Can Bridgewater bounce back from a devastating knee injury to be the quarterback the Jets need?
The Vikings drafted Teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 draft with the expectation that he would be a long-term answer at quarterback. A gruesome knee injury changed that, and now Bridgewater will get a fresh start with the Jets when he signs with them as a free agent on Wednesday, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
Bridgewater was one of the more intriguing quarterbacks who hit free agency this offseason. His ceiling is high and he showed promise before the injury that kept him sidelined for the better part of two full seasons. But he only played a handful of snaps last year, leaving plenty of questions about what type of player the Jets are actually getting.
The team also re-signed Josh McCown on a one-year deal, so if Bridgewater isn’t totally healthy, they have a safety net. Bridgewater, if he wants to start right away, will likely have to beat McCown in training camp.
What does Bridgewater bring to the Jets?
Bridgewater showed promise in his first two seasons in the NFL. But Bridgewater was good, not great.
In his rookie season, Bridgewater finished with 2,919 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 picks in 12 starts. He followed that up with 3,231 yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine picks when he started every game for the Vikings in 2015. Part of the issue was the offensive line. Bridgewater was playing behind the 28th-ranked line in 2014 and the 25th-ranked line in 2015. Those units allowed a total of 91 sacks on Bridgewater over those two seasons.
If Bridgewater is healthy and if the offensive line can keep him upright, he should be a solid addition.
Are there any concerns with Bridgewater?
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