Coach Vic Fangio said Bridgewater and Drew Lock will split reps "50-50" during the offseason program and training camp, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Fangio's statement comes as no surprise after the Broncos acquired Bridgewater from the Panthers this week and made no additions to the QB room during the draft. Since his devastating knee injury just before the start of the 2016 season, Bridgewater has started 21 of his 29 appearances between the Saints and Panthers on his way to a 68.5 completion percentage, 5,235 yards, 25 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also racked up 315 yards and five scores on the ground during that stretch. The next few months will determine who among Bridgewater and Lock is under center for Denver in Week 1.
The Broncos acquired Bridgewater from the Panthers on Wednesday in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
With $10 million of his $17 million base salary for 2021 being guaranteed, Bridgewater didn't have much value on the open market. In fact, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports the Panthers will pay some of the quarterback's salary to facilitate the trade. Bridgewater is now in line to compete with Drew Lock for a starting job, while Sam Darnold is left as the only quarterback in Carolina with significant NFL experience. This trade seemingly increases the odds of the Panthers drafting a signal-caller and decreases the odds of the Broncos taking one, but it could still go either way in both cases, considering none of Bridgewater, Lock or Darnold looks especially likely to become a true franchise quarterback.
The Panthers are allowing Bridgewater to talk with other teams to facilitate a potential trade, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Sam Darnold trade didn't remove all of Bridgewater's leverage, as he still has a $10 million guarantee on his $17 million base salary for 2021. That means there's some chance he sticks around in Carolina, even if it's ultimately as a backup to Darnold. The Panthers seemingly prefer to trade Bridgewater, but that might be easier said than done at this point in the offseason.
Bridgewater could be traded after the Panthers acquired QB Sam Darnold on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Panthers could instead ask Bridgewater to adjust his contract, though a $10 million guarantee on his $17 million base salary gives the quarterback an awful lot of leverage in negotiations. If he does end up staying in Carolina, he'll likely be given an opportunity to compete with Darnold for the starting job.
Head coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that Bridgewater (ankle) is "having a tremendous offseason" and currently remains the Panthers' top quarterback, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Rhule's comments run contrary to popular speculation surrounding the Panthers this offseason, which has been that the team would look to upgrade at the quarterback position either in free agency or the 2021 NFL Draft. As David Newton of ESPN.com notes, Bridgewater's name had reportedly been floated as part of a potential deal for Matthew Stafford, who ultimately landed with the Rams. Bridgewater's contract doesn't have a potential 'out' until after 2021, so he could certainly be back with Carolina next season. Of course, Rhule also made clear that the Panthers will analyze the top rookie quarterbacks available and attend their pro days, per Person. Carolina currently holds the No. 8 overall pick in April's draft, and if the team ends up selecting a rookie signal-caller, Bridgewater could make for a fine bridge option.
Bridgewater was replaced by P.J. Walker in Sunday's season-ending 33-7 loss to New Orleans, and coach Matt Rhule revealed after the game that Bridgewater's exit was due to an ankle injury, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports. Prior to his exit, Bridgewater completed 13 of 23 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions while adding seven yards on three rushing attempts.
Bridgewater played poorly prior his removal and Walker was even worse, completing just five of 14 passes with three interceptions. With a 1:3 TD:INT over the final four weeks, Bridgewater struggled down the stretch of his first season with the Panthers, but his contract from last offseason figures to ensure he's in Carolina for at least another year, whether as starter, backup or a bridge quarterback to a potential draft pick. Overall, the 28-year-old finishes the year with 3,733 passing yards, 15 touchdowns versus 11 interceptions and five rushing scores in 15 games.
Bridgewater completed 19 of 28 pass attempts for 197 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 16 against Washington.
The Panthers didn't need Bridgewater to do much to secure a victory, instead taking advantage of miscues by Washington. Bridgewater wasn't without mistakes of his own, throwing an interception and fumbling twice -- one of which was lost. His lone touchdown of the day came on a 14-yard pass just before halftime. Bridgewater and the Panthers will close the season with a Week 17 matchup against the Saints.
Bridgewater completed 21 of 35 passes for 258 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Panthers' 24-16 loss to the Packers on Saturday night. He also rushed four times for 26 yards and a score while losing a fumble.
Bridgewater extended a theme that's been a recurring one for him through what is now a 10-loss season for the Panthers -- putting together a solid stat line in defeat. The veteran was able to work around three sacks and six quarterback hits overall to connect with the returning DJ Moore on six occasions for a team-high 131 yards, but he ultimately went just 1-for-3 on Carolina's last-gasp drive, which started deep in own territory and never advanced past the 26-yard line. Bridgewater also failed to throw a touchdown pass for the second straight contest after a five-game streak with at least one scoring toss, a dubious feat he'll look to snap at the expense of Washington in a Week 16 battle on Sunday, Dec. 27.
Bridgewater completed 30 of 40 pass attempts for 283 yards, adding three carries for 31 rushing yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 32-27 loss to the Broncos.
