How Teddy Bridgewater blew his chance with the Carolina Panthers

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Why Teddy Bridgewater blew it

This was a huge opportunity for Teddy Bridgewater. He was joining a franchise that was loaded with playmakers, had a stud tackle in Taylor Moton, and two progressive young coaches in Matt Rhule and Joe Brady to steer him in the right direction.

The early signs were positive. Bridgewater came across well and assumed a leadership role quickly during training camp, but it didn’t take long for things to begin to turn following their mini winning streak at the start of the season.

Things might have been different had Christian McCaffrey and Russell Okung played every game. However, a veteran seen as a band-aid option proved to be even worse than that thanks to poor production in the final few games of the campaign.

It was a swing and a miss for Carolina, who will be hoping for better fortune with Sam Darnold even though the rumors regarding their interest in Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields aren’t going away.

Bridgewater will now look to beat out Drew Lock for the starting job in Denver, which is a similar situation to the one he found himself in last year with strong weapons in the passing game and a running back in Melvin Gordon who consistently produces the goods.

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More than a few people saw this scenario playing out. Bridgewater deserved a chance, but to say he didn’t make the most of it would be something of an understatement.