This offseason, Teddy Bridgewater was rewarded for his job in New Orleans filling in for Drew Brees with a three year, 63 million dollar contract, from the Carolina Panthers. The 27-year old quarterback also had a Pro Bowl season with the Minnesota Vikings earlier in his career, before his injury.
After stints with the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints as a backup option, this is truly now Bridgewater's first shot at a revival. The Panthers are Teddy's team, but so far there isn't too much hype surrounding Carolina's 2020 season, or Bridgewater. According to analyst Chris Simms' top-40 quarterback countdown, the Bridgewater ranks 29th in the league.
There are 32 teams in the NFL, and while its fair not to consider Bridgewater a high-end starter, a ranking this low doesn't seem justified. Especially when you consider some of the quarterbacks Teddy is behind. Players like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andy Dalton, Drew Lock, Daniel Jones, Derek Carr and rookie Joe Burrow all rank above Bridgewater among others. Every single one of these QB's has question marks like Teddy, but do they have more upside?
In his prime, Bridgewater threw for over 200 yards per game during both seasons with the Vikings. Last year he went 5-0 with the Saints while Brees was out, with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. This yielded a passer rating of 99.1 to go along with a 67.9 completion percentage.
Bridgewater has always been an accurate short game passer, and a partnership with Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel could seriously benefit his style of play. Don't forget that the Panthers added Robby Anderson to stretch the field and provide some space underneath.
Teddy could be a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year in 2020, and might even be primed for his best NFL season yet. Simms has him ranked as a borderline starter however, wedged in between the quarterbacks fighting for jobs. Bridgewater is no stranger to doubters, drafted at the bottom of the first round despite his college numbers. If anything, this should only inspire success his next chapter.
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