Projections for top Panthers players on offense at midseason point
By Dean Jones
Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers QB
- 4,212 passing yards
- 18 touchdowns
- 12 interceptions
- 71.6 completion percentage
Teddy Bridgewater came into the 2020 season under the biggest of microscopes. The Carolina Panthers chose him as the man to replace iconic quarterback Cam Newton, who was released amid plenty of fury from the team’s fanbase who worshipped the 2015 NFL MVP from the moment he entered the league.
There has been some good and some bad regarding Bridgewater’s production through the first half of the campaign. His ability to command the line of scrimmage has been a key component of his success. But the signal-caller has failed to come through when it’s mattered most in close games.
If Bridgewater can rectify this problem against some tough opposition going forward, it will do his chances of silencing the doubters an incredible amount of good. The former first-round pick is still on course for a 4,000-yard campaign and a career-high completion percentage. But there is little doubt he needs to start taking a few more risks to get the most out of the playmakers at his disposal.
Getting Christian McCaffrey alongside him in the backfield is another vital element that could improve his production. The jury is still out with some regarding his ability to be the Panthers’ long-term starter. But considering the extremely disrupted preseason due to COVID-19, it’s been an encouraging start from which to build.