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Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Date of Birth:  11/10/1992
Age:  26
Height  6'2"
Weight:   215
College:  Louisville
Drafted:  2014 | Round 1 | Pick 32
Depth Chart:  2nd string

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Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater is re-signing with the Saints.

Bridgewater just tweeted "'Run it back Turbo..'" with a picture of him from this past season in New Orleans, and now reports confirm that he is indeed remaining with the Saints as Drew Brees' backup. While the Dolphins would've given Bridgewater a real opportunity to start in 2019, the former first-round pick is clearly hoping to take over for Brees at some point. This is great all-around for both Bridgewater and the Saints, as the team might have the best backup quarterback situation in football (including both Bridgewater and Swiss Army Knife Taysom Hill), and they have their quarterback of the future in place for whenever the future Hall of Famer Brees retires. For fantasy purposes, Bridgewater is an excellent hold in dynasty leagues if you have room on your roster.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater, Saints lose to the Panthers, 33-14.

Bridgewater was 14/22 for 118 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, also adding four carries for 12 yards. Teddy drew the start and saw all the snaps at quarterback since New Orleans had the No. 1 seed locked up, but even with Michael Thomas in the lineup, the offense struggled. Bridgewater remains probably the best backup in the league as the Saints will look to make a Super Bowl run.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater will start at quarterback for the Saints in Week 17.

While the Saints are locked into the No. 1 seed in the NFC, this is a slight surprise considering there might be some concern about rust becoming a factor with two straight weeks without a game, but Drew Brees obviously has plenty of experience and should be locked-in come January. We've long believed Bridgewater is an excellent quarterback that is a very good starting-caliber player in the league, so it'll be fun to see him play on Sunday. Taysom Hill might also get some time as more of a traditional quarterback, which will also be fun. Bridgewater is not a highly-recommended fantasy option with titles on the line, be he'll probably play well for the Saints. This is Bridgewater's first start since the 2015 season, so this weekend could be an emotional moment after his 2016 season and time as the starter in Minnesota came to an end after a very serious knee injury suffered just before that season.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

The Saints are trading for Teddy Bridgewater, according to multiple reports.

Bridgewater signed with the Jets on a one-year deal in free agency, but it sounds like New Orleans might have just traded for their quarterback of the future. This preseason, Teddy has completed 28-of-38 passes (73.7%) for 316 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in three games with New York while looking like the first-round pick we saw coming out of Louisville. New Orleans could just be trading for a one-year rental as Drew Brees' backup, but Sean Payton most likely views Bridgewater—who doesn't turn 26 until November—as a potential successor. He obviously won't have redraft value in 2018 barring injury, but savvy dynasty owners might be wise to get Bridgewater now, as he could eventually put up big-time numbers if he's handed the keys to Payton's offense.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater officially signed with the Jets.

Because the team hadn’t officially announced the Bridgewater signing yet, and yesterday they traded up to No. 3 in the draft to presumably draft a quarterback, there was a slight question mark about the situation. However, Bridgewater is officially a Jet, and he’ll work with Josh McCown to help the team’s potential rookie quarterback get comfortable in the NFL. It’s possible the Jets have a wide-open quarterback competition this summer, so it’s unclear if Bridgewater will have any fantasy value in 2018.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

The Jets are signing Teddy Bridgewater to a one-year, $15 million deal, according to Ian Rapoport.

It reportedly has incentives to hit the max $15 million mark, but this is a very nice deal for Bridgewater, and it indicates the Jets anticipate him being their starting quarterback. More weapons around Bridgewater would help his individual statistics and fantasy value, but he'll immediately deliver a tough and poise option that should help Todd Bowles and company win games. Consider Bridgewater a QB2 for fantasy purposes at the moment.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater intends to sign a one-year contract with the Jets tomorrow, according to ESPN's Christ Mortensen.

It was reported earlier in the day by multiple people that Bridgewater was discussing a deal with the Jets, and it looks like he'll be signing the dotted line tomorrow. The Jets already re-signed Josh McCown earlier in the day, so they'll now have an awesome veteran to go along with the 25-year-old Bridgewater, who was previously Minnesota's franchise quarterback until his unfortunate knee injury just before the 2016 season. This could turn into a quarterback competition, with a rookie potentially thrown into the mix as well, but we expect Bridgewater to emerge as the Week 1 starter. McCown is a very underrated quarterback, though, and it wouldn't be surprising if he ended up winning the starting job over Teddy.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater "definitely" sees himself as a starter in 2018.

Bridgewater said there is "no question" when asked about it by reporters, but he added it might not be in Minnesota. Obviously, you would expect nothing less than a competitor like Bridgewater, who's had his last two years derailed by the knee injury suffered in practice before the start of the 2016 regular season. The quarterback situation for Minnesota is very much up in the air, with Bridgewater, Sam Bradford, and Case Keenum all set to become free agents; it'll probably be the most interesting situation to watch this offseason. We certainly believe Bridgewater is a very good starting option despite not having played meaningful football for over two years, and it wouldn't be surprising if the Vikings opted to keep him as their starter for 2018.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater is inactive for the Divisional Round.

