At least for now, former Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater is the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. With veteran quarterback Drew Brees currently slated to miss at least the next six weeks with an injured thumb, it appears to be Bridgewater’s time in New Orleans.
Because Brees already missed the majority of Sunday afternoon’s 27-9 on the road against the Los Angeles Rams, Bridgewater unexpectedly took over under center early in the game while it appears as though this will continue for at least the foreseeable future. With a versatile utility player in Taysom Hill also under consideration to serve as the team’s quarterback, many are already doubting the Saints and head coach Sean Payton as Bridgewater was unable to lead the NFC South franchise to victory in Week 2.
However, at least one NFL executive from around the league is relatively optimistic about Bridgewater.
“I think Bridgewater can be that player again,” one NFL executive recently told Mike Sando of The Athletic. “You give Andy Dalton the Vikings’ defense and run game when Teddy Bridgewater started out, he’d get you into the playoffs, too. The issue is really the Saints’ defense and how well it can play.”
After narrowly defeating the Houston Texans in Week 1, the Saints then dropped the team’s Week 2 matchup against the Rams en route to starting at an even 1-1 in 2019. Now, New Orleans will begin to gear up for the 2-0 Seattle Seahawks without the aforementioned Brees in the fold.