The New York Jets currently have three quarterbacks vying for the Week 1 starting job: first-round pick Sam Darnold, incumbent starter Josh McCown, and wild card addition Teddy Bridgewater.
Once the Jets quarterback battle shakes out, one of the two veterans is going to become expendable. The best bet is probably Bridgewater, as McCown is the more proven commodity right now.
According to ESPN‘s Rich Cimini, pretty much all options are still open for the former Louisville superstar. You can’t rule him out in the race to be the starter, but a Teddy Bridgewater trade is also on the table.
In an article today, Cimini addressed the Jets quarterback situation, and Bridgewater specifically. He says that he has looked very good as a Jets so far.
5. Can Bridgewater steal the job?
Sure can. The former Minnesota Vikings starter, two years removed from a gruesome knee injury, was the talk of the spring at One Jets Drive. His command of the offense and winning personality really impressed his new teammates. Bridgewater moved well in noncontact drills, showing the ability to throw on the run — a key element in Bates’ offense.
But can his surgically repaired knee withstand the week-to-week rigors of the position? We won’t know that until he gets hit in the preseason, if then. If Bridgewater checks all the boxes, he can run off with the starting job if Darnold isn’t ready.
One section later, Cimini also writes that a Teddy Bridgewater trade could be in the cards as well.
6. Could Bridgewater get traded?
Yes, the Jets are open to it, but it hinges on a few factors. Namely: Is there a market for him? Right now, the answer is no, but that could change with one injury in the preseason. In 2016, the Eagles were prepared to go into the season with Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel and Wentz, but they traded Bradford to the Vikings, who needed an injury replacement for — wait for it — Bridgewater.
Bridgewater could be deemed expendable if Darnold wins the job. In that scenario, why keep all three? They’d be paying Bridgewater and McCown a total of $16 million to sit on the bench.
Bridgewater’s brief return to the field for the Vikings was an awesome moment last season. Wherever he ends up playing in 2018, it will be almost impossible to root against him.