|Date of Birth||11/10/1992|
|Height, Weight||6'2", 215 lbs|
|Drafted||2014 - Rd 1|
Bridgewater may split the QB workload with Taysom Hill in the absence of Drew Brees (thumb), John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.
After Brees departed Sunday's game against the Rams, Bridgewater directed the Saints offense the rest of the way. Bridgewater's performance wasn't exactly pristine, as the Saints managed just nine points across nine possessions while he completed 17 of 30 passes for 165 yards. On Wednesday, coach Sean Payton wouldn't commit to Bridgewater as the starter moving forward, which leaves the door open for Hill to get snaps under center at some point. It may just be a strategic move to force upcoming opponents to game plan for both Bridgewater and Hill, but Bridgewater's experience would seem to give him the upper hand for most, if not all, of the quarterback reps Sunday in Seattle.
Although Bridgewater will have the first opportunity to replace Drew Brees (thumb) during his absence, coach Sean Payton could be quick to replace him with Taysom Hill if Bridgewater struggles early, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Bridgewater had Payton's full support Monday after a so-so performance in emergency duty versus the Rams on Sunday following Brees' first-quarter exit. The 26-year-old signal caller completed 17 of 30 passes for 165 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, a serviceable but uninspired line that ultimately failed to give the Saints a realistic chance of keeping pace with Los Angeles. While Payton named the team's poor offensive line play and 11 penalties as primary culprits for the offensive struggles, he may not be as tolerant should the Saints find themselves at 1-3 following their next pair of contests. Hill outperformed Bridgewater in the preseason and is more of a dual threat than the current starter, making him a natural candidate for a crack at the top job should the offense need a spark a couple of games into Brees' projected 6-to-8-week absence.
Bridgewater is in line to fill in as the Saints' starting QB with Drew Brees expected to undergo thumb surgery and miss approximately six weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Bridgewater -- a 2014 first-rounder -- has starting experience from his days with the Vikings prior to suffering a brutal knee injury in August of 2016 that stalled his career. Now further removed from that issue, Bridgewater should be a capable fill-in for Brees in the coming weeks and definitely is worth an add for those looking to secure QB depth or simply scrambling to replace an injured player like Brees or Ben Roethlisberger (elbow).
Bridgewater completed 17 of 30 passes for 165 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Saints' 27-9 loss to the Rams on Sunday. He also rushed twice for five yards and had a fumble, but it was recovered by the offense.
Drew Brees logged only five attempts before exiting the game with a hand injury caused by a collision with the helmet of Aaron Donald on what would be his final throw of the afternoon. That brought on Bridgewater for only his second taste of meaningful regular-season action since January 2016. The 26-year-old was understandably a bit rusty under the duress of an aggressive Rams defense that attempted to capitalize on his presence in the contest, but he managed to remain free of turnovers since the Saints recovered his one fumble. Bridgewater did show decent chemistry with lead receiver Michael Thomas, although he definitely has plenty of work to do in terms of rapport with the rest of his pass-catching corps. If Brees is unable to suit up for a Week 3 road battle against the Seahawks, Bridgewater is likely to get the starting nod, although jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill has at least a slight chance of being considered for the opportunity.