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Monday, May 14, 2018

Jets Bridgewater May Be One And Done!

Because of circumstances beyond his control, Jet quarterback Teddy Bridgewater may be a Jet for only one year. Jet fans may have felt unlucky when Vinny Testaverde ruptured his Achilles tendon and went down for the season or when Chad Pennington injured his shoulder multiple times. If you don’t know the whole Teddy Bridgewater saga, he is actually lucky to wear an NFL uniform today and has to count his blessings. In 2014 the Minnesota Vikings drafted him out of Louisville with the 32nd pick of the first round. In 3 years at Louisville he passed for 9,987 yards with 72 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He had a 3 year quarterback rating of 157. In his rookie season Bridgewater played in 13 games for the Minnesota Vikings, 12 as a starter (team was 6-6). He threw 14 TD passes, had 12 interceptions and had a QB rating of 85.2. In his second year (2015) the Vikings finished 11-5 as Bridgewater threw for 3,231 yards and was selected to the Pro Bowl. The Vikings lost a tough Wild Card playoff game to the Seahawks 10-9. This was suppose to be the beginning of the Teddy Bridgewater era for the Minnesota Vikings. In 2016 big things were expected from him. In the second preseason game he didn’t play because of a sore shoulder. In the third preseason game against San Diego, he looked sharp going 12-16 for 161 yards with a TD in two quarters. The Minnesota Vikings were as confident as ever gearing up for their September 11 opener at Tennessee. Then the fate of both Ted Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings changed. During a team practice on August 30, 2016, Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury to his left leg dislocating the knee as well as tearing his ACL. Bridgewater dropped back to pass during a drill, planted his foot and immediately went down. Trainers rushed to his side and began inflating an aircast, and the quarterback appeared to be holding his left leg. So devastated was the whole Viking organization, the team called off its last practice of the preseason after the injury. When Bridgewater gave his first interview after the horrific episode, he revealed the damage to his knee was so severe that at one point, he thought he might lose his leg.  
Bridgewater Said:

"Probably," Bridgewater said when asked if he was in danger of losing his leg. "I just know that I was in the back of the truck and [Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman] was back there with me and we had a conversation and I'm pretty sure that both of us were pretty nervous about that conversation." 

According to Bridgewater, if the Vikings trainers hadn't responded so swiftly to his injury, he probably would've lost the leg. The severity of the injury was confirmed by injury expert Will Carroll who also said there was a chance he could have lost his leg. If fans ever thought the training staff is not important and there is not pressure on them, look at how the quick thinking of Viking trainer Eric Sugarman possibly saved a person’s leg. Bridgewater missed the whole 2016 season only payed in one game in 2017 passing only two times one of which was intercepted. After the season Bridgewater became a free agent and the Vikings decided to move on. Some on the Viking staff didn’t think Bridgewater would be an effective quarterback ever again. In the middle of March the Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater as a free agent.  According to Spotrac, Bridgewater’s contract is for 1 year. The contract is for $6,000,000 including a $500,000 signing bonus, $1,000,000 guaranteed with incentives.

I may be wrong but I can’t see Teddy Bridgewater ever taking a snap in a regular season game for the New York Jets. Even in preseason, Sam Darnold has got to get more reps than any of the other quarterbacks. The talk of late is that the Jets may throw Darnold into the line of fire from day one. I’ve said it before, the Jets should not rush this. We have to see what the offensive line does on the field. I would still wait and the target date should be the 6th game of the season on Sunday October 14th against the Colts at Met Life. By that time we could see what we have on offense in addition to the line namely tight ends, wide receivers and how the play calling goes with Jeremy Bates. Also hopefully the Robby Anderson garbage would have been settled. The Teddy Bridgewater saga is sad and we can only hope for the best for him. If by some chance he plays and lights it up, well then this is a good problem to have. But realistically it looks like Teddy Bridgewater will probably be on the PUP (Physically Unable To Perform) list for at least part of the summer and if he makes the roster, will probably ride the bench for the season.

