Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will get some reps with the first team offense during the squad's organized team activities later this month.
Coach Mike Zimmer told the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Friday that Bridgewater, one of the team's first-round draft choices, will compete with veterans Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder for starting job.
Zimmer said that even though Bridgewater is third on the team's depth chart, he wants the rookie to get some snaps with the first-team offense. The Vikings' OTAs start May 28.
"(Bridgewater) is throwing the ball good," Zimmer said. "I think he's got a good presence, a good command of the way he's taking things. It was good for him to be out here with the veteran quarterbacks a little bit last week for a few days."
The Vikings drafted Bridgewater, out of Louisville, with the No. 32 overall pick. He already did some work with Cassel and Ponder earlier this week during the team's voluntary offseason program.
"Matt and Christian have been here for a while now, and those guys have been taking me under their wing and teaching me from a field standpoint and a film standpoint," Bridgewater said.
On the opening day of the Vikings' rookie minicamp Friday, Bridgewater ran some of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's plays. Zimmer, as well as other Vikings coaches, were reportedly impressed with Bridgewater's mental preparation and quick learning ability.