Teddy Bridgewater is getting a much-deserved starting quarterback opportunity with the Panthers, but he has big shoes to fill.
The former Vikings and Saints QB is set to replace Cam Newton. The former NFL MVP’s struggles with health and consistency convinced Matt Rhule and the front office to move on from the star QB this week.
Now, Bridgewater’s getting another crack at a starting gig – and he’s not overlooking the unique opportunity. Replacing Newton is no easy task, and it’ll be nearly impossible to replicate Newton’s play with the Panthers over the years.
But Bridgewater’s not focused on trying to play like Newton. Instead, he’s remaining himself and focusing on winning. The Panthers starter isn’t overreacting to taking over for Newton:
“It’s a unique situation,” Bridgewater admitted, via NBC Sports. “I just have be myself. … I knew when Drew got injured I had big shoes to fill in. I reminded myself to be me.”
Bridgewater has had to replace elite quarterbacks before his arrival in Carolina.
He had to fill in for QB Drew Brees last season when Brees suffered an injury – the Saints didn’t skip a beat, going 5-0 with Bridgewater behind center.
Carolina is hoping for a similar winning mindset from Bridgewater in 2020.