For a few weeks, most of the discussion about a potential Deshaun Watson trade was centered on the Carolina Panthers. Whatever happens, it doesn’t seem like the team is super keen on moving forward with Teddy Bridgewater as QB1.
Bridgewater, who backed up Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints the year before, threw for 3,733 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in 15 2020 games. His 69.1-completion percentage was a career high, but his touchdown rate (three-percent) was a low, despite having a solid group of weapons in the Panthers offense.
Running back Christian McCaffrey is one of them, though he missed the majority of the 2020 season with injuries. Amid all of the rumors about the Panthers making a move for Watson, or taking the “quarterback of the future” with the No. 8 pick in the NFL Draft, McCaffrey threw his support behind his teammate.
“Whoever is on our roster that’s who we’re rolling with,” he told USA Today, when asked if he had paid attention to rumors and mock drafts. “Right now Teddy is our quarterback and I think Teddy can play and he’s a hell of a quarterback, so for us that’s really what we’re rolling with right now.”
Teddy Bridgewater has a pretty important supporter in Carolina. https://t.co/aO3zvGHccX
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“We don’t make those decisions,” McCaffrey continued. “I’m not in charge of draft boards or free agency, or anything like that. For me it’s focusing on one day at a time, doing the best I can to perform for my teammates and coaches.”
Whomever is under center, Christian McCaffrey believes in his team, and thinks the Carolina Panthers have the right leadership with head coach Matt Rhule to get into contention in the tough NFC South.
“From top down we have the right people who are making the right decisions,” McCaffrey said. “When you look at Coach Rhule and his past and his history of how he turns teams around, there’s no shock why. It’s less about ‘we got this guy now’ and more about everyone coming together as one and finding ways to win… The difference between winning and losing is just a little bit.”
“I think … we can be a threat in the (NFC) South,” McCaffrey said.
In 2019, when he played a full 16 game season, McCaffrey was one of the NFL’s most dangerous all-around threats, rushing for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns, and catching 116 passes for another 1,005 yards and four scores.