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It might be best to keep Teddy Bridgewater no matter what

By Luis Tirado Jr.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 20: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Minnesota Vikings takes the field against the Chicago Bears in the second quarter on December 20, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 20: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Minnesota Vikings takes the field against the Chicago Bears in the second quarter on December 20, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets haven’t had this good of a situation at quarterback in years. In the grand scheme of things, it might be best they keep all three players around, especially Teddy Bridgewater no matter what.

At this point in time, the New York Jets have three quarterbacks ready to prove their worth and push the envelope for the franchise. The quarterback situation of the Jets is filled with two good veterans in Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater with a young rookie in Sam Darnold being groomed for the future.

As always, there will be an open competition at quarterback all throughout training camp and preseason action to determine which player put the Jets in the best position to win a lot of football games. Head coach Todd Bowles, based on his tenure so far with the Jets, prefers to go with veterans over younger players the majority of times at quarterback.

McCown is the starting quarterback entering training camp but anything can change between now and the end of it. Ideally, the Jets could be inclined to see how Bridgewater continues to progress throughout the summer and entertain offers of others teams to acquire his services.

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It’s no secret that Bridgewater has been the talk of the offseason as he’s been thriving during organized team activities and mandatory minicamp. It’s a feel-good story of one incredible comeback by a player that used to be a very good quarterback on the rise.

The Jets, who could be enticed to trade Bridgewater to address other areas on the roster if he continues to get attention from other teams, might want to keep him around in the long run. This is mostly due to the uncertainty that is still around their quarterback situation since a number of issues could arise.

What happens if McCown gets hurt? What if Darnold isn’t ready yet and has major issues in his transition to the pros? What if Bridgewater is better than both quarterbacks? At the end of the day, more options are better than fewer ones as at least with Bridgewater, he has started before and also NFL Playoff experience during his time with the Minnesota Vikings.

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For all we know, Bridgewater could end up being the best quarterback for the Jets and make it a no-brainer to actually have him start the regular season under center. Never say never since Bridgewater is a man determined to prove that he hasn’t missed a beat from his horrific knee injury just a few years ago. If not, at least he’s quality depth in case something unforeseen happens and the Jets are stuck between a rock and a hard place with the most important position on the team.

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