Jets must do whatever it takes to keep Teddy Bridgewater
By Angelina Rizzo
Even though an enticing trade offer would be interesting to consider, the New York Jets should keep quarterback Teddy Bridgewater heading into the regular season.
The New York Jets quarterback situation has an extra added boost since Sam Darnold was added, however, with an aging Josh McCown the only other quarterback in the mix, Teddy Bridgewater provides a needed backup. Let’s face it, McCown is one option in case Darnold needs more time. Now, what if he goes down with an injury? Do we throw Darnold back out there?
The reasonable and safe thing to do would be to insert Bridgewater. This is why it’s essential that the Jets hold onto him because Darnold should not be rushed into carrying this team when he could learn at a nice more relaxed pace from both McCown and Bridgewater.
Trading Bridgewater will get nothing done. What we need is the quarterback situation to be stable. Providing two stable backup options is by far the safest thing to be done in that department. Why throw one away, making that department a ton weaker and vulnerable once again?
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Bridgewater has had his share of an injury-plagued past. It is great that the Jets saw a comeback potential within him, and he looks ready to help when needed. He may not be a starting quarterback, as the Darnold era is the main focus, but both McCown and Bridgewater have a specific role in his growth and progression.
They know at any time they can also take over and/or start If they are needed, but they know they both have limited starting expectations due to the upcoming Darnold era.
It’s time to sharpen the skills that they have, and give that experience to Darnold. That does not mean to not work hard as if they are not going to start, just knowing that the focus is clearly on the youth.
All in all, the Jets know that they cannot afford to have the quarterback situation weakened at any given point this upcoming season. Trading away Bridgewater would create a hole, which may or not be filled appropriately and in the right frame of time or even by the right person. Bridgewater still has many things to offer the Jets, and his presence is vital to Darnold and McCown. The Jets should simply not trade him due to everything he brings to the team.