Teddy Bridgewater
Teddy Bridgewater
27-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Carolina Panthers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After backing up Drew Brees in New Orleans for two years, Bridgewater is off to Carolina with a three-year, $63 million contract ($33 million guaranteed). Bridgewater went 5-0 starting for an injured Brees last season, completing 69.7 percent of his passes in those games with nine TDs and two interceptions. Like his mentor, he benefited from a short passing game that emphasized quick slants and the like, rarely asking him to challenge defenses deep - just 13 passes longer than 20 yards, 6.6 percent of his 196 attempts. Bridgewater's bad-pass percentage was 14.3, third lowest in the league among QBs with at least 175 attempts (Brees was first at 14.0), but his average depth of target was a mere 6.0 yards, lowest in the NFL. The Panthers are sure to ask more of Bridgewater, especially considering their weapons. Third-year WR D.J. Moore is coming off a breakout season, Curtis Samuel has 4.31 speed and the team signed another speedy wideout in Robby Anderson. And then, of course, there's Christian McCaffrey out of the backfield. Bridgewater will be reunited with Joe Brady, Carolina's offensive coordinator who was an offensive assistant in New Orleans in 2018. Last season, Brady was the passing game coordinator for national collegiate champion LSU, which no one would confuse with a dink-and-dunk offense. And new head coach Matt Rhule remade an offensive line that gave up a league-high 58 sacks last year, acquiring Russell Okung, John Miller and Michael Schofield, upgrades all. Bridgewater better warm up his arm. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $63 million contract with the Panthers in March of 2020.
Going to Carolina
QBNew Orleans Saints
March 17, 2020
The Panthers and Bridgewater have agreed to a three-year, $63 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Once teams can announce signings with unrestricted free agents Wednesday, the Panthers will officially have moved on from Cam Newton (foot). Bridgewater himself fared well in six extensive outings (five starts) in placed of an injured Drew Brees last season, completing 67.7 percent of his passes for 1,370 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions during that stretch. In Carolina, Bridgewater will reunite with new Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady, who was on the Saints' staff in 2017-18. The QB will also have perhaps the most versatile running back in the NFL (Christian McCaffrey) at his disposal, along with a pair of intriguing young wide receivers (D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel).
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How do Teddy Bridgewater's 2019 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
14.3%
 
Avg Target Depth
6.0 Yds
 
Sack Rate
5.8%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
6.0 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
5.1%
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Teddy Bridgewater's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash metric is from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash*
4.79 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.20 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.17 sec
 
