The forecast for tonight's Falcons-Panthers game calls for a 40% chance of rain with winds of 10-20 mph and gusts up to 25 mph. That's not quite enough wind for us to adjust our projections for this game. But you might use the weather as a tie-breaker if deciding between 2 similarly ranked players.
The Panthers are finalizing a deal with QB Teddy Bridgewater, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Bridgewater made himself some money last year by completing 69.7% of his passes with 9 TDs and 2 INTs while leading the Saints to a 5-0 record in place of QB Drew Brees. Over that stretch, Bridgewater ranked 6th in Pro Football Focus' passing grades and 4th in adjusted completion rate among 29 QBs with 100+ attempts. He's also familiar with new Panthers OC Joe Brady from their time together in New Orleans in 2018, when Brady was an offensive assistant for the Saints. This move would seem to signal the end of QB Cam Newton's time in Carolina.
Update: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Bridgewater is expected to sign a 3-year, $60 million deal.
Saints QB Drew Brees hasn't yet decided whether he'll return for another season in 2020. He's set to be a free agent in March but said that he won't play for a team other than New Orleans. "At this stage of my career, it's not a given that I'm coming back every year, but when that time comes, I'll always be a Saint," Brees said. The 41-year-old remained as efficient as ever this past season, completing 74.3% of his passes and averaging 7.9 yards per attempt. He ranked 3rd in Pro Football Focus' passing grades among 30 QBs with 300+ drop backs. If Brees does decide to hang up his cleats this offseason, the Saints would likely turn to QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Saints QB Drew Brees (thumb) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. HC Sean Payton refused to name his starting QB on Friday, but Brees has said that he plans on playing. We’ll continue to monitor the situation. Whoever is under center for New Orleans — Brees or Teddy Bridgewater — will be in a nice spot at home for Arizona’s 29th-ranked QB defense.
Saints HC Sean Payton declined to name a starting QB for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. "We'll approach this game with two QBs," Payton said. We're expecting Teddy Bridgewater to draw the start, but it sure sounds like Payton is planning to use Taysom Hill even more than he did alongside a healthy Drew Brees. This is a situation to avoid in Week 3 fantasy lineups.
Saints QB Drew Brees will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his throwing thumb, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The "initial estimate" has Brees missing 6 weeks. New Orleans has a Week 9 bye, so Week 10 might be Brees' most likely return date. We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation, but he's only worth stashing in 2-QB leagues or 1-QB leagues with an IR spot. If he returns in Week 10, he'll have 4 more home games left. QB Teddy Bridgewater will get the 1st crack at replacing Brees. He struggled in relief vs. the Rams and underwhelmed this preseason, posting a 61.4% completion rate and 5.7 yards per attempt. Consider Bridgewater just a low-end QB2 for now. But we do have some confidence that he's good enough -- alongside HC Sean Payton -- to at least keep RB Alvin Kamara and WR Michael Thomas afloat. If Bridgewater struggles, the Saints could give QB Taysom Hill a shot.
Saints QB Drew Brees hurt his right thumb in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams when banged it on Aaron Donald's hand on a follow through. Brees got the thumb taped up and briefly tried to throw on the sidelines. But he's now standing on the sidelines without a helmet. QB Teddy Bridgewater is in the game.
QB Teddy Bridgewater is set to re-sign with the Saints, despite receiving a more lucrative offer from the Dolphins, according to NFL Network's Jane Slater. "I’m told Bridgewater values the locker room culture and prospect of one day becoming the Saints starting QB," Slater adds. With Drew Brees now 40, Bridgewater's shot shouldn't be too far away. He remains a nice stash in dynasty leagues.
Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater will start this weekend's finale against the Panthers, HC Sean Payton said Friday. So QB Drew Brees will get the day off. We'd expect the same for RBs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram and WR Michael Thomas. Dwayne Washington figures to serve as New Orleans' lead back vs. Carolina, with Tre'Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood and Austin Carr handling most of the WR duties. It's unclear how much WR Ted Ginn will play after returning last week.
Saints QB Drew Brees said there's "no doubt" QB Teddy Bridgewater will play against the Panthers on Sunday. “It’s just a matter of how much." The last time the Saints had the #1 seed locked up heading into the finale, Brees didn't play a single snap. Don't expect to see much, if any, of him this weekend. Bridgewater is in play for DFS tournaments, although he probably won't get to throw to guys like Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Jets have agreed to trade QB Teddy Bridgewater to the Saints for an undisclosed draft pick. In New York (or New Jersey), that supports the anticipated move of naming Sam Darnold the Week 1 starter and leaves Josh McCown as the backup. On the other side, the level of the draft pick might tell us how interested we should be. If it's a late conditional pick, then maybe the Jets just couldn't find the market they hoped for Bridgewater. A pick closer to the middle of the draft, however, could point to the Saints eyeing Bridgewater as a potential successor for Drew Brees. We'll keep an eye on that. For 2018, of course, Bridgewater holds no fantasy relevance unless Brees goes down. Should that happen, though, Bridgewater would be a lot more interesting than he'd be as the 2nd or 3rd man in for the Jets. Bridgewater looks like a dynasty hold -- unless you can get a nice package from the Brees owner in your league.
Update: NFL Network's Mike Silver reports the Saints gave a 3rd-round pick. That seems to indicate they plan to try to keep Bridgewater beyond 2018 and/or believe they can recoup the pick via the league's compensatory calculations after Bridgewater signs elsewhere in free agency.
According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, Jets QB Sam Darnold saw the majority of QB reps in Sunday's practice for the 1st time since joining the team for training camp. That change came in a joint practice with Washington, and Cimini called it "an indication he might start Thursday night" in the 2nd exhibition game. HC Todd Bowles said he hadn't made a final at QB for the game yet, but Cimini reports that the Jets have planned all along to let Darnold start at least once in the preseason. This change in practice reps also follows a debut performance that earned Darnold a fair amount of praise. We'll see what it means for his quest to start the regular-season opener.
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