6 Panthers players with most to prove after the bye week
By Dean Jones
Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers QB
Teddy Bridgewater might be at the stage where he is fighting for his long-term future with the Carlina Panthers. There doesn’t seem to be any doubt he’ll be under center in 2021 due to his contract but if things don’t improve, and quickly, then the speculation is only going to get worse.
Bridgewater was on a hiding to nothing taking this job in Carolina.
The Cam Newton worshippers felt he should’ve been given another shot to prove himself and this ensures that the quarterback is never going to win over certain sections of the Panthers fanbase who felt the 2015 NFL MVP should have been given one more shot after everything he gave to the organization.
That being said, he has to do better than he has of late.
Bridgewater’s limitations were there for all to see coming in, so it shouldn’t be a surprise. However, his level of play just hasn’t been up to the required standard in recent weeks and the Panthers cannot afford to have inconsistent play from their signal-caller during year two of Matt Rhule’s reign.
There will always be those who want to pick holes in Bridgewater’s production. His lack of confidence in getting the ball downfield is always a frustration. But it’s easy to forget this is a team in transition and the free-agent signing didn’t have a normal preseason to hit the ground running.