Will Teddy Bridgewater quarterback the Carolina Panthers in 2020?
The Carolina Panthers are undergoing a changing of the guard from top to bottom after new owner David Tepper took over two seasons ago. After sticking with coach Ron Rivera through a second half collapse in 2018, Tepper elected to make a change once the Panthers began a similar downfall last season.
Ultimately, Carolina dropped their final eight games as Rivera was relieved of his duties and even more personnel changes have ensued. The Panthers hired Baylor coach Matt Rhule but who he will have under center in 2020 remains to be seen. Quarterback Cam Newton played just two games last year and expectations are the franchise may move on from the former No. 1 overall pick soon.
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Pro Football Focus believes this is a likely scenario and has tabbed Carolina as a landing spot for NFC South divisional rival Teddy Bridgewater. Backing up Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints for the past two years, Bridgewater started five games in 2019 with an undefeated record.
A first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2014, Bridgewater suffered a ‘horribly grotesque’ knee injury in 2016 but has since proven capable of bouncing back and performing at a high level. While Newton’s recent rash of injuries may not be as serious, he too faces an uphill climb while attempting to play at an MVP level.
Bridgewater tossed nine touchdowns against just two interceptions while starting for the Saints last year. Earning victories over Seattle, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Chicago in Brees’ absence, his ability to protect the football and put teams in a position to win could be a boost for Carolina in the event Newton’s not re-signed.
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