QB Teddy Bridgewater has become sort of an enigma these days as his less-than-stellar pro day and unimpressive Combine showing left much to be desired amongst scouts, despite his more-than-impressive game tape displaying pro-ready accuracy and decision making. His fall could be a major opportunity for the Tennessee Titans, who will be looking to provide their offense with some sort of safety net behind the oft-injured Jake Locker and career backup Charlie Whitehurst.
The Titans and new head coach Ken Whisenhunt have done everything the right way; the team has publicly backed Locker as their starter for the season and all indications are that he should be ready to take part in football activities come May. However, alternate routes must be taken if Bridgewater falls to the Titans pick at 11. Coach Whisenhunt has had his fair share of quarterback woes during his head coaching tenure with the Cardinals and the opportunity to groom a true pocket-passer like Bridgewater should prove tough to pass on.
Despite the high praise for his work ethic and character, Locker has yet to prove he can consistently manage an offense, something Bridgewater has displayed the past two seasons at Louisville.
Defenders point to Locker’s zero turnovers during the first four games of the 2013 season as a testament to his growth in the pocket. Locker was playing some really good football early on; however, after his return from injury, some of his biggest problems began to resurface as he struggled to consistently connect with receivers, including many overthrows and his turnovers grew as he threw four interceptions in three games before a foot injury ended his season.
The Titans’ front office is giving Locker one more shot to make it an entire season without injury and make an impression on the field to prove he’s deserving of a new contract, but if Bridgewater lands in the lap of Whisenhunt and the Titans at pick 11, then this plan must go out the window. Bridgewater’s strengths are Locker’s biggest weaknesses and if the Titans are serious about making a quick turnaround and competing for the division title, Bridgwater’s fall shouldn’t last too long.