New York Jets newcomer Teddy Bridgewater trending up and “turning heads” in camp means much more than a simple quarterback battle.
Listen, it’s still early. It’s so incredibly early during this process that nothing should come with waves of overreactions.
We all know that’s impossible.
As it pertains to the league that leaves fans always craving more—shorter schedules, fewer games, etc.—overreactions are part of the business.
“For him to keep his optimism and continue to battle, I respect the s— out of that,” wide receiver Kearse said. “Can’t have nothing but respect for that.”
Bridgewater, 25, is still in the midst of an NFL comeback. After a solid rookie season and more impressive sophomore campaign in 2015 (earning him a Pro Bowl nod), Bridgewater’s devastating leg injury during August 2016 (that nearly cost him his leg) has proved costly.
He’s played in just one game over the last two seasons. Coming in mop-up duty a year ago, finishing 0-2 from the pocket is all Teddy’s been able to experience since his breakout.
Mike Maccagnan took a shot—a low-risk, high-reward shot that needs to be completely understood.
Bridgewater “turning heads” like he currently is during Jets voluntary workouts will come off as a potential three-way starting QB battle all summer long. Forget that nonsense. Whether Bridgewater or Josh McCown beat out the rook this August, the last laugh is already cemented. Sam Darnold is the guy.
The important thing to note pertaining to the Louisville product is that this franchise, the very same one who’s been on a rabid search for the next Joe Namath while remaining quarterback-less, is suddenly stocked at the position.
It’s a notion that Jets fandom simply can’t fathom.
Employing three quarterbacks who can actually start come Week 1 is a thought that’d actually send Jets fans to football heaven. Strategically, flipping Bridgewater is what’s important and Maccagnan always held on to this possibility.
“When they made a one-year, low-cost investment in Bridgewater, they did so with the belief that he could be flipped for a draft pick under the right circumstances. That’s still on the table; his trade value is trending upward. Or they could decide to keep him because, if he stays healthy, he might be the best quarterback on the team in 2018.”
Just imagine the Jets recouping some of the assets lost via the Darnold trade through the Bridgewater signing while still employing two capable starting quarterbacks.
It’s a very real thought in Florham Park, New Jersey right now. Let’s just see if Teddy Bridgewater can keep it going once the contact begins.