Former New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall firmly believes quarterback Sam Darnold is not better than Teddy Bridgewater.
Sam Darnold moving from the New York Jets to the Carolina Panthers was good news to a good percentage of both fanbases. Obviously, however, not everybody’s on the same page. In fact, another former Jet believes the Panthers’ new quarterback isn’t as good as the guy who played 15 games for the team a year ago.
Former Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall appeared on FOX Sports 1’s First Things First to discuss the deal. The Jets’ single-season receiving yards record holder quickly nipped any Darnold optimism Panthers fans may have had as of late.
"Sam Darnold is not better than Teddy Bridgewater. … I’m not sure that the Carolina Panthers got better."
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) April 6, 2021
“Sam Darnold is not better than Teddy Bridgewater,” Marshall claimed. “I’m not sure that the Carolina Panthers got better.”
For those who may have forgotten, Teddy Bridgewater was also a member of the Jets at one time, albeit briefly.
Prior to the 2018 NFL draft, the Jets signed Bridgewater to a 1-year deal after the team missed out on signing Kirk Cousins. As we all know, shortly thereafter, the team would move up in the draft to select Darnold with the third-overall pick.
There’s a good chance that the Jets signed Bridgewater originally to flip him for trade compensation, but there’s also a real possibility that he was just beaten out in camp by then-rookie Darnold.
Now, Bridgewater finds himself in a similar position. Panthers owner David Tepper stated last year that he was determined to find his franchise quarterback—implying that Bridgewater was to serve as only a bridge QB (no pun intended).
With Matt Rhule and Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer already high on Darnold since his college days, there’s a good chance Bridgewater will once again be supplanted by the USC product, despite what Brandon Marshall believes.