Vertical Jump
30.0 in
 
Broad Jump
113 in
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
33.00 in
 
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The severe non-contact knee injury that Bridgewater suffered during training camp in 2016 effectively ended his tenure as the Vikings' starting quarterback, but he's since re-emerged as one of the NFL's more well-regarded backups. As a first-time free agent in 2018, Bridgewater settled for a one-year deal with the Jets, who dealt him to the Saints at the end of the preseason after drafting franchise quarterback Sam Darnold. With the durable Drew Brees overseeing another productive New Orleans offense, Bridgewater didn't see any extended action until Week 17 against Carolina. Starting that game for a resting Brees, Bridgewater completed 14 of 22 passes for 118 yards, one touchdown and an interception while working almost exclusively with backup players. Bridgewater drew plenty of interest upon hitting the open market again this past offseason, but ultimately passed up a potential starting opportunity in Miami to re-sign with the Saints. He'll again rank as little more than a quality insurance option behind Brees, but another year under Sean Payton's tutelage could make Bridgewater the frontrunner to succeed Brees if the 40-year-old calls it quits after the season.
Concerns about Bridgewater's left knee are largely overblown at this stage, as it was surgically repaired back in 2016 and he was subsequently able to get into game action for the Vikings last season. He came to the Jets on a one-year, prove-it deal this past offseason, but earning playing time will be a challenge with veteran Josh McCown and third overall pick Sam Darnold on hand at the quarterback position. While McCown's 2017 success suggests New York's offense has the pieces to support a fantasy-relevant quarterback, winning the starting job won't be easy for Bridgewater. If he does end up atop the depth chart and is able to stay there, the former Vikings signal-caller should eclipse his 2015 career highs of 3,231 yards and 14 touchdowns.
A severe, non-contact knee injury during a late-August practice ended Bridgewater's third-year campaign before it even started after a torn left ACL was revealed. Initially thought to be career-threatening, the 2014 first-rounder underwent surgery to repair the discouraging damage, while the Vikings were forced to trade their 2017 first-round pick for Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford in order to deploy a competent leader at the helm. Unfortunately for Bridgewater, the Vikings elected not to exercise his fifth-year option this offseason due to obvious health concerns, especially after Bradford set a new NFL record by by completing 71.6 percent of his passes in 2016. With Bridgewater's potential availability for the upcoming season still up in the air, Bradford heads into camp as the expected starter for a second straight year, with newcomer Case Keenum and Taylor Heinicke providing quality depth.
The second verse was nearly the same as the first for Bridgewater, as his sophomore season in the NFL once again produced disappointing passing numbers. His smallish frame and lack of plus arm strength prevent him from challenging defenses down the field, and his 51.4 QB rating on passes longer than 15 yards was only better than Brock Osweiler's. What Bridgewater does have is the footwork and mechanics to deliver a quick, accurate throw on shorter routes. He also does a good job of reading defenses and limiting mistakes, and while he's not a big scrambler he can extend plays with his feet. He also has an improving supporting cast. Stefon Diggs emerged last yearns a solid deep threat, and the Vikings then used a first-round pick on Laquon Treadwell to give Bridgewater a big, physical receiving option - a move that can only help to improve his red zone numbers after his 55 passes in the area ranked last among QBs who played in all 16 games last season. As long as Adrian Peterson is the focal point of the Vikings' offense, though, Bridgewater will have to be content serving as the caretaker rather than the primary weapon.
The 32nd pick in last year's draft, Bridgewater became the starter earlier than expected when Matt Cassel suffered a season-ending broken foot in Week 3. He put together a promising rookie campaign despite struggling early. In his first six starts, Bridgewater, who missed Week 5 with a sprained ankle, posted 6.48 YPA and a 4:6 TD:INT ratio with no more than one touchdown in any game. But in his final six games, he had 10 touchdowns to just six interceptions, completing 68.9 percent of his passes for 8.13 YPA. One of the big knocks on Bridgewater out of college was his downfield accuracy, primarily due to a low release point and poor footwork. However, he showed significant improvement throughout the season, largely because of proper weight transfer to the front foot. Not only should improved mechanics help his deep ball this season, but Bridgewater now has an excellent downfield threat to target after the Vikings traded for Mike Wallace in March. Pairing Wallace with Charles Johnson, whom offensive coordinator Norv Turner called the team's best receiver last year, and the explosive Cordarrelle Patterson (provided he learns the playbook) gives the Vikings a more than competent receiving corps. Bridgewater also has reliable check-down options in the athletic Jerick McKinnon and 6-6 tight end Kyle Rudolph. And with Adrian Peterson returning, Bridgewater should have a lot less pressure on his shoulders to carry the team.
It wasn't long ago that Bridgewater appeared to be a top-five lock, but a poor pro day showing and concerns over his size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) pushed him all the way to the 32nd pick, where Minnesota traded up to grab him. He's in line to open the season as Matt Cassel's backup, but Bridgewater's advanced development with progressions, blitz adjustment, mechanics and pocket presence mean that the below-average Cassel shouldn't be able to hold him off for long. In a Norv Turner offense with a strong running game, Bridgewater could throw with surprising efficiency if he sees the field. He threw 72 touchdowns compared to 24 interceptions in three seasons at Louisville.
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Nears deal with Carolina
QBNew Orleans Saints
March 17, 2020
The Panthers and Bridgewater are reportedly working toward a three-year deal thought to be in the $60 million range, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.
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Looking at strong market
QBNew Orleans Saints
February 17, 2020
Bridgewater is expected to have a strong market for his services as an unrestricted free agent this spring, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Quality fill-in option in 2019
QBNew Orleans Saints
January 6, 2020
Bridgewater averaged 241.0 passing yards per game while completing 69.7 percent of his passes and throwing nine touchdowns to just two interceptions in five starts in 2019.
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Moves back to bench
QBNew Orleans Saints
October 26, 2019
Bridgewater, who was starting in place of Drew Brees (thumb), will revert to his backup role with the news that the 40-year-old quarterback will play Sunday, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.
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Waiting on decision
QBNew Orleans Saints
October 25, 2019
Coach Sean Payton suggested he'll wait until Sunday to announce his decision between Bridgewater and Drew Brees (thumb) as the Week 8 starting quarterback against Arizona, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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