The 28-year-old's fantasy value has been boosted by three rushing scores over his past four outings, but he remains less than explosive as a thrower, with zero outings of three-plus passing TDs all season. Worse yet for his outlook within the organization, Carolina has dropped seven consecutive Bridgewater starts after kicking off the year 3-2. The sliding Panthers will now aim to recalibrate on a short week before traveling to Green Bay to take on the Packers' 12th-ranked pass defense Saturday night.
Bridgewater isn't listed on the Panthers' initial Week 14 injury report released Wednesday.
Bridgewater appeared to be banged up near the end of Carolina's last game, a 28-27 loss to the Vikings in Week 12. He's apparently healthy after a bye week, but two of his top three receivers (DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel) are on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and running back Christian McCaffrey (thigh/shoulder) is looking uncertain for Sunday's matchup with Denver.
Bridgewater completed 19 of 36 passes for 267 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Panthers' 28-27 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. He also rushed twice for 12 yards and appeared to leave the game after the last offensive play with an undisclosed injury, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Bridgewater's return to Minnesota had a bit of everything in it, including what came close to qualifying as a memorable comeback. The veteran quarterback was able to hit Robby Anderson on a crossing route for his one touchdown throw and also connected with Curtis Samuel on a clutch 35-yard completion during the Panthers' last-gasp drive that culminated with a missed 54-yard field-goal attempt by Joey Slye with one second remaining. Bridgewater limped off the field after taking a hit on his final pass attempt the play prior, but he otherwise looked to be at full health after missing Week 11 with an MCL sprain and was able to extend his streak of games with at least one scoring toss to five. Bridgewater will now look to help Carolina bounce back from the heartbreaking defeat in a tough matchup versus the Broncos in Week 14 following a bye.
Bridgewater (knee) will play in Sunday's game at Minnesota, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
A full practice participant throughout the week, Bridgewater will reclaim the starting job after P.J. Walker filled in for last Sunday's win over the Lions. Bridgewater gets a decent matchup against the Vikings, who have allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to QBs this season.
Bridgewater (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, with coach Matt Rhule saying after the session that he expects the veteran quarterback to play in Sunday's game against Minnesota, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Bridgewater's impending return to the lineup doesn't come as a major surprise after he was nearly cleared to play ahead of Sunday's win over the Lions. His mobility might be a bit limited while he shakes off the knee injury, but the Panthers seem confident Bridgewater will end up missing just the one game.
Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he expects Bridgewater to participate in Wednesday's practice, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Bridgewater logged a trio of limited practice sessions last week but was a late scratch for Sunday's win over Detroit, and P.J. Walker ultimately was Carolina's starting quarterback. Considering Bridgewater was expected to play Sunday despite a sprained MCL in his right knee, he has a decent chance to return to action Week 12 against the Vikings.
Bridgewater (knee) is inactive Sunday against the Lions, leaving P.J. Walker as the Panthers' starting quarterback, Bill Voth of the team's official site reports.
Bridgewater initially was reported to be active, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, but the Panthers quickly changed course and included him on their inactive list. With Bridgewater on the sideline due to a sprained MCL in his right knee, the team will go with Walker under center and Will Grier as his backup.
Bridgewater (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Bridgewater's availability was in limbo due to a MCL sprain in his right knee, which he sustained last Sunday versus the Buccaneers. He was limited in practice all week as a result, but after a pair of pregame warmups he cleared the final hurdle to play. Assuming he also gets the starting nod, Bridgewater will look to exploit a Detroit defense that ranks 24th against the pass (258.4 yards per game).
Bridgewater (knee), who is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions, is expected to have his availability for the contest determined by a pregame workout, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The 28-year-old took snaps during Saturday's walkthrough session and wants to play, but he'll still need to test out his right knee ahead of Sunday's contest. P.J. Walker or Will Grier would start at quarterback for the Panthers if Bridgewater can't suit up versus the Lions.
Bridgewater (knee) went through some practice work Saturday, and there's some optimism about his availability for Sunday's game against the Lions, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
The 28-year-old was a limited participant at practice all week, but he apparently showed some progress during Saturday's session to improve his outlook. Bridgewater should still be considered a game-time decision, and how his knee responds Sunday morning is set to be the determining factor in his status. Will Grier or P.J. Walker are both in the mix to start should Bridgewater be unavailable.
Bridgewater (knee) is listed as questionable on the Panthers' final injury report, with head coach Matt Rhule saying the quarterback likely will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Lions, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Reports after Thursday's practice were pessimistic, but Bridgewater apparently looked better Friday while participating in a limited capacity for the third straight day. Rhule is avoiding the question of who will start at quarterback in the event Bridgewater is inactive, saying Friday that he isn't ready to declare either P.J. Walker or Will Grier as the replacement. It's a tricky situation for fantasy managers to navigate, but a 1 p.m. ET kickoff at least makes things a little easier, with clarity on the Panthers' plans at quarterback likely to come by 11:30 a.m. at the latest.
The Panthers remain hopeful that Bridgewater (knee) will be able to start Sunday's game against the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
A report Thursday suggested the veteran quarterback was unlikely to play, but he apparently looked better Friday, potentially putting him on track to carry a questionable designation into Sunday's game. The Panthers haven't clarified whom might start at quarterback if Bridgewater can't play, as the team has both P.J. Walker and Will Grier on its roster.
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