Should the Dallas Cowboys trade for Teddy Bridgewater?
By Broe Reeve
With injuries always a concern, should the Dallas Cowboys trade for New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater?
Teddy Bridgewater is not going to be the franchise quarterback for the New York Jets. Not too long ago, it looked as if the signal caller was just that for the Minnesota Vikings, but a career-threatening knee injury put Teddy’s NFL future in doubt.
Bridgewater has since recovered from his injury and looked solid in his first preseason game. Maybe now would be the time for the Dallas Cowboys to pull the trigger on a very talented player. The Cowboys could use some insurance behind quarterback Dak Prescott. If Dak falters again like he did last year, Bridgewater might even save the season.
In Friday’s preseason opener, Bridgewater completed 7 of 8 passes, for 85 yards and a touchdown. He’s getting a lot of buzz from Jets training camp and looks like he deserves a chance to start somewhere or be one of the top backups in the league.
The Cowboys have been burned in the past for failing to recognize the importance of a good backup quarterback. After winning 13 games in 2014, Dallas looked prime to make a deep playoff run the following season. The team had playmakers at multiple positions and were picked by many experts to make some playoff noise in 2015.
In week two, quarterback Tony Romo suffered a broken collarbone and the rest of the season was hard to watch. The Cowboys struggled the rest of the way behind the play of Brandon Weeden, Kellen Moore, and Matt Cassel. Cowboy fans had to watch America’s team go through a 4-12 season.
Say what you want about the expectations for the Cowboys in 2018. If Dak Prescott were to get hurt, or start playing poorly again, I don’t think many fans want to see the Cowboys have to start current backups Cooper Rush or Mike White.
Dak hasn’t missed a start in his two seasons but all it takes is one injury to shake things up. Part of his game is using his legs when given the opportunity which can expose him to more punishment from NFL defenders. Dak has 114 rushes in his two-year career and should get plenty of chances this season.
Let’s also not forget that after a stellar rookie season Dak saw nearly all of his numbers fall in every major passing category. After completing 67.8 percent of his passes for 3,667 yards as a rookie, he completed 62.9 percent for only 3,324 yards. It’s fair to wonder what Dak Prescott are the Cowboys going to get in 2018?
Bridgewater was a first-round pick in the 2014 draft after staring at Louisville. While he hasn’t put up passing numbers like an Aaron Rogers or Drew Brees, he has shown to be accurate and a winner. He was the first rookie in the NFL to ever complete over 70 percent of his passes in four straight games. Bridgewater also has a record of 17 wins versus 11 losses in his 28 career starts.
Sam Darnold is the future for the New York Jets and the hype surrounding Bridgewater is only going to increase with better showings in the preseason. The Jets are trying to drum up some trade talks and NFL teams are listening. If the Cowboys had to survive a stretch without Dak, who would you want to lead the team Cowboys fans? Mike White, Cooper Rush, or the former first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater?