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Teddy Bridgewater is proving that he deserves another starting opportunity

New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was viewed highly when he was coming out of Louisville. He proved to be the real deal early on in his career in Minnesota. Bridgewater was a Pro Bowl quarterback who led the Vikings to a playoff appearance. He would have a playoff win under his belt if Blair Walsh could make a field goal.

Bridgewater’s career was put on hold when he suffered a gruesome leg injury that put his career in jeopardy. He landed in New Orleans as the backup to Drew Brees and has thrived. With the future Hall of Famer out with a thumb injury, Bridgewater has stepped in and the Saints have not missed a beat.

The Saints are 3-0 in games started by Bridgewater. He went to Seattle and beat the Seahawks then took down the Dallas Cowboys behind a dominating performance by the Saints’ defense. In Week 5, Bridgewater threw four touchdowns in a 31-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Is Bridgewater Worthy of a Starting Job?

The obvious answer to this question is yes. With quarterbacks like Joe Flacco and Case Keenum getting opportunities, Bridgewater definitely deserves one. But does he want one?

In 2018, Bridgewater enjoyed his time in New Orleans, as you could see from their post-game dance parties in the locker room. He was set to be a free agent after the season and could have landed a contract elsewhere. Bridgewater chose to stay in New Orleans on a one-year, $7.25 million deal. The deal is fully guaranteed and it made him the highest paid backup in the league.

There is belief that Bridgewater likes the idea of backing up Brees and taking over the Saints job once he retires.

This is not about Bridgewater being worthy of a job. There is no doubt that he is. The Louisville product has thrown for 849 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions since taking over for Brees. This includes the game against the Los Angeles Rams that Bridgewater did not start.

At the end of the day, there are some poor starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Many teams would like to have a starter of Teddy Bridgewater’s quality. At 26 years old, there is plenty of time for Bridgewater to earn a starting spot on the Saints.

New Orleans could be in a great spot when Brees retires if they can keep their backup on the roster.