Teddy Bridgewater continues to defy the odds in the NFL

(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater
(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater /

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was named the starting signal-caller of the Denver Broncos on Wednesday.

After a 2020 season with the Carolina Panthers that was a complete disappointment, it felt like former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was nearing the end of his chances to be a starting signal-caller in the NFL.

Luckily for Bridgewater, he landed with the Denver Broncos earlier this year. The Broncos gave the former Vikings first-round pick a shot at their starting gig, and on Wednesday, he received some great news.

After competing with Drew Lock for the last few months to be Denver’s starting quarterback, Bridgewater has emerged as the winner of the battle, and he will open up the 2021 season as the team’s starter under center.

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Ever since he suffered that gruesome knee injury in 2016, Bridgewater has been defying the odds every time he steps onto a football field.

No one would have been surprised if he never played in the NFL again after his devastating knee injury. But that was never an option for Bridgewater. Instead, his injured knee was just another obstacle for him to conquer and overcome.

With the Broncos this season, the 28-year-old passer is actually in a situation similar to the one he was in during the 2015 campaign when he helped Minnesota earn a spot in the playoffs.

Like the Vikings in 2015, Denver is expected to have a dominant defense and a rushing attack that has the potential to be one of the best in the NFL. Just as he did for Minnesota, Bridgewater will run the Broncos’ offense efficiently, keep his turnovers at a minimum, and make sure the defense isn’t put in a position to fail.

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The former Vikings quarterback should have a better chance to succeed in 2021 than he did last season with the Panthers, especially since he’ll be facing the easiest pass defenses in the league this year, compared to the hardest in 2020.