In the first 3 weeks of the NFL, quarterback numbers have been diminished by the game. Stars like Drew Brees, Cam Newton, and Nick Foles all went down with injuries. Other quarterbacks, such as, Trevor Simean and Ben Rothlisberger also went down with injuries. Many fans are groaning over having to start 2nd string QBs and have to suffer for weeks on weeks. However, the Jaguars and the Saints have Gardner Minshew, a living legend, and Teddy Bridgewater, former Minnesota Vikings QB. In this article we will take a look at both QBs and the possibility for them take their team far.
First, we take a look at Gardner Minshew, a star off the field for his wardrobe and his infamous mustache. The fans in Jacksonville love Minshew since he’s not only winning but fans have adored his off field presence. Minshew played for Washington State led them to a record setting 11 wins and became a 6th round draft pick for the Jags. Minshew made his debut against the reigning MVP, Pat Mahomes, and the Kansas City Chiefs when Nick Foles went out with a shoulder injury. The Jags lost this game however, Minshew completed 22 of 25 for 275 yards and two touchdowns and his completion percentage of 88% is the highest of any QB making their debut. Fans are and should be excited for Minshew as their QB since he has definitely shown he is capable of tossing the rock and beating teams as he did against the Tennessee Titans, whose defense is currently ranked top 10 in the NFL. Watch out for Minshew and the Jags the rest of this season, they’re a team to be reckoned with.
Next, we look at Teddy Bridgewater, former Vikings star who was sidelined for a couple of years with injuries. Now, Bridgewater has a chance to prove fans that he is still the same as he was coming into the league. This past Sunday, Bridgewater had is first start in Seattle against the Seahawks. Teddy completed 19 of 27 for 177 yards and two touchdowns and the win with the 12th man in full force at CenturyLink Field. With some help from the special teams, Bridgewater led the team to a big win without their star QB and their playoff hopes are still alive in a troubled NFC South division. My opinion on Bridgewater is that he will thrive and when Brees comes back the Saints will have a chance to make the playoffs.
These first 3 weeks of the season have had plenty of injuries but the replacements have been able to keep their team alive and still have a chance to make a push for the playoffs.