Is Kirk Cousins the missing piece for the Minnesota Vikings to become the favorite in the NFC?
Will the Jets moves–Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, Trumaine Johnson, Avery Williamson–lead to more wins in 2018? Is the next step drafting a quarterback in the first round of the draft or passing on a thrower for more sure-fire talent at another position?
The New York Jets are set to make a splash on the first day of free agency after agreeing deals with five players on Tuesday.
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Where will the Giants go to replace a longtime staple in the defensive backfield? With Andrew Norwell taking record money from the Jaguars, where will general manager Dave Gettleman turn to fix the offensive line? Does the signing of Jonathan Stewart indicate that New York wont select Penn State star Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick?
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NFL free agents 2018: What to know about new Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater
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Now that the Jets have landed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater — after they missed out on Kirk Cousins — lets take a look at a few things you need to know about Bridgewater, who will be teamed up in the Jets 2018 quarterback room with Josh McCown and probably also a high draft pick.
On todays podcast Andrew Hershkowitz joins me to discuss the action of the day. Andrew is a frequent podcast guest and has worked for entities like PFF and Bleacher Report in the past. We talk about topics such as Cousins, the signings, and my trip to Trader Joes on the show.
Technically, yes. But in 2013, the Jets drafted Geno Smith in Round 2, and they werent yet ready to give up on Smith when Bridgewater entered the draft in 2014. The Vikings took Bridgewater 32nd overall, and he had success with them rather quickly. The Jets took safety Calvin Pryor 18th overall that year, and he wound up being a bust. Both guys played at Louisville. Funny how things work out.
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During his first two seasons, it looked like Bridgewater was well on his way to being the Vikings long-term quarterback answer. In 2014, he had a solid rookie season — 14 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 85.2 quarterback rating. He made the Pro Bowl in 2015, when he led the Vikings to an 11-5 record, threw 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and had an 88.7 quarterback rating. But then …
Near the end of 2016 training camp, Bridgewater suffered a non-contact knee injury in practice — one of the more devastating injuries in the NFL in recent years. He tore his ACL and dislocated his knee joint. Some observers wondered if he would ever play again. Bridgewater would not play again until Week 15 of the 2017 season. So the injury basically cost him two full years. To no surprise, the Vikings declined, after the 2016 season, to pick up the fifth-year option in his contract. Which is why he became a free agent after 2017.