|Chance of Injury in 2021:||8%|
|Chance of Injury per Game:||0.5%|
|Projected Games missed for 2021:||0.1|
-- Bridgewater has ranked among the league’s most accurate passers throughout his career.
-- His new OC, Joe Brady, coordinated LSU’s historic passing game in 2019.
-- The Panthers sport possibly the league’s speediest group of pass-catchers.
-- Bridgewater ain’t your deep-ball guy.
Here’s what we know about Bridgewater: He’s not much of a deep passer, but he’s highly accurate in the short range.
Bridgewater filled in for Drew Brees over 5 starts in New Orleans last season (plus half of the Rams game Brees left early). He compiled the league’s shortest average depth of target, at just 6.1 yards, according to Pro Football Focus. That was short even by his standards, impacted by an offense that ranked 4th in RB target share. (Drew Brees tied for 3rd-shortest at 6.9.)
But Bridgewater has previously come out on the short end of that category. As a 2014 rookie with the Vikings, he posted the 6th shortest ADOT (7.9). The next season found him tied for 5th-shortest (7.5).
Carolina’s new starter, however, has also delivered top-notch accuracy. Only Brees and Derek Carr among multi-game starters last year beat Bridgewater in PFF’s adjusted completion rate (80.6%), which filters out drops, throw-aways, spikes, batted passes and passes thrown while being hit. Bridgewater had also previously won in that category, ranking 4th as a 2014 rookie (who started 12 games) and then 2nd in 2015, behind only Bengals 3-game starter A.J. McCarron.
The accuracy was the obvious selling point for the Panthers, who signed Bridgewater to a 3-year, $63 million deal that locks him in for at least the next 2 seasons.
Before signing Bridgewater, Carolina imported a new coaching staff. HC Matt Rhule arrives after 11 years as a college OC or HC, first at Temple and then at Baylor (the past 3). His 11 offenses averaged a 54.5% rushing share. We certainly don’…
|Aug 30, 2016||NFL||Knee ACL Tear Grade 3||Bridgewater suffered a complete tear of his left ACL, a dislocated knee and "other structural damage," according to the Vikings, in a training-camp practice. He had surgery on Sept. 8, 2016 and took part in his 1st official practice on Oct. 18, 2017.|
|Nov 8, 2015||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Bridgewater sustained a concussion but was cleared for the following week's game.|
|Sep 28, 2014||NFL||Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1||Bridgewater sprained his left ankle and missed 1 game.|
|Nov 24, 2012||Non-NFL||Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1||Bridgewater sprained his right ankle but played the following week.|
|Nov 24, 2012||Non-NFL||Hand Wrist Fracture||Bridgewater broke his left (non-throwing) wrist but played the next week. He then had surgery before playing in Louisville's bowl game.|