The Jets added to their quarterback stable today with the signing of Teddy Bridgewater.
"I'm excited about the direction we're headed in," Bridgewater said. "I'm excited to be a part of something that can be very special and I just look forward to getting to work with the guys and a great year."
After declaring all options were on the table at quarterback, the Jets landed a 25-year-old who showed a lot of promise early in his career. A first-round pick of the Vikings in 2014, Bridgewater started 12 games his rookie season. He connected on 64.4% of his passes in 2014 with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, earning Pepsi Rookie of the Year honors and being named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.
He helped guide the Vikings to the NFC North title in 2015, earning a spot in the Pro Bowl after passing for 3,231 yards with 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He also scored three touchdowns on the ground and upped his completion percentage to 65.3.
After suffering a dislocated knee and ACL tear in August of 2016, Bridgewater returned last season and got a few snaps in the Week 15 triumph over Cincinnati.
The 6'2", 215-pound Bridgewater starred collegiately at Louisville, passing for 9,817 yards while connecting on 68.4% of his passes with 72 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He led the Cardinals to an upset win over Florida in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, throwing for 266 yards with two touchdowns.
"It's a young team, an ambitious team," he said of the Jets. "The coaching staff has positive energy, great energy and I think that with the combination of the talent that's on the team, that's something special to be a part of."
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