NFL free agency is underway and the Carolina Panthers made a major move. Their signing of QB Teddy Bridgewater to the starting spot is huge given that Cam Newton was their franchise player.
The Panthers are giving him $40 million guaranteed over the next two years. The move reunites Bridgewater with new Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady. The duo last worked together when Brady was an offensive assistant with the Saints in 2018.
Bridgewater’s biggest strength is the ability to make accurate throws to open receivers. Brady frequently places the QB in empty backfields and trusts them to find an open receiver before any blitz. This works well for Bridgewater who should get this done in Carolina.
The Panthers have skill players like Christian McCaffrey, Curtis Samuel, and DJ Moore, each of whom can make teams feel their wrath. However, Bridgewater’s accuracy should put those receivers in awesome positions enabling them to catch balls in stride.
However, there is a downside.
Bridgewater has thrown just 221 passes over the last four seasons. He was solid in winning all five of his starts with the Saints last season. Just one of the five teams Bridgewater beat during that stretch finished in the top 10 for pass defense DVOA, the Bears.
If Bridgewater can play the way he did with the Saints a year ago, we will be looking at a resurgent Carolina.