|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 214 lb.|
|Born:||November 10, 1992|
|Drafted:||2014 / Rd. 1 (32)|
Bridgewater completed 15 of 23 passes for 176 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Panthers' 25-17 loss to the Falcons on Thursday night. He also rushed five times for 30 yards.
Analysis: It was ultimately a forgettable night all the way around for Bridgewater, albeit one that started off with plenty of promise. The seven-year veteran led the Panthers on a pair of first-half scoring drives that were capped off by Curtis Samuel touchdowns, but he all but disappeared in the second half while also briefly missing time due to a neck injury. Bridgewater would ultimately have one late opportunity to get Carolina in position to tie up the game with a touchdown and two-point conversion, but he threw an interception at the Falcons' nine-yard line with 1:04 remaining to snuff out any hopes of a comeback. Bridgewater's passing yardage total was his lowest of the season by far, but he'll have to quickly put the hiccup behind him with a high-powered Chiefs squad on tap in a Week 9 road interconference matchup on Sunday, Nov. 8.
Bridgewater (neck) has retaken the field in the fourth quarter Thursday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Bridgewater was forced out of action Thursday after suffering a late hit to the head during the third quarter. He was initially listed as questionable after clearing the concussion protocol, and P.J. Walker began the Falcons' subsequent offensive drive, but Bridgewater managed to sprint back on the field with just under nine minutes remaining in the game. He'll attempt to lead the Panthers out of a 25-17 deficit.
Bridgewater has been forced out of Thursday's divisional match against the Falcons after taking a hit to the head in the third quarter, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Bridgewater was tripped by Falcons defensive end Dante Flowler before then suffering a hit to the head from Charles Harris, who was subsequently ejected from the game. He was able to walk off the field under his own power before entering the blue medical tent. P.J. Walker, the Panthers' only other active quarterback for Thursday night, will slot in under center as long as Bridgewater remains sidelined.
Bridgewater completed 23 of 28 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Panthers' 27-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday. He also rushed two times for 10 yards.
Analysis: Bridgewater was back in the stadium that hosted several of the 2019 performances that helped score him a lucrative free-agent contract, and he bounced back from a rocky Week 6 outing against the Bears in Sunday's loss. The veteran averaged an impressive 9.1 yards per attempt while connecting with D.J. Moore for both of his touchdown tosses and hitting six different pass catchers overall. Bridgewater was nearly able to lead Carolina on what would have been a game-winning drive, but the march stalled at the Saints' 47-yard line with a sack and Joey Slye subsequently fell just short of drilling a 65-yard field-goal attempt. Despite the disappointing team outcome Sunday, Bridgewater once again delivered for fantasy managers and will look to help the Panthers get back in the win column against the Falcons in a Week 8 Thursday night battle.
Bridgewater completed 16 of 29 pass attempts for 216 yards, committing two interceptions during Sunday's 23-16 loss to Chicago. He also ran for 48 yards on eight rush attempts.
Analysis: The 27-year-old signal-caller entered Sunday throwing to an uber-efficient 73.4 percent completion rate and 6:3 TD:INT, but the Bears registered six QB hits and four sacks on Bridgewater, holding him to a lowly 34.3 QBR on the afternoon. It may have been a completely different outcome had Bridgewater been able to redo his first and final drives of the day, as he threw an interception on the third play from scrimmage, before committing a game-sealing INT on Carolina's final offensive drive. In between came plenty of solid play from Bridgewater, as he ultimately had his team within one possession, ball in-hand late in the fourth quarter. The Panthers drop to 3-3 with the loss, and now head into a Week 7 matchup against Bridgewater's former team, New Orleans.
Bridgewater went 27-for-37 passing with 313 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 23-16 win against the Falcons.
Analysis: The one-time Pro Bowl QB has been prolific in the yardage department through his first five outings as a Panther, averaging 292 passing yards per game with a 6:3 TD:INT. Bridgewater has also been uber-efficient in terms of his completion percentage, with Sunday's outing against the Falcons being his fourth performance of the season with a completion rate exceeding 70 percent. In Week 6, Bridgewater will face a Bears defense that surrendered 253 passing yards and one TD to Tom Brady in its last time out.
