Teddy Bridgewater already taking over leadership role
Starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been laying the groundwork to establish himself as a true leader in his first season with the Carolina Panthers.
Bridgewater talked about the importance of being ready to step up at any moment with backup quarterbacks Will Grier and P.J. Walker. This, of course, is something that Teddy has recent experience with since he filled in for All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees last season when he missed five games due to injury.
"I was behind Drew Brees, pretty sure he never missed a game. 'Man, I'll never play' - that was my mindset. You can always talk the talk, 'I'll be ready when my number's called.' But you never know until that opportunity presents itself." The former first-round pick said.
The Saints lost the game that Brees was injured in 27-9 to the Rams. Bridgewater more than made up for it, however, going 5-0 in the five games following the starting quarterback's thumb injury.
The relationship between starting quarterbacks and backup quarterbacks can often be a strange one. It is nice to see that Bridgewater has chosen to put the team above himself and help prepare the guys behind him in case he were to miss some time this season.