repairing multiple ligaments, one being his ACL, in addition to the dislocated knee.
“The knee dislocation resulted in Teddy needing a multi-ligament reconstruction,” Vikings director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said. “I was able to be present in Dallas, support Teddy and observe the entire procedure. The repair was excellent and gives Teddy every reason to be optimistic.”
It’s worth noting that the statement mentions nothing about the patellar tendon, which if undamaged is good news for Bridgewater and could allow for his return sooner rather than later.
Hill, 36,has seen plenty of game action over the years. He last got significant playing time with the then-St. Louis Rams in 2014, where he completed 145 of 229 passes for 1,657 yards with 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Hill is known for being a game manager with good accuracy in short routes, but a weak arm that doesn’t allow him to make all the throws needed.
Bradford will surely pass Hill at some point, as the Vikings invested heavily in acquiring his services. He completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with the Eagles in 2015. At this stage, an understanding of the team’s offense takes priority over having the better arm, especially as Sunday’s game plan will likely be something along the lines of “hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson and hope for the best.”