Bridgewater went 26-for-37 passing with 276 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, adding six rushes for 32 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-21 win against Arizona.
Analysis: The 27-year-old signal-caller has composed winning starts in consecutive outings, handing Carolina its first back-to-back wins since Weeks 5 and 6 of 2019. Bridgewater has provided ample production in the yardage department through four appearances, throwing for more than 285 passing yards per game, but he had just two total touchdowns entering Sunday's contest. The scoring breakout from Bridgewater comes as Carolina prepares for a favorable QB matchup against Atlanta's bottom-three pass defense.
Bridgewater completed 22 of 28 pass attempts for 235 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Chargers. He also carried two times for 12 yards in the 21-16 win.
Analysis: Bridgewater completed an impressive 79 percent of his passes while averaging a healthy 8.4 yards per attempt. He connected with Mike Davis for a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter, doubling his season touchdown output, but it proved to be his only score of the day. Bridgewater's yardage and completion numbers have been quite strong through three games, but his fantasy value has suffered because of a lack of touchdowns. He'll look to buck that trend next Sunday against the Cardinals.
Bridgewater completed 33 of 42 passes for 367 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Panthers' 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.
Analysis: A game script that saw the Panthers down by 21-0 by halftime worked in Bridgewater's fantasy managers' favor, as it required the veteran quarterback to constantly put the ball up in the second half. Bridgewater unsurprisingly made a couple of errors with that level of volume, and considering he was under constant duress while getting sacked five times. Despite the high number of completions, however, Bridgewater only completed passes to three wideouts overall (DJ Moore, Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel), with all but two of of his other connections transpiring with running backs Mike Davis and Christian McCaffrey. Through two games, Bridgewater has rewarded fantasy managers with a whopping 637 passing yards, but that's been accompanied by a pedestrian 1:2 TD:INT. Bridgewater will look to helm a more balanced offensive effort in a Week 3 road inter-conference battle against the Chargers.
Bridgewater completed 22 of 34 passes for 270 yards and one touchdown in Week 1 against the Raiders. He also chipped in 26 rushing yards on four attempts.
Analysis: Bridgewater was fairly unimpressive early on, completing only short passes. However, he opened things up a bit in the second half, particularly on a deep 75-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson. Reports suggested that Bridgewater was looking mobile during camp, and while he won't rival the elite rushing quarterbacks, it is noteworthy that he added 26 additional yards on the ground. He'll look to build on this performance in a Week 2 matchup against the Buccaneers.
Bridgewater has shown good mobility and a developing rapport with wideout Robby Anderson early in training camp, The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: Bridgewater certainly won't be mistaken for a former track star, but the quarterback is capable of scampering for a first down here and there. More importantly, it's the turbo-charged Anderson whose speed has impressed at camp thus far, as he's reportedly gotten consistent separation ahead of connections from Bridgewater. With D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and Christian McCaffrey also in tow among his top targets, Bridgewater undoubtedly has a dynamic set of runners at his disposal as he re-familiarizes himself with coordinator Joe Brady this season.
The Panthers and Bridgewater have agreed to a three-year, $63 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Once teams can announce signings with unrestricted free agents Wednesday, the Panthers will officially have moved on from Cam Newton (foot). Bridgewater himself fared well in six extensive outings (five starts) in placed of an injured Drew Brees last season, completing 67.7 percent of his passes for 1,370 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions during that stretch. In Carolina, Bridgewater will have perhaps the most versatile running back (Christian McCaffrey) at his disposal along with a pair of young wide receivers (D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel).
The Panthers and Bridgewater are reportedly working toward a three-year deal thought to be in the $60 million range, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Mortensen notes that the deal "is not done as they work out details but it is expected to be complete when (the) new league year opens Wednesday." Assuming the anticipated signing happens, Bridgewater would be in line to take over the Panthers' starting QB job, with the team poised to move on from Cam Newton.
Bridgewater is expected to have a strong market for his services as an unrestricted free agent this spring, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With Drew Brees likely coming back for another season and Taysom Hill still under contract, Bridgewater figures to leave New Orleans for a shot at a starting job. He won each of his five starts in 2019, completing 69.7 percent of passes for 7.3 yards per attempt in those games, with just nine sacks, two interceptions and no fumbles. The one negative for Bridgewater is a crowded market for free-agent QBs, including Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Jameis Winston.
