Teddy Bridgewater Is Not A Top 15 QB

Is Teddy Bridgewater a top 15 quarterback in this year’s NFL? Absolutely not. Now, WAS Touchdown Teddy a top 15 QB? Yes… in his draft class. This debate popped up recently when Bridgewater made his move from the Jets to the Saints. And it’s been highly divisive mainly among Louisville fans and people who know what they are talking about.

Teddy’s time in the NFL has been short and tragic; much like a lot of this throws. Due to one of the most gut-wrenching injuries off all time, he has only two real seasons under his belt (not counting the year with 2 pass attempts and one interception). Those two seasons really were not all that impressive either. I think a prerequisite for “top 15” status should be at least one year with 15 TD passes.

Getting away from stats, let’s use some logic. A top 15 QB should be better than at least half the starters in the league, right? So he should be able to start for about half the teams in the league, give or take a couple due to varying systems, especially those in the bottom half. What I am getting at is that Teddy couldn’t start for the JETS.

He was backing up Sam Darnold. Sam freaking Darnold. The dude whose face makes Andy Dalton’s look somehow less punchable. The dude who forgot what his receivers looked like when he played a ranked team. The dude who got blown out by 35 points against Notre Dame. Bottom line is that if you are top 15 quarterback or even top 30, you should be able to walk onto the Jets’ practice facility and assume the throne no questions asked.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Teddy Bridgewater. He was awesome at Louisville and had he not been injured the way he was, he very well may be a top 15 quarterback now. I want him to do well. It’s heart breaking seeing guy do so well in college and be forced to play back up his whole career while another guy starts for the Bills. There’s just a couple things that may be too hard to come back from: debilitating knee explosions, two years away from football, being drafted well after Johnny Manziel, and riding the bench while Nathan Peterman gets to pretend he is a star.

For those of you wracking your brain for a top 15:

  1. Super Bowl Nick Foles
  2. Aaron Rodgers
  3. Tom Brady
  4. Carson Wentz
  5. Drew Brees
  6. Andrew Luck
  7. Matt Ryan
  8. Cam Newton
  9. Ben Roethlisberger
  10. Matt Stafford
  11. Russell Wilson
  12. Philip Rivers
  13. Kirk Cousins
  14. Deshaun Watson
  15. Alex Smith

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