Even with crowded QB room, Teddy Bridgewater makes sense for Jets

From ESPN - March 19, 2018

Now it's official: The New York Jets have a crowded depth chart.

Teddy Bridgewater signed his one-year contract Sunday, increasing the number of Jets quarterbacks to five. The others are Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg and Joel Stave.

A lot of folks are scratching their heads, wondering why the Jets made an agreement with Bridgewater last Tuesday after bringing back McCown and knowing they'd they try to trade up in the draft, presumably for a quarterback. (In fact, the trade happened Saturday.) Suddenly, there seems to be a fear that the McCown-Bridgewater tandem will prevent Rookie X from getting enough practice/playing time, thus stunting his development and continuing the perpetual cycle of quarterback mediocrity.

It's a fair concern, considering how the Jets have mishandled their quarterbacks in recent years. Even with Petty, Hackenberg and Stave removed from the equation, which seems inevitable, the situation could get cumbersome if not handled properly. But I am here to tell you the Bridgewater signing makes sense.

Four reasons why it can work:

1. Insurance: Every team should have two capable quarterbacks. Did not the Philadelphia Eagles prove that last season? The Jets decided to go without a seasoned backup in 2017, handing the No. 2 job to Petty -- and you saw how the offense fell apart when he replaced the injured McCown. Because the Jets were in a full-blown rebuilding mode, the decision to have an unproven backup (two, actually) did not seem out of line. But now the landscape has changed. Coach Todd Bowles needs to win games and ca not leave himself vulnerable. McCown, 38, never has played a full season, and Bridgewater has not played a full game in two years because of a devastating knee injury. It would not make sense to have one without the other.


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