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Panthers’ Teddy Bridgewater receives rave reviews for his ‘great arm’

Panthers, Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Rhule

Panthers Coach Matt Rhule recently spent a lot of time answering questions for The Athletic. A common point for the 45-year old head coach was that of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Rhule defended Bridgewater from “lacking the arm strength to be a downfield passer” brought up during the interview.

“You obviously have to be able to throw the ball downfield. Teddy’s got a great arm. I can remember he threw what I would call a launch route 48 yards down the right sideline to the 12-yard line against somebody. So he certainly has the arm strength to do it.”

The Panthers staff definitely believe that Bridgewater is not lacking in downfield accuracy. Offensive coordinator of the Panthers Joe Brady will also not be relying on Bridgewater to rely on downfield playmaking that often according to Rhule.

Bridgewater, a former first round pick in the 2014 NFL draft and Rookie of the Year, is hoping to help lead the Carolina Panthers to better days in the upcoming season. Carolina is coming off of a disappointing 5-11 record — their second consecutive last-place finish in the NFC South.

For the first time in a decade, the Panthers will enter a season without Cam Newton. The former NFL MVP and Super Bowl starter was released by Carolina during the offseason.

As the Panthers enter a new era, they’ll lean on Bridgewater’s “great arm” to usher in a new era of success.