Teddy Bridgewater was just having some fun when he switched jerseys and positions with Alvin Kamara for the start of Thursday’s final minicamp practice.
But the New Orleans Saints’ backup quarterback turned serious when he talked about his skills as a pass-catcher.
“I’ve probably got the best hands in the NFL,” Bridgewater insisted. “Well, first Michael Thomas. But then Teddy Bridgewater.”
Make no mistake: Although Bridgewater decided that it was the best career move for him to spend another year behind Drew Brees and under the tutelage of coach Sean Payton in New Orleans — calling himself a “businessman” — his competitive fire is alive and well.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
Even when he was running the scout team during practices last year, Bridgewater loved talking trash to the Saints’ starting defensive backs. And they readily admit that he was torching them early in the season, before he forced them to step up their game.
Saints cornerback P.J. Williams said it reminded him of the way Jameis Winston was as a redshirt freshman when they were teammates at Florida State.
“He talks. He makes good throws. He can make all the throws,” Williams said of Bridgewater. “Having a player who has the caliber to be a starter on the scout team, that’s big.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal
“And it showed on the field. Because when he was beating us early on, we weren’t playing up to what we can play [in the games]. And once we started doing a lot better against him, it showed on the field too.”
Bridgewater got to resume his rivalry against the first-string defense during a pair of OTA and minicamp practices over the past two weeks while Brees was absent for a trial in San Diego. And Bridgewater looked smooth in the role, especially during one particular red zone session.
Bridgewater had his share of ups and downs during New Orleans’ spring practice sessions; he got picked off by cornerback Patrick Robinson during each of the final two minicamp practices. But for the most part, he looked impressive and comfortable in an offense that he is really installing for the first time.