Bridgewater averaged 241.0 passing yards per game while completing 69.7 percent of his passes and throwing nine touchdowns to just two interceptions in five starts in 2019.
Analysis: He filled in admirably for Drew Brees as the Saints' starter from Weeks 3-7, leading the team to a perfect record in that span while playing quality football. He'll be a free agent in 2020 after two seasons with New Orleans, though Drew Brees and Taysom Hill will be in the same boat, creating an interesting dilemma. The Saints spent a third-round pick to acquire Bridgewater from the Jets in 2018, though his future with the organization is yet unknown.
Bridgewater completed 24 of 36 passes for 240 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Saints' 13-6 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He also netted zero yards on his three rushes.
Analysis: It was far from a smooth offensive game for either squad, but as he's proven capable of over the last several weeks, Bridgewater did enough to lead the Saints to victory. The veteran remained free of any mistakes and battled through three sacks on the afternoon. Bridgewater also helmed an 11-play, 75-yard fourth-quarter march that knocked 6:22 off the clock and culminated in a four-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook to seal the win for New Orleans. He also connected with six different pass catchers on the afternoon overall. Bridgewater will look to conquer the thorny challenge that is the Bears defense in a Week 7 matchup if he does indeed draw at least one more start in place of Drew Brees (thumb).
Bridgewater completed 26 of 34 passes for 314 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Saints' 31-24 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed five times for seven yards.
Analysis: After a pair of "game manager" efforts in his first two starts in place of Drew Brees (thumb), Bridgewater went into vintage Brees mode with an outstanding all-around performance. Much like the man he's filling in for, Bridgewater displayed spectacular chemistry with Michael Thomas, connecting with him for 11 completions, 182 yards and touchdown passes of 14 and 12 yards. Brees resumed throwing this past week but still likely remains at least a couple of weeks away from returning in a best-case scenario; therefore, Bridgewater will have a chance to build on his stellar effort against the Jaguars in Week 6.
Bridgewater completed 23 of 30 pass attempts for 193 yards and an interception in Sunday's 12-10 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: Bridgewater wasn't able to lead a touchdown drive against a tough Dallas defense, but the backup was able to keep the chains moving between the 20s and provide just enough to help secure a close victory. The 26-year-old may not put up enough statistics to warrant fantasy relevance, but he is helping fantasy owners by feeding the team's two star players (Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas) on a weekly basis. Bridgewater has a propensity to hit the safe underneath routes, so we shouldn't expect huge numbers even in a soft matchup against the Buccaneers next Sunday.
Bridgewater completed 19 of 27 pass attempts for 177 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3 against the Seahawks. He also rushed the ball three times for 12 yards.
Analysis: Bridgewater was helped by his defense and special teams, as the units put the first two touchdowns on the board for the Saints. However, he went on to orchestrate consecutive touchdown drives -- one to end the first half and the other to begin the second -- that put the team up big. Bridgewater didn't work down the field extensively by averaging only 6.6 yards per attempt, but did enough to post a respectable line while also maintaining the value of both Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. Perhaps most importantly, Bridgewater appears to be the clear starter and primary quarterback in the absence of Drew Brees (thumb) as Taysom Hill did not attempt a pass and rushed the ball just once for five yards. Bridgewater will look to keep things going in a primetime matchup Week 4 against the Cowboys.
Bridgewater is in line to receive the start at quarterback Sunday against the Seahawks and see the majority of the Saints' snaps behind center, a source tells Dianna Russini of ESPN.
Analysis: After Drew Brees (thumb) underwent surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him for six weeks, coach Sean Payton was reluctant to give details about his plans at quarterback while the franchise signal-caller was on the mend. Though Russini notes that the other healthy quarterback on the roster, Taysom Hill, will be "sprinkled in throughout the game," Bridgewater will step in as the primary replacement for Brees in what will mark just his second regular-season start in four years. Since suffering a devastating non-contact knee injury in August 2016, Bridgewater has seen action in parts of seven games, completing 31 of 55 attempts (56.3 percent) for 283 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
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