Green Tidbits
…..Jets C Spencer Long is ready for an injury-free 2018 season with his new team. Last season, Long was only able to make six starts for the Redskins due to a knee injury and was placed on IR in November. The ailment plaguing the 2014 third-round pick was rooted in a chronic quad issue which was corrected this offseason by surgery and an improved regiment. "It was basically like a fraying rope," Long said, via Connor Hughes of The Athletic. "All of sudden it just snapped on me in pregame warm-ups." Long added "I feel better now than I did last year.”…..From Sam Darnold:“I embrace [the challenge of winning a Super Bowl], but I understand every single day that it’s a process,” Darnold said. “You have to come in here and earn respect. I’m not going to come in here and demand it. I know that I’m a quarterback and that I have to be a leader on the field and off it, as well. Just understanding that and going about my everyday life as I normally would.”….From the NFL Spin zone: Versatility is a very important word in sports, especially football. When a team has players who can do many things, it presents quite a few matchup problems. Heading into training camp, the New York Jets have four players who are versatile enough to play in multiple spots on offense. Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Jermaine Kearse are all valuable in one regard. They are all capable of playing the slot. The other versatile player is undrafted free agent Dimitri Flowers from Oklahoma who can line up at multiple positions on offense…..Former Giant QB Phil Simms wants the Jets to start Sam Darnold from day one, "They put all their money in Sam Darnold," he said. "I don't want to hear, 'Oh we don't want to hurt his confidence if he fails early.' Well if he fails early and hurts his confidence and can't overcome it, then he wasn't the guy.”…..BetDSI SportsBook projects that Darnold will throw for fewer yards and touchdowns in his rookie season than Mayfield, Rosen and Allen. The oddsmaker also believes that Darnold will be the last of the four to make his first NFL start.

More from BetDSI SportsBook-Fun stuff
2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds (Bovada.LV)
Saquon Barkley: 3/2
Baker Mayfield: 11/4
Josh Allen: 8/1
Josh Rosen: 10/1
Sam Darnold: 12/1
Rashaad Penny: 14/1
Derrius Guice: 18/1
Lamar Jackson: 20/1
Ronald Jones: 30/1
Sony Michel: 30/1
DJ Moore: 33/1
Calvin Ridley: 40/1

Rookie QB regular-season starts Over/Under (Bovada.LV)
Josh Allen: 10.5
Baker Mayfield: 9.5
Josh Rosen: 8.5
Sam Darnold: 5.5
Lamar Jackson: 0.5

Around The NFL
…..At the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie mini camp for the second day in a row, the third round rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph stole headlines. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, after several Day 1 fumbles under center, Rudolph let it rip and had a series of several completions in the team portion of practice…..At the Carolina Panthers rookie mini camp 1st round wide receiver DJ Moore was as advertised. His routes were crisp, he didn’t drop balls, and he made at least one really good catch under tough conditions…..At the NY Giants rookie mini camp Saquon Barkley was among the first guys out to the practice field, sprinting across the distance to the far end of the facility’s practice grounds. After practice, he made sure he was the last one to leave the field by hanging round after the team had been dismissed to catch passes from a teammate before heading inside….. In Denver, after bypassing a quarterback in a draft that was deep on passing prospects, general manager John Elway declared that Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly would duke it out for the No. 2 job. That served as a vote of confidence in Lynch, his 2016 first-round pick who hasn't been able to win the starting job, and a golden opportunity for Kelly, "Mr. Irrelevant" in 2017 as the last player picked in the draft…..At the Arizona Cardinals mini camp, numerous mistakes were made, including by Josh Rosen, the 10th overall pick in the draft. He missed some throws, especially early in the two-hour practice, but improved as the practice progressed. Near the end, he completed a pass of 65 yards or so to receiver Christian Kirk, the second-round pick and Rosen’s friend since the two met as high school stars on the football camp circuit….  

What the Jet Scribes Are Saying
Rich Cimini,ESPN
 This will be remembered 20 years from now as "the moment the Jets shifted into a new year, that they became a great team," Jet owner Chris Johnsons said. OT Kelvin Beachum offered the perspective of a grizzled veteran who wants to see the kid perform before he canonizes him.

