Panthers: 3 problems Teddy Bridgewater must overcome in 2020

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What are the three biggest problems awaiting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the Carolina Panthers in 2020?

The Carolina Panthers made a real statement of intent with the signing of free-agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The popular figure will now be tasked with leading the franchise through a period of transition under new head coach Matt Rhule.

This represents a significant vote of confidence in Bridgewater’s ability to make another go of starting in the NFL. He signed a three-year, $63 million deal that included a $15 million signing bonus and $33 million guaranteed. And this will come with its own pressure going forward.

Things will not be easy for Bridgewater or the Panthers in 2020. They come up against some tough-looking opponents on the schedule and also have two legitimate Super Bowl contenders residing in the NFC South. How the player gets on could have huge ramifications surrounding his long-term future with the organization.

If Bridgewater doesn’t perform to expectations, the Panthers might consider the option of drafting a quarterback if they end up with a top-end pick. The likes of Trevor Lawrence, Trey Lance and Justin Fields all have the potential to be franchise-changing players. And the temptation for Carolina might be too much to resist.

Everything looks in place for the former first-round pick to make a real statement during his first year under center. The Panthers are loaded with offensive weapons, have an All-Pro running back in Christian McCaffrey, and a progressive new offensive coordinator in Joe Brady.

However, Bridgewater does have some obstacles to overcome in Carolina in 2020. Here are three things to keep an eye on that could have a detrimental impact on the player’s chances.