The Oakland Raiders didn’t wait long to end their trial run on Christian Hackenberg.
She would always say, ‘There’s someone out there who’s situation is way worse than mine, Bridgewater said. So I cant be down. And plus, the cancer feeds off negativity, so I have to be positive.’
The moments after his injury were chaotic and terrifying. But Bridgewater was able to stay calm, and put things into perspective, because he thought of his mother.
It was scary, but at the end of the day, I was still breathing, Bridgewater said. So that was my biggest takeaway from it. … That was the first thing that came to my mind. Like, ‘Man, I don’t know what just happened, but I know there’s someone out there maybe going through something worse than I am, so I just have to keep my faith and believe that everything is going to be alright.’
Bridgewater continued to impress Tuesday, as he practices with a brace over the knee and a sleeve over his leg. But there are still many checkpoints to pass before he can return to the level he once occupied. Until Bridgewater starts taking hits, no one can know for sure how his surgically repaired knee will hold up.
Last year, Houston’s Deshaun Watson posted a 9.3 percent touchdown percentage as a passer. To put that into perspective, only 2004 Peyton Manning (9.9 percent) was able to post a better mark with at least 100 passes thrown since the merger. Carson Wentz, with 7.5 percent, was second behind Watson in 2017.
If Watson throws for three touchdowns a start, he will have some of the best stats in an NFL career. Will his numbers regress from his six-start sample in 2017? Almost certainly. Is there room for concern about the long-term health of his knee? Yes. Would Houston trade him for any non-Aaron Rodgers player in the league right now? Doubtful.
The Texans caught lightning in a bottle last year after trotting out Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage as potential answers to their issues. If Watson continues the pace that he’s on, he can quickly emerge as a top AFC quarterback, something the conference has desperately needed with the aging of Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers.
Quenton Nelson is football’s version of Bane. Against LSU, he drove a linebacker into the dirt with more force than I can ever recall seeing. Against Georgia, he picked up a field blitz outside the right tackle as a left guard.