New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been impressive during OTAs. If he is fully healthy from knee surgery, should they trade him?
New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is a man on a mission this season.
The former Minnesota Viking signed a one year, $6 million deal with the Jets in March and wants to prove he is still a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback. So far during OTA’s, he has shown no ill-effects from his surgically repaired knee and has impressed the organization with his play.
If Bridgewater is fully healthy from the knee surgery that cost him all of 2016 and most of 2017, should the Jets trade the quarterback to a QB-needy team during the preseason?
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To me, there is no clear-cut answer.
Head coach Todd Bowles has come away impressed with Bridgewater’s progression during OTA’s according to NewYorkJets.com contributor Randy Lange. Here is what Bowles had to say about Bridgewater’s progression following Tuesday’s practice:
“Teddy has shown no signs of weakness with the knee. He’s moving around, taking every rep, every snap like everybody else. So he’s progressing, getting better. He’s a tough guy. He feels good, he looks good, he’s moving around good.”
The Jets would be smart to keep Bridgewater around if he can remain healthy throughout training camp because if McCown or Darnold came down with an injury, the Jets would have a serviceable quarterback in Bridgewater.
Also, there is nothing wrong with some good competition. McCown had a career year in 2017 with a passer rating of 94.5 according to Pro Football Focus. However, McCown was lost late in the season due to a broken hand and is trying to regain form like Bridgewater. In a perfect world, the Jets would sit their prized first-round pick Darnold for a year so he can develop properly.
On the other hand, if McCown builds on an excellent 2017 and/or Darnold shows he can become a franchise quarterback quicker than expected, the Jets could trade Bridgewater for a position of need.
Edge rusher and offensive line are major areas the Jets could improve by trading Bridgewater. Either way, Bridgewater is in a win-win situation with the Jets if he is fully healthy. He could possibly become the Jets starting quarterback or impress a QB-needy team during preseason and be named a starter somewhere else.