Did Teddy Bridgewater help or hinder the Panthers in Week 3?

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater
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Areas that Teddy Bridgewater can improve

Despite Teddy Bridgewater’s accurate performance in their triumph at the Los Angeles Chargers, there are some areas of the player’s game that need to get better as the season progresses.

One notable problem that the Carolina Panthers faced was their inability to successfully convert third downs. This put additional pressure on their defense to come up with stops, which they managed to do thanks to a much-improved performance in terms of generating pressure and discipline.

The Panthers were just 3-12 in their third-down conversion rate on the day, which isn’t good enough. Some of the play-calling from offensive coordinator Joe Brady was head-scratching, to say the least. And the Chargers’ pass-rush did manage to disrupt Bridgewater at key stages of the game.

Carolina only managed three points in the second half. So it was no surprise that Bridgewater lauded his defensive teammates following the win.

Bridgewater’s lack of conviction taking shots down the field is something else that limits the offense on occasion. One only has to look at his big play to No. 1 wideout D.J. Moore to see that he is capable, but having more courage to take risks has the potential to bring the best out of his weapons.

This is a period of transition for Bridgewater. No preseason games during the preparation period have left the signal-caller using the initial stages of the regular season to build timing, which isn’t ideal. So we might see more in the way of deep throws once he is confident enough to do so.