The New York Jets took a chance when they acquired quarterback Teddy Bridgewater this offseason. Not only is he very excited about this huge opportunity but has the potential to surprise many if everything falls into place.
Before his devastating knee/leg injury that sidelined him for close to two entire seasons, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was a player on the rise. He was able to hit all the throws, be a leader in the locker room, and extend plays with ease and precision. Unfortunately, after his freak accident of an injury, he found himself on the outside looking in. The Minnesota Vikings parted ways with him this offseason and the New York Jets scooped him up rather quickly.
Bridgewater was brought in on a low-risk, high reward kind of contract that the Jets control all the cards in. This is basically an opportunity for Bridgewater to get into a training camp and once he’s medically cleared to resume football activities, hopefully, be able to compete and earn a spot on the Jets final roster. If not, he’ll likely be released if things don’t work out.
It won’t be easy but Bridgewater is a fierce competitor with a good head on his shoulders as he understands what is at stake here. Thankfully, the Jets were a team that knew he pretty much had a 50 percent chance of coming back without missing a beat. If they can get the same player that led the Vikings to the NFL Playoffs just three years ago, it’s a risk worth taking.
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Bridgewater is undoubtedly excited about this opportunity and how the Jets are shaping up this offseason. In an article written by Jeff Greer and Gentry Estes of Courier Journal, here is what he said about everything:
“I’m very excited about moving forward and this opportunity I have,” Bridgewater recently told Courier Journal. “This team, they’re putting all the pieces together to have something special. I look at it as a second opportunity. Sometimes things don’t come around twice. I’m appreciative to get that.”
Bridgewater might not be ready to compete in training camp until a week or so into it but once he can, one better believe he will do everything and anything it takes to prove his worth. Since the Jets have named veteran quarterback Josh McCown the starter heading into training camp, all quarterbacks will have an opportunity to compete in order to dethrone him.
Besides Bridgewater, newly drafted Sam Darnold, as well as Christian Hackenberg, all figure to be in the mix as well. Bridgewater will have his work cut out for him but if he’s able to come back as if he never missed a beat, he will be a pleasant surprise all summer long and possibly be the next starting quarterback of the Jets.