Teddy Bridgewater is having a better season than you think

(Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports) Teddy Bridgewater
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Teddy Bridgewater
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Teddy Bridgewater has more passing yards than:

  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Tom Brady
  • Deshaun Watson
  • Kyler Murray
  • Joe Burrow

Teddy Bridgewater’s previous relationship with Joe Brady from their time together with the New Orleans Saints has allowed him to hit the ground running despite a disrupted offseason. The quarterback looked like a good scheme fit coming into the Carolina Panthers and has made full use of the outstanding weapons at his disposal through nine games.

The former first-round pick has amassed 2,416 passing yards this season, which is ranked No. 5 in the NFL. Only Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Matt Ryan have more, and considering how much praise those players get on the whole, Bridgewater’s relative lack of media exposure can be seen as a slight.

There is a lot to like about the way Bridgewater conducts himself on the field. He does get criticized for not taking enough shots downfield but the fact of the matter is that the Panthers are doing just fine with their current scheme.

It’s not like Bridgewater can’t make these throws. We’ve seen that this season. But Carolina’s wideouts get open quickly and this enables the Louisville product to get the ball out quickly and move the chains.

He’s never going to be seen as a gunslinger like Mahomes. But that doesn’t mean Bridgewater isn’t effective in his own way.