QB Teddy Bridgewater - New Orleans Saints
|6-2, 210||Born: 10-10-1992||College: Louisville||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): Bridgewater was very safe, perhaps too safe with the ball, but the Saints still got a hard-fought road win. His fantasy ceiling is very low against the Bears this week, but hold Teddy for a Week 8 matchup against the Cardinals if you are streaming right now.
Week 7: at Chicago Bears
FBG says: Tough matchup. After a rocky start, Teddy Bridgewater has come into his own as the Saints' starting quarterback. Stepping in cold for Drew Brees in Week 2, Bridgewater spent his first three appearances doing little more than handing off and checking down. But over the last 2 weeks, he's upped his contributions to the Saints' success, throwing for 545 yards (7.8 per attempt) and 5 touchdowns. Bridgewater is playing the simplified game well, and he's working behind an elite front line that's kept him almost entirely clean. There are still warts, of course, and Bridgewater has mostly played like a clear-cut backup. The team is obviously asking less of his arm than of Drew Brees' - he's thrown deep (15+ yards downfield) on only 10% of his attempts thus far. And as long as the Saints are able to win with defense and ball control, that won't change much. He'll likely continue to keep feeding possession man Michael Thomas and his running backs relentlessly. Thomas has drawn 41 looks over Bridgewater's 4 starts, catching 33 of them and averaging 107 yards. He was the prime player in the team's Week 5 shootout win, showcasing his ceiling against the Buccaneers' shaky secondary. Alvin Kamara is the clear second option, though his availability for Sunday (ankle sprain) is unclear. He was limited last week and ceded some snaps and targets to Latavius Murray. It's also worth noting that tight end Jared Cook has actually looked alive with Bridgewater under center. After catching just 5 passes over the first 3 weeks, he's hauled in 10 (with a pair of touchdowns) over the last three. The Chicago pass defense has taken a small step back from its dominant 2018 form, but remains a stout unit and a daunting fantasy matchup. Through 5 games, they've held 3 opposing passers under 235 yards, with the other two posting little more than hollow garbage-time numbers. This is a defense built to make swarming plays in the passing game, and few do it more often. The pass rush, led by Khalil Mack, is versatile and dynamic, though it took a blow this week with Akiem Hicks placed on injured reserve. Cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara are aggressive press guys capable of making plays on the ball, and they've been sticky enough to shut down Davante Adams (4 catches for 36 yards), Courtland Sutton (4 for 40), and Adam Thielen (2 for 6). Teddy Bridgewater faces a daunting task Sunday, and he'll likely stick to safe throws underneath when pressed to throw.
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Teddy Bridgewater's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 6 vs JAX (24 / 36 / 240 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was not the glamorous stat line from last week, but Bridgewater did enough to get the Saints a win this week. He completed 66% of his passes, connected with Jared Cook for the lone touchdown of the game, and did not turn the ball over. Bridgewater is showing why the Saints turned to him as the starting quarterback instead of Taysom Hill. Bridgewater pushed the ball down the field this week with a 26-yard completion to Michael Thomas, a 27-yard connection with Ted Ginn, and a 20-yard dime to Jared Cook. Bridgewater had his first touchdown taken off the board when a holding call brought back a Latavius Murray screen play that went for a touchdown. The touchdown pass that actually counted went to Jared Cook for 4 yards across the middle. The play looked like it was starting to break down and Bridgewater stepped up in the pocket and delivered a strike to Cook in the seam for the score. Myles Jack had tight coverage, but it was a great throw from Bridgewater. It was not a flashy game for the Saints offense, but they were able to do just enough to get the win. Bridgewater will take on a Bears team that he knows well from his time in the NFC North with the Vikings next week.
