Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is the ultimate wild card for the New York Jets as he prepares for his first training camp with the team.
At this point in time, the New York Jets have three quarterbacks on the roster ready to compete for the starting spot and perhaps the final roster. Quarterback Josh McCown has been confirmed by head coach Todd Bowles that he’ll be the starter going into training camp but that could change depending on how the open competition goes down.
Besides newly drafted quarterback Sam Darnold, the Jets took a chance on Teddy Bridgewater via free agency with the hope that he could turn into something special. Either he’ll surprise many this summer and prove he can be a starter for the Jets or do enough for the franchise to consider trading him to bolster other areas on the roster.
Here’s Bridgewater’s full profile as he prepares for his first training camp with the Jets.
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2017 SEASON REVIEW
Bridgewater didn’t start a single game last season for the Minnesota Vikings as he was still recovering from a severe knee injury he suffered a few years ago. It took him almost two full years to recover but he was able to successfully return to the gridiron last year. He played in garbage time and didn’t complete a single pass but regardless, it was a huge success to see him able to walk back onto the field and play again.
2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
If the Jets keep Bridgewater for the upcoming season, it’ll either be because he’s earned the starting spot or simply is worth keeping around as insurance for either McCown or Darnold. It’s hard to predict who will ultimately be the Week 1 starter for the Jets but if the organization feels it’s better to be safe than sorry, they’ll keep Bridgewater around just in case.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Expect to see Bridgewater make the final roster of the Jets once training camp is in the books. If Bridgewater plays lights out football during training camp and especially during preseason action, there is a very good chance the Jets will trade him to get players or draft picks in return for his services.
That is, of course, only if the Jets feel the tandem of McCown/Darnold is more than enough quarterbacks on the roster to win a lot of football games in 2018. If Darnold ends up being everything he’s expected to be and then some, it could very well make Bridgewater expendable with the Jets having the rookie start and McCown be his veteran backup.