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Matt Rhule says Teddy Bridgewater ‘excellent match’ for Panthers however will not rule out drafting QB


Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule says quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is “an ideal match” for the group’s new offense because the franchise begins its post-Cam Newton period, however his signing doesn’t preclude the group from including to the place within the upcoming draft.

Rhule informed reporters Wednesday in a video teleconference that the choice to maneuver on from Newton, the face of the Panthers’ franchise, had extra to do with the brand new teaching employees’s familiarity and luxury with Bridgewater than the foot and shoulder accidents that restricted the 2015 NFL MVP to solely two begins final season. 

Newton was launched March 24, lower than every week after Carolina signed Bridgewater to a three-year, $63 million contract. 

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“I believe the world of Cam as an individual, after which everybody is aware of the kind of participant he is been for a lot of, a few years,” Rhule stated. “[But] it’s a must to make powerful selections about your roster and it’s a must to do what’s in the very best curiosity of the group transferring ahead.”  

Bridgewater’s relationship with new offensive coordinator Joe Brady additionally performed a serious position within the resolution. 

The 2 labored along with the New Orleans Saints in 2018 earlier than Brady was employed because the passing recreation coordinator at LSU, the place he helped projected 2020 No. 1 general decide Joe Burrow to a Heisman Trophy-winning marketing campaign and the Tigers to final season’s Faculty Soccer Playoff nationwide title.  

“He is aware of the verbiage, he is aware of the ideas. You watch him on tape, he is executing the performs that we will run,” Rhule stated of Bridgewater, who received all 5 of his begins filling in for an injured Drew Brees in New Orleans final season. “So you’re feeling actually good about that. After which, all through his profession, he is somebody who makes everybody round him higher.  

“I believe he is the proper match for us, for our offense, for the place the group needs to go.” 

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With Bridgewater, 2019 third-round decide Will Grier and XFL standout P.J. Walker on the roster, quarterback seems to be among the many lesser considerations for a Panthers group with an abundance of wants because it embarks on a serious rebuild in Rhule’s first season. 

And whereas the previous Baylor head coach acknowledged the unlikelihood of choosing a quarterback within the draft’s first spherical, he wouldn’t dismiss the thought ought to a participant like Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon’s Justin Herbert be out there at No. 7 general, which is the Panthers’ present spot within the first spherical.  

“I might say, clearly, I do not know if that is our focus proper now, a first-round quarterback,” he stated. “However on the finish of the day, if a man drops in your lap that you simply assume —at any place — you assume can change your group, do not let want overtake what’s the very best factor long run.  

“You are not drafting for the following 12 months, you are drafting for the following 4 to 5 to 6 years, and hopefully on.” 

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