Progress report and grades for Panthers offense through Week 4

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Carolina Panthers QBs

  • Grade: B+

All eyes were on Teddy Bridgewater going into the 2020 season. The Carolina Panthers bet big that he could lead them through this expected period of transition and the early signs are positive regarding his chances of making a real go of this opportunity.

One could argue that three of Bridgewater’s four games as a starter in Carolina have been positive. His disappointing performance at the Buccaneers aside, the signal-caller has been an asset as he looks to fill the enormous void left by Cam Newton.

Bridgewater is never going to do the sort of things that the 2015 NFL MVP showed with the Panthers. He probably knows that himself, but the player’s ability to move the chains, providing an accurate distributing presence under center, and making plays on the fly when required is something that has had a huge impact on the organization.

The former first-round pick has completed 73 percent of his passes through four weeks, which is almost 7% more than his career average. Bridgewater has thrown for 1,148 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions, in addition to a dazzling running score in their triumph against the Cardinals.

He is also evolving into a locker room leader, which is another big boost. Bridgewater has an enormous amount going for him and hopefully, this positive level of consistency is a trend that can continue long into the future.

Backup options Will Grier and P.J. Walker haven’t seen any action as yet, with the duo alternating as the No. 2 option depending on the matchup.