Teddy Bridgewater continues to impress with Panthers
After a fairly surprising season backing up Drew Brees last year, Teddy Bridgewater of the Carolina Panthers is looking to slide into the starting spot vacated by free agent Cam Newton and make a strong impression on his teammates and Panthers fans in 2020.
Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady believes that Bridgewater makes everyone around him better, which is something that the Panthers offense will surely hope is the case next season:
Via Myles Simmons on the Panthers’ official website.
“Everybody that’s met Teddy Bridgewater, he makes everybody better,” Brady told reporters during a video conference call Thursday. “(W)e had a day where we had Teddy running the meetings. I think that that’s critical, having a guy that understands a good amount of the system and what we’re doing, but also has an idea of football and being able to explain it and teach it to others. I think from a quarterback standpoint, when you’re able to install a play, you’re able to communicate terminology — even if it’s different than what you’ve known in the past — it just shows how valuable you are.”
Bridgewater’s 2019 campaign came as something of a surprise. After an impressive sophomore season in 2015 with the Minnesota Vikings, Bridgewater suffered a horribly gruesome knee injury that caused him to miss almost all of the next two seasons.
However, Bridgewater bounced back in a big way in 2019 as Drew Brees missed the first five games of the season with a thumb injury. Bridgewater went 5-0 in his stead, helping to set the Saints on course for a strong season all-around.
The 27-year-old will surely look to continue that momentum with a new team this year.