How much of a chance is unknown. But Teddy Bridgewater’s window has at least cracked open.
The backup Saints quarterback, who has attempted three passes the last two seasons, will get some game action Sunday, Drew Brees conceded Wednesday, when the Saints — who have nothing to play for — host the Panthers.
While coach Sean Payton has not been forthcoming about how New Orleans (13-2) will play after it already clinched a first-round bye and home-field advantage, the legend in front of Bridgewater revealed enough.
“I’m excited for him,” Brees told reporters, according to The Advocate. “I think there’s no doubt he’s going to get some playing time. It’s just a matter of how much. He’s the kind of guy who prepares to play every week.”
Brees has never blinked this season, so Bridgewater has watched from the sideline all year. The Jets signed him this offseason before Sam Darnold fell to them in the draft, and they dealt his one-year, $6 million base contract, with incentives, to New Orleans before the season began.
There will be suitors for Bridgewater again this offseason, when the 26-year-old, 2015 Pro Bowler will eye a starting job. The Dolphins, Bucs, Jaguars, Broncos and Redskins are among the teams that may need a quarterback — and his salary could skyrocket if the peek into his talent goes well.
Asked if it’s difficult to turn the metaphorical switch on, Bridgewater told The Advocate: “I never turned it off.
“Being in the position that I’m in you always have to stay ready. That’s been my mindset since I arrived here. Approach each day with the same mindset that your opportunity can come within a blink of an eye.”