The Denver Broncos announced on Wednesday that Teddy Bridgewater would be the starting quarterback when the team takes the field in week one of the regular season on September 12 against the New York Giants. Teddy won the QB competition against Drew Lock, who is in his third season in the league, all with the Broncos.
As a starter in the NFL, the 28-year-old Bridgewater is 26-23 with stops in Minnesota, New Orleans, and Carolina. He was 5-0 in New Orleans in 2019 when he replaced Drew Brees. And most recently, he was 4-11 with the Carolina Panthers in 2020. It didn’t help that he hardly had Christian McCaffrey on the field with him at all. That makes a difference. Lock, 24 years old, is 8-10 as a starter in Denver.
Of course, a lot of the QB competition plays out in practice, but here are the stats over the two preseason games.
Those are similar stats, but it also matters how their drives ended up in the games they played in. For Lock, his eight drives resulted in two touchdowns, three field goals, two punts, and one turnover on downs. For Teddy, his four drives resulted in three touchdowns and one field goal.
Teddy will have no shortage of weapons when he lines up under center. One of the best young receiving groups in the league, the Broncos will trot out Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy as the main weapons at WR, Noah Fant at TE, and Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams at RB.
Sutton is coming off of a torn ACL last season but had 1,112 receiving yards in 2019, just his second year in the league. Jeudy, the second-year pro out of Alabama, had a solid rookie season with 856 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He appears to be the biggest beneficiary of Teddy being the starter, as he is an exceptional route runner who can get open underneath and on the intermediate throws, which Teddy excels at. Noah Fant is a good young tight end who can also be utilized in the passing game. And as far as running backs go, he has both Melvin Gordon and rookie Javonte Williams. Gordon is likely in his last season in Denver, but Williams has been compared to the likes of Nick Chubb and is the future (possibly present) in that backfield, so there should not be any drop-off at the running back position.
Taking a quick glance at the schedule, something stands out. What could it be???
Week 4, October 3rd…DENVER BRONCOS VS BALTIMORE RAVENS!
Yes, Teddy vs Lamar. Mark it down. Louisville twitter may explode.
Congrats, Teddy. You make us proud all the time. Go out and do your thing.
Go Cards…Go Teddy…Go Krogering!