2019 Week 5 vs TB (26 / 34 / 314 / 4 / 1 pass, 5 / 7 / 0 rush)
Bridgewater is doing everything he can to make it tough for the Saints when Brees comes back. He has won every game that he has started so far and is starting to build chemistry with his receivers. This week he set a new career high for touchdown passes and led the Saints to a win against a divisional opponent that was coming off a big win the week before. His first touchdown was a 14-yard out route that Thomas turned up field and dove right at the pylon for the score. The second touchdown was the first of the year for Jared Cook and was a simple slant pattern that let the big bodied tight end power his way into the end zone. His third touchdown was a great 33-yard pass to a wide-open Ted Ginn in the middle of the field where Tampa had rolled the coverage to the outside and led to the easy score. The final touchdown went to Michael Thomas again and went for 12 yards up the seam and had a broken tackle and spin move to get into the end zone. The only blemish on the day for Bridgewater was an interception that was not his fault. Bridgewater threw a pass to Alvin Kamara on a short wheel route and Kamara bobbled the ball right into the arms of his defender. The pass led him perfectly up the field to run for additional yards, but Kamara was unable to pull it in and it cost Bridgewater an interception. This team will go back to Brees when he returns from injury, but Bridgewater is giving them an interesting trade chip or an extended interview for the quarterback of their future.
2019 Week 4 vs DAL (23 / 30 / 193 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
It was not pretty, but the Saints moved to 3-1 on the season after escaping at home against Dallas. The defense stepped up when needed and held Dallas to just 10 points as the offense fell flat and could only muster 4 field goals this week. Teddy Bridgewater was sacked 5 times and threw an interception on the first offensive drive of the game for the Saints. Dallas held Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas in check this week, but the offense was able to move the ball just enough to get the field goals they needed. The defense forced 2 fumbles and came up with a big interception on the final play of the game to seal the win. New Orleans has looked dysfunctional on offense since losing Brees, but now have 2 wins with Bridgewater starting. The Saints take on Tampa Bay at home in week 5 and will need a much better showing on offense after the Buccaneers hung 55 points on the Rams this weekend.
2019 Week 3 vs SEA (19 / 27 / 177 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
Things did not look great for Bridgewater last week when he took over for Brees and they were still a little shaky this week. The Saints got big plays out of their stars when they needed them and that included both touchdown passes from Bridgewater. The first was a 29-yard screen pass to Kamara where he followed his blockers into the second level, stiff armed a defender, and ran down the sideline for the score. Bridgewater had a clean pocket and it was an easy completion with Kamara doing the rest of the work for the score. The second came to Michael Thomas on the first drive of the second half. It was a 4th and 1 play from the 1-yard line. Bridgewater took a single step drop, threw a dart to Thomas in a bunch set, and he was able to fall into the end zone for the score. Bridgewater was spotted 14 points by the defense after a punt return and a fumble return for a touchdown and that was more than enough to keep the lead. Bridgewater did not turn over the ball and was not sacked this week. His next test will be at home Sunday night against the Cowboys.
2019 Week 2 vs LAR (17 / 30 / 165 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Trying to fill in for Brees is a tough thing to do, and even more difficult when the rest of the offense is flat. Bridgewater came in on the 3rd drive of the game and saw the offense implode for the rest of the game. The running game came to a complete halt and Bridgewater saw his tight end drop key passes a commit penalties that cost the team points. He was also under constant pressure from the Rams defensive front and did not have time to push the ball down the field. His arm looked great as he zipped passes all over the field, but the Saints could not sustain drives or come away with touchdowns. Bridgewater got in a rhythm with Thomas late, but the Rams scored twice and the end of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th quarters to put this one away. Bridgewater did not turn the ball over but completed just 56% of his passes and was sacked twice for a loss of 16 yards. Bridgewater is still projected to be the starter next week but will need a much better showing to fend of Taysom Hill from taking that job.
Latest NewsSaints | Teddy Bridgewater throws for 240 yards (Sun Oct 13, 04:02 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater went 24-for-36 for 240 yards and one touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6. Our View: Bridgewater was safe with his decisions and made an excellent throw above the rim to Cook to account for the game's only touchdown. He has been better than the Saints could have hoped in relief of Drew Brees and will start again next week in a tough matchup at Chicago.
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