"Man, you know, I'm one of those guys, until you get hit in the mouth, I don't know what you got yet," Beachum said. "And he hasn't been hit in the mouth by an NFL defensive lineman. So when that time comes, we'll see."

There's nothing wrong with either opinion, but hearing both viewpoints triggered a question: Could the Jets be headed for a quarterback controversy?
That's a loaded question, to be sure, but it can't be overlooked. Incumbent Josh McCown, widely respected in the locker room, will be replaced at some point. It's inevitable. How that switch is handled -- the timing, the circumstances, etc. -- will be critical. The Jets have two things working in their favor: McCown is the ultimate team guy and won't make a stink. Coach Todd Bowles doesn't have a quick hook. If anything, his hook is too slow. Remember, he was prepared to go the distance last season with McCown over his young quarterbacks even though the team was hopelessly out of playoff contention. He turned to Bryce Petty only after McCown's season-ending hand injury.This is a different deal because Darnold, drafted third overall, must play -- and will play. The best-case scenario is for Darnold to show everyone -- even the McCown supporters -- he's the best quarterback on the team. That would make for a seamless transition. Otherwise, it could get a bit bumpy, especially if Teddy Bridgewater (can't forget about him) makes a run for the job……When Darnold is deemed ready by coach Todd Bowles, he will be the starting quarterback. It really doesn't matter how Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater perform in the preseason. They're the supporting actors in this new production; Darnold is the star of the show, and it makes no sense to hold him back if he can function in the position. Based on recent NFL history, I'd say there's a 65 percent chance he will start 

Brian Costello, NY Post
The Jets will have a new director of college scouting for the second straight year. Matt Bazirgan, who took over as Jets director of college scouting a year ago, is leaving to become the director of player personnel for the Texans. Bazirgan replaced Rex Hogan, who left for the Colts last year. According to a report from the Houston Chronicle, the Jets are hiring former Texans director of college scouting Jon Carr to replace Bazirgan. Carr had replaced Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan with the Texans as their director of college scouting and the two previously worked together in Houston.

Manish Mehta, NY Daily News
The Jets quietly pulled off a trade on the final day of the draft that might prove to be a downright steal. Sam Darnold's arrival rightfully grabbed the headlines, but Mike Maccagnan made another low-risk, high-reward deal to address one of his biggest remaining needs. Six weeks after the Jets made a blockbuster trade with the Colts to position themselves to land a potential franchise quarterback, the teams made another swap on Day 3 of the draft that barely registered a blip on the trade-o-meter.But it might turn into gold for Gang Green. Maccagnan gave up a seventh-round pick (No. 235) for defensive end Henry Anderson, prompting most of the us to shrug our shoulders and move on. Upon closer inspection, this was such a smart trade for the Jets.There's minimal downside. If Anderson, who will be asked to help replace Muhammad Wilkerson, flops, so what? The Jets wasted a seventh-round pick? Believe me, Maccagnan will soldier on.
The upside is significant. Anderson, who will turn 27 this summer, likely will be better than anyone the Jets would have taken at the 235th overall pick. He could immediately help a defensive line that lacks difference makers other than Leonard Williams. With no viable pressure from the outside linebackers, Todd Bowles will need Anderson and third-round pick Nathan Shepherd to generate consistent heat on the quarterback. The Jets basically got nothing out of Wilkerson last season. The good news: Anderson, a former third-round pick from Stanford, has shown promise in 29 career games (19 starts) in his first three seasons. The bad news: He's missed 19 games due to injury, including a laryngeal fracture that shelved him for the final seven last season.
New Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus' change from a 3-4 to 4-3 scheme paved the way for the deal. Anderson, who played in a 3-4 defense in college and his first three seasons in Indy, lost 15-20 pounds from his 300-pound frame this offseason to better fit a 4-3 scheme. He'll evidently need to hit the buffet line now to gain it back.

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