- Ben Goessling, ESPN Staff Writer
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Teddy Bridgewater will begin his first training camp as a Minnesota Vikings quarterback later this week under close scrutiny, as he tries to win the Vikings' starting job as a rookie. Bridgewater, however, doesn't plan to pay much attention to the race for the job -- or at least he's saying he doesn't.
After a workout at the University of Minnesota on Monday, Bridgewater said he hasn't thought much about the number of first-teams snaps he has received to this point, and he doesn't plan to keep track of it during training camp. He wouldn't talk much about his bid for the job against Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder, discussing instead what he has been doing since the end of the Vikings' minicamp last month.
"That's something I don't feel comfortable talking about," Bridgewater said of his chances to start. "I'm just looking forward to training camp. Can't wait to get to Mankato, put the pads on and just continue doing what we've got to do -- play football."
Bridgewater, who has been training in Florida with former NFL quarterback Ken Mastrole, said he has been studying the Vikings' playbook for two hours each morning since the end of minicamp. He wouldn't discuss how much contact he'd had with offensive coordinator Norv Turner and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner in the last month, but he said he feels good about the relationship he has with both men and his preparation for his first season.
"I've been doing everything the Minnesota Vikings asked me to do," Bridgewater said. "I can't wait to put the pads on and get started."
The quarterback worked out with Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph on Monday, as part of the workout group organized by Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. He said he plans to do some work at the Vikings' facility this week, as well, before players report to training camp on Thursday.