4 Carolina Panthers who could be affected most by no preseason

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater
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Carolina Panthers Player No. 1: Teddy Bridgewater (QB)

There is little doubting the immense pressure that Teddy Bridgewater is under in 2020. The Carolina Panthers invested a lot in making him their quarterback of the future. And he will need to deliver from the outset.

Few would argue that Bridgewater is not deserving of such an opportunity. The player almost lost his career and leg during a freak training camp injury with the Minnesota Vikings. And he has worked exceptionally hard to get another starting spot.

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Not having a preseason has the potential to do the signal-caller more harm than good. He is already going to be under tremendous scrutiny playing in the wake of an iconic player in Cam Newton. And if Bridgewater starts poorly, it will not take long for the Panthers’ to voice their displeasure.

One thing Bridgewater does have going for him is a previous relationship with offensive coordinator Joe Brady. The pair worked together during their time with the New Orleans Saints. But developing chemistry with a gifted wide receiver group will need time that the former first-round pick just doesn’t have.

The player’s cohesion with center Matt Paradis is another crucial element to Bridgewater’s chances of making an instant impression. The former first-round pick will also need to work on timing with his All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey. So it is important he makes every training camp session count.