Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky among quarterbacks with most to prove

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Chicago Bears, Teddy Bridgewater
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Teddy Bridgewater – Panthers

Speaking of the Panthers, they too have a new face for their franchise. New head coach Matt Rhule will be giving Teddy Bridgewater another opportunity to start in the NFL. Bridgewater came back from a gruesome knee injury after going 11-5 with the Vikings in his second season. Despite the great record, Bridgewater was not efficient. He threw for 3,231 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He added three on the ground, but those are not good numbers.

Bridgewater found himself with a second chance to prove himself last season when Drew Brees went down with an injury. Bridgewater started five games and the team went 5-0. He was more efficient too. This is why he found himself signing a three-year $63 million dollars contract this offseason.

While with the Saints last year, Bridgewater threw for 1,384 yards, nine touchdowns and only two interceptions. His bad throw percentage was only 11.8 percent and his on-target throws were 81.3 percent. These are fantastic stats despite the small sample size.

If we look at his per-game stats, he had one exceptional game, two solid games and two below-average games. Out of his nine touchdown passes, four came in one game. His completion percentage though was over 70 percent in three of the five games he started. Bridgewater has plenty to prove seeing that he played in one of the most efficient offenses in the NFL last year. Now, he needs to prove he can make a difference in Carolina. Bears fans will be upset if he does.