3 under-the-radar stats from Teddy Bridgewater’s Panthers’ debut

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17.6 percent bad throw percentage

It might have been a good start to Teddy Bridgewater’s career with the Carolina Panthers. But there are some throws he would like to have back, without question.

This can be said of every quarterback finding their feet during the early stages of the season. It is more prevalent this year with no warmup games and this obviously played a part in Bridgewater’s 17.6 percent bad throw percentage, according to Pro Football Reference.

The timing was off on throws to the likes of D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel during the contest. It was undoubtedly frustrating for the signal-caller and the wideouts. But it was hardly a big surprise when one considers they are playing in a new scheme and had little time to prepare.

Getting reps on the practice field is nothing compared to in-game speed, which ramps up significantly compared to anything that took place at training camp. Once Bridgewater familiarises himself further with his potent receiver weapons on the field then the sky is the limit.

Much will depend on how the defense adjusts after a poor performance against the Raiders. But it looks like Bridgewater can keep Carolina competitive with efficient game management and solid distribution.

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His bad throw percentage in five games as the Saints’ starter in 2019 was 11.8 percent. So even though it appears there is much work to be done, one should only become concerned if this stat doesn’t come down considerably by Week 6.