INDIANAPOLIS — We knew that Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater didn't plan to throw at the NFL scouting combine on Sunday. But running? We were led to believe he'd be doing that.
On Saturday, Bridgwater told the media, “No, I won’t be throwing [in Indianapolis], but I will throw at my pro day. I will be running, though. I will run here at the combine.”
Apparently, Bridgewater had a change of heart. He chose not to run the 40-yard dash, even though the wide receivers and one of Bridgewater's competitors for the top pick in the draft — Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel — ran a 4.56 40.
Is this a big deal? Let's put it this way: Bridgewater isn't getting drafted for his long-sprint speed. He's a good athlete and can move around the pocket, but he's not really a scrambler, so the number he would have posted likely isn't going to move the dial much.
But from a competitive and accountability standpoint, it's disappointing. Four times in his media session on Saturday, Bridgewater called himself "just a competitor," but this is one competition he chose to sat out.
Who knows? We don't have all the info yet — maybe he had a problem with his footwear, or he had a little strain while warming up.
Now Bridgewater likely will have to run and throw, both well, at his pro day, and he could use a good performance to firm up whatever questions there might be about that competitiveness.
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