With Sam Bradford officially activated off injured reserve, Bridgewater is not active for the playoff game against the Saints. Considering Bridgewater only appeared briefly in one game over the last two years, this was expected. If the Vikings are eliminated today, it'll be interesting to see what happens this offseason with Bridgewater, who could still end up being the team's starter next season.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater makes his long-awaited return to the field in blowout win.

Bridgewater was 0/2 with an interception, but it was the first time he played since 2015, and it's great to see him come all the way back from a serious knee injury that left his career in question. Teddy B likely isn't going to play in the postseason barring a Case Keenum injury, but he should be ready if the opportunity knocks.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater (knee) has been activated to the 53-man roster.

It's an amazing comeback for Bridgewater, who suffered a very serious knee injury over 14 months ago and is now back and able to play for the Vikings. Case Keenum is expected to remain the starter while the team is rolling, but Bridgewater has shown he can play at a very high level and would almost certainly start if Keenum struggles. Bridgewater has great pocket presence, accuracy, and extreme toughness, and it'll be fun to watch when he's back on the field. Remember, Bridgewater would've had a playoff win over Seattle in 2015 if not for a missed field goal at the end, and he's won some big games in college at Louisville. Minnesota should—and probably does—have confidence in Bridgewater if they turn to him this year, even though he hasn't played in a non-preseason game for nearly two years.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater (knee) could return as early as Week 10, according to Ian Rapoport.

Bridgewater is practicing fully with the team, but he obviously needs some time after not doing so for 14 months. The Vikings have a bye in Week 9, so they might have a decision to make about their starting quarterback at that time. Case Keenum is playing well right now in relief of Sam Bradford, so he's an option if he keeps it up. And of course Sam Bradford could be close to 100% recovered from his knee injury by that time. This quarterback situation is totally up in the air.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater (knee) has been activated off the PUP list.

This is great, great news, as Bridgewater has been fully cleared to being practicing with the team after a gruesome knee injury during practice 14 months ago. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says Bridgewater won’t be taken off the PUP left, but they have 21 days to do that. He’ll practice Wednesday and it’d be a major shock if he played this week, but it definitely looks like Teddy will be ready to play within the next few weeks. This complicates things with Minnesota’s quarterback situation, as now Sam Bradford might be in a race to get healthy before Bridgewater does. Though ultimately, they might decide to stick with Keenum as the starter until Bradford is back, given Bridgewater hasn’t played a game in well over a year. It’s a good problem to have, and hopefully both Bridgewater and Bradford can be 100% and ready to go so the team can make a decision at that point.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

The Vikings are officially placing Teddy Bridgewater on the PUP, according to Tom Pelissero.

It was reported yesterday that this move was expected. Bridgewater will miss the first six weeks of the season, but he can focus completely on finishing up his recovery and hopefully getting to 100%. If Bridgewater is good to go after six weeks, he'll very likely take over as the backup behind starter Sam Bradford. It sure will be great if and when Bridgewater is back for the Vikings after his devastating knee injury last year.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater is expected to begin the season on the PUP, according to Ian Rapoport.

This isn't a surprise, as Bridgewater is still getting to 100% after his terrible knee injury around this time last year and they aren't rushing things. If Bridgewater is on the PUP, he won't be able to practice with the team for six weeks. This does allow Minnesota to have another roster spot on their 53-man roster, so that helps as well. Rapoport also notes that the team has not ruled out Bridgewater returning this season—but Sam Bradford is locked in as the starter after playing great last season and entering his second year with the team. However, if the offensive line isn't better for the Vikings this season, it might be difficult for Bradford (or anyone) to stay healthy.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater has been placed on the Vikings PUP list.

Bridgewater is still getting back to 100% from his devastating knee injury about 11 months ago. Because Sam Bradford is locked in as the starter, Minnesota is going to take it slow with Teddy. This also indirectly helps avoids any controversy about who the starting quarterback should be, as some fans might clamor for Bridgewater—who has been a beloved player in Minnesota since he was drafted in 2013—despite how well Bradford played last season. Starter Sam Bradford should be locked in and ready to go, and he could have a big season if the offensive line protects him.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Mike Zimmer thinks Teddy Bridgewater will start training camp on the PUP list.

The Vikings head coach was asked about Bridgewater, and didn't seem to have or want to give much information. Zimmer said he knows Bridgewater is improving, but he hadn't seen him yet (the team is just arriving at training camp). When asked if Teddy will start on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Zimmer said, "I think so. But again, I haven't seen him." With Sam Bradford healthy and locked in as the starter after a full offseason, Minnesota is going to take it slow with Bridgewater after his very bad knee injury late last summer. Everything has seemed positive around Bridgewater, however, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him on the practice field soon.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater posts pictures of him working out without a knee brace.

