Tracking Teddy Bridgewater

The Cleveland Browns aren’t the only ones, but they’re certainly keeping an eye on Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, right?

Bridgewater is just a junior and won’t have to make an NFL decision until January, but the way he’s played over the last 11 months has made him an NFL prospect, and the way he’s played this season has made Bridgewater a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate — maybe the frontrunner — and probably the early favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick.

So, yes, we’ll call this Tracking Teddy. And we’ll do it every week.

Through four games, Bridgewater has thrown for 1,214 yards, completed 72 percent of his passes and has 14 touchdown passes and one interception.

Now, Louisville’s schedule has been laughable. It won’t get much better, but a couple big games loom. He was 17-of-22 for 212 yards and four touchdowns against hapless Florida International on Saturday. The game was so bad, a running clock was used in the second half.

Really.

Bridgewater’s 14 touchdown passes have him tied for the second most nationally, one behind leader Sean Mannion of Oregon State and one ahead of Ohio State’s Kenny Guiton. He ranks eighth nationally in completion percentage and seventh in passing yards and yards per attempt.

Going back to last October 20th, almost exactly 11 months, Bridgewater has been on an absolute tear. In 11 games over that span, he’s completed 249-of-366 passes (68 percent) for 3,496 yards (318 yards per game) with 32 touchdown passes and six interceptions.

So, yes, the NFL is tracking Teddy.

We’ll all stay tuned.