In Teddy Bridgewater, Jets Will Start QB Who Won’t Be Able to Outrun Critics

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater began his first regular-season action since the 2016 season in Sunday’s win over the Raiders. With Sam Darnold out with a foot injury, Bridgewater stepped in for New York at quarterback, making his first appearance since coming out of the Minnesota Vikings’ concussion protocol two weeks ago.

Now, he will have the chance to show he can consistently perform at the level fans have come to expect from their quarterback.

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Before the season, many feared that the Jets would have to make do with Geno Smith as their quarterback. But now, he’s a backup. But he’s backup backup Geno Smith.

So Teddy Bridgewater is New York’s guy. There’s the problem.

Back when Bridgewater, who completed just 31 percent of his passes in two seasons with the Vikings, was picked in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Jets fans were thrilled.

Now, he has them all doing a double-take.

But Bridgewater, who had been sidelined all of last season because of a knee injury, answered his critics in a big way against the Raiders on Sunday, throwing for 261 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on a 26-for-34 performance while also running for two touchdowns.

He now hopes to find a way to prove that he can play at a high level on a consistent basis.

“This is the next step for me,” Bridgewater said after the Jets’ 24-16 win in Oakland on Sunday. “Having a little extra practice yesterday to get ready for the Jets, I really feel good about how we came out here today.”

Can he continue to play the way he did against the Raiders?

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