Is Teddy Bridgewater in Line for a Breakout Season?

Teddy Bridgewater is one of the most interesting players that the league has seen over the past few seasons. A former first round pick by the Vikings in 2014, Bridgewater started his career in full stride throwing for over 3,000 yards in his second season and making it to the pro bowl. However, Bridgewater’s career started to take a downturn after he missed all of 2016 due to injury.

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Last season, Bridgewater, as a member of the Saints, showed that he can still play. While standing in for the injured Drew Brees in 2019, Bridgewater threw for over 1,300 yards, nine touchdowns, and two interceptions in five starts. Although Bridgewater was part of one of the league’s most explosive offenses in the Big Easy, his new home in Carolina certainly has firepower.

In free agency, Bridgewater signed a three year 63 million dollar contract with the Panthers to take over the reins from the aging Cam Newton. With the NFL’s best running back in Bridgewater’s backfield, the former Vikings first round pick should find no problems moving the chains. In 2019 Mccaffrey was elite, rushing for over 1300 yards, 15 touchdowns, and hauling in 116 receptions for 1005 yards and 4 touchdowns. With a guy as productive as Mccaffrey, Bridgewater will surely feel comfortable in Charlotte.

Yet, the passing game is where Bridgewater is going to make his money. DJ Moore is arguably a top 15 NFL receiver, and Curtis Samuel as well as Robby Anderson are outstanding pass catchers. Moore had 87 receptions, for 1,175 yards last season, and Samuel had 54 receptions for 627 yards, and 6 touchdowns a year ago. Not to mention, Robby Anderson was a great deep threat in the Big Apple last season, bringing in 52 catches for 779 yards and 5 touchdowns. Although Greg Olsen is no longer in Carolina, Bridgewater has an excellent receiving corps that makes up for the loss of Olsen.

However, the Panthers offensive line leaves a lot to be desired. With guys like John Miller and Dennis Daley playing guard, the Panthers may struggle, but Russell Okung, Matt Paradis, and Taylor Moton are all above average offensive lineman.

Yet, even with the weapons and decent offensive line around Bridgewater, fans may still think that Bridgewater is nothing more than a game manager. However, when Bridgewater started last season, he led the Saints to a 5-0 record, proving he is not only a game manager but a winner. With that kind of mindset, as well as the dynamic weapons in Carolina, watch out for Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers offense to take off in 2020.

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