Should Teddy Bridgewater be worried about P.J. Walker’s debut?

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Comparing Teddy Bridgewater and P.J. Walker

There isn’t much to go off in terms of meaningful tape from P.J. Walker’s perspective at the next level. The player built a strong relationship with head coach Matt Rhule during their time together in college and he has clearly put the confidence gained from a starring stint in the XFL to good use with the Carolina Panthers.

Walker has a tremendous arm – something which is showcased against a suspect Detroit secondary last weekend. He also possesses mobility in abundance to make plays on the move when things aren’t quite developing as expected.

He did come up short in the red zone with two interceptions which thankfully didn’t have any impact on the overall outcome. But that wouldn’t have been the case against better opposition.

Teddy Bridgewater has been solid if not spectacular for the Panthers in 2020 after signing a three-year, $64 million deal with a $15 million signing bonus and $33 million guaranteed this offseason. There have been plenty of nice moments with the odd bad game thrown in, but the jury is still out as to whether he can become the long-term answer and take this team back to serious postseason contention.

Bridgewater has completed 72.1 percent of his passes on his way to 2,552 yards, 13 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 7.7 yards-per-attempt, and a 69.2 grade from Pro Football Focus. However, his inability to come through in clutch moments in close games has been a glaring deficiency.