Teddy Bridgewater 'definitely' sees himself as a starter next season

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Minnesota Vikings takes the field for the first time since the 2015-16 season in the fourth quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 17, 2017. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Teddy Bridgewater is feeling a lot more like his old self recently. 

Though he was inactive for the Vikings playoff run, which ended abruptly with a 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night, he told reporters Monday he feels like he's ready to reclaim his position as a starter, whether it be in Minnesota or elsewhere.

"Definitely," he said after clearing out his locker at Winter Park. "Without question [I see myself as a starter]."

It was a tough season for Bridgewater, who hadn't played since August 2016 after suffering a knee injury dropping back for a pass in training camp. The 25-year-old played two full seasons before the injury, completing the miraculous comeback with his first game appearance in nearly two years against the Cincinnati Bengals Dec. 17.

 Bridgewater called the journey a test of his character, but ultimately said that this season wasn't about him--or any other player for that matter--it was about what the Vikings were able to accomplish regardless of who stepped onto the field.

As for what next year holds, well, nobody really knows.