Bridgewater had been working out with a knee brace, and this should be another big step towards being declared 100%. The young quarterback is probably pushing to get cleared by the team for training camp so he can compete for the starting job, but the Vikings are likely to be very careful. While everyone should be rooting for Teddy B to get healthy and be the same player he was before the injury, Sam Bradford—who played great last season and has gotten a full offseason with the team—will almost certainly be the starter for Minnesota this season.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer returned to the Vikings impressed with Teddy Bridgewater's recovery.

Zimmer missed a couple weeks after undergoing another eye procedure, so he was away from the team and didn't see Bridgewater everday. The Vikings head coach said he returned and the improvements have been noticeable to Zimmer, saying that Bridgewater is moving "quite a bit better" than when he last saw him, in his opinion. Zimmer also said that Bridgewater is "very impatient" and wants to get back on the field, which is understandable. But the Vikings aren't going to let him be full-go until he's 100% recovered. Don't be surprised if it happens at some point before the regular season, but Sam Bradford is getting a full offseason with the team and will be the starter this season.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Vikings GM Rick Spielman says Teddy Bridgewater is very limited in what he can do and has a doctor's appointment today.

Spielman said Bridgewater can do dropbacks and handoffs, but not real practice yet. He wouldn't say if Bridgewater is ahead of schedule in his recovery. Perhaps the doctor's appointment today will be about whether or not Bridgewater can increase his activity level. It's still a great sign that Bridgewater was on the field throwing some passes yesterday, considering people weren't sure he would be able to play again after his devastating injury last year.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater participated on a limited basis in Vikings' OTAs today.

Bridgewater continues to rehab in his return from a bad knee injury, but he—while sporting a knee brace—looks to be moving pretty good. The video of Bridgewater dropping back and making some throws can be seen in the link below. Bridgewater is a highly-motivated individual, and he wants to get back on the field with his team. The presence of quarterback Sam Bradford, who played outstanding last season, complicates things. It's looking like Bridgewater will definitely be able to suit up at some point this season, maybe earlier than expected.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is "probably more optimistic" now than ever about Teddy Bridgewater's health.

Zimmer did also say that "he still has a long way to go" in his recovery. The Vikings really like Bridgewater, and they should. They're in a very good situation with Sam Bradford at quarterback with Bridgewater recovering. The great news is that it looks like Bridgewater will be able to play football again, something that was not clear months ago.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

The Vikings are not picking up Teddy Bridgwater's fifth-year option, according to Tom Pelissero.

With Bridgewater not fully recovered form his devastating knee injury, this is not a surprise. Pelissero stresses that Bridgewater has not had any sort of setback, and that the most likely scenario is Bridgewater starting the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which would keep him out for the first six weeks of the season. Sam Bradford will be the Vikings' starter this season, and they'll likely evaluate the quarterback situation after the season, when Bridgewater and Bradford are both due to be free agents.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

The Vikings are not expected to pick up Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option, according to Adam Schefter.

This is not surprising. Bridgewater is still working his way back from his knee injury, and it wouldn't make sense to guarantee his 2018 salary with Sam Bradford on the roster. The Vikings could still re-sign Bridgewater, and Schefter says not picking up the option doesn't rule that out.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said there is no timeline on Teddy Bridgewater, but he "wouldn't put it past that kid how quickly he can come back."

Bridgewater seems to be working very hard to recover from his terrible knee injury suffered very late in the preseason last year. Bridgewater has been working with the team, but because he's not yet 100%, there is no doubt Sam Bradford—who can get in a full offseason—will be the starter in 2017.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

At the coaches breakfast at the NFL Owners Meetings, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said "I don't want [Teddy] going somewhere else."

Zimmer said it isn't even worth having a discussion about the future at quarterback until Bridgewater if healthy. Of course, they have Sam Bradford, who just set the NFL record for completion percentage last season behind an offensive line that struggled mightily, on the team. Bradford is healthy and will get in a full offseason and training camp, so he is very, very likely to start in 2017. But with Bridgewater getting healthy, they'll have two franchise quarterbacks on the roster.

Teddy Bridgewater | Saints QB

Teddy Bridgewater posts video of him dropping back to pass; then makes Instagram account private.

Bridgewater had a brace on his left knee. It's obviously a great sign if this is a current video, which is likely is. It's sounded like Bridgewater would not be ready for this season, but perhaps he's coming along better than has been indicated. If Bridgewater is somehow 100% before the season, it'd create an interesting situation with two very good quarterbacks on the roster. Sam Bradford is fully expected to start in 2017. The link to the video of Bridgewater throwing is in the article below, as his Instagram is now on private.

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