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Jets backup QB Teddy Bridgewater ups trade value in preseason debut

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The Jets debuted in the preseason hosting the Falcons Friday and while the big story for them is the debut of rookie first round pick QB Sam Darnold, it’s another reserve QB that may now be in play for trade.

Teddy Bridgewater was dealt by the Vikings to New York earlier this off season, essentially as an insurance policy. This as, the Jets already had re-signed last year’s most of the year starter Josh McCown before drafting Darnold.

In Friday’s performance against mostly Falcons second team defenders, Bridgewater showed composure and accuracy.

Bridgewater finished with modest numbers at 7-8 for 65 yards and later threw a touchdown. Still, it’s a great comeback nearing full completion.

Bridgewater suffered a horrific knee injury at the end of training camp in in Minnesota in 2016. That sidelined him for all of that season and into 2017. The Vikings put together a magical run to make the playoffs and Bridgewater made it back to full health returning mid-season as a backup. He did play a series late in the year in “mop up” duty to as standing ovation to the Vikings fans.

So, the question now becomes: is there a team that needs or maybe just wants, some quarterback depth?

One such team is the Bucs, who know that QB Jameis Winston is suspended for the first three games of the regular season. That leaves them with 14 year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter and largely unproven backup Ryan Griffin, as the options.

Now the phrase “largely unproven” applies a little less to Griffin after Thursday night’s Tampa Bay preseason opener at Miami. That’s where Griffin completed a tremendous percentage of 20-26 passes and led two big scoring drives. First a tying touchdown and then he led the game wining field goal drive in the final minute, as the Bucs won 26-24.

So, as preseason goes along, Griffin should get more experience.

However, if the Buccaneers are concerned about needing another QB to help them or wanting “injury insurance” against one of their Ryans getting hurt, then a proven vet like Bridgewater could make sense.

The same could be said of a couple of other teams around the league that might see a healthy Bridgewater who looks good now, as an upgrade.

Then again, the Jets may decide they want to keep him and see if a team suffers a serious injury to a starting quarterback just like they did two years ago. Then, they could get even more in a trade.

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