Columnist On Bridgewater: "I Think He'll Do Fine"

Teddy Bridgewater will start his first meaningful game since 2015 on Sunday

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
September 19, 2019 - 9:12 am
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Drew Brees has been one of the most durable quarterbacks in NFL history. In fact, he’s played in at least 15 games 15 years in a row. That will change in 2019, as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb.

What hurdles must the Saints’ offense overcome in his absence?

“Brees has been the quarterback for this team since 2006,” New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist Rod Walker said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “The familiarity with him, he’s just such a leader. As far as the offense, Drew just sort of makes it go. So now having to get adjusted to a completely different guy, it’s going to be a big adjustment for this team.”

Teddy Bridgewater relieved Brees in Week 2 against the Rams and should see plenty of reps in Week 3 in Seattle.

“I think he’ll do fine,” Walker said. “Sean Payton is good enough with such a great offensive mind that hell be able to play the game to Teddy’s strengths and he’ll do the things he does well. I expect him to have some packages for Taysom as well – more than we’ve seen in the first two games of the season.”

Bridgewater acknowledged that he hasn’t started a meaningful game since leading the Vikings to the playoffs in 2015.

“He’s really looking forward to this opportunity,” Walker said. “He talked (Wednesday) about how patient he’s been and now he’s getting an opportunity. Obviously he didn’t want the opportunity to come this way, but it did and he’s embracing it and looking forward to it.”

Click below to listen to Walker’s interview in its entirety.