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Teddy Bridgewater ready to embrace crowded Jets’ quarterback situation


Teddy Bridgewater wouldn’t provide an update on the horrific knee injury that cost him nearly two full seasons, but he claimed he’s still capable of performing at a high level and will embrace a crowded and potentially awkward New York Jets quarterback situation.

Being an athlete and ultimate competitor, as a player, I welcome competition, Bridgewater said Wednesday, speaking to the media for the first time since signing a one-year, $6 million contract with the Jets.

That’s not something I’m comfortable talking about right now, he said, declining to say if his surgically repaired knee is 100 percent or close to it. I’m pretty sure that will be a discussion I have with the training staff and we’ll come up with a plan moving forward.

Bridgewater was healthy enough to get into a late-season game for the Vikings, but it was only nine snaps in mop-up duty. He threw only two passes, one of which was intercepted. Before the injury, he was considered an ascending quarterback.

I’m very confident in myself, he said. I’m confident in the athletic training staff and the coaching staff that they can get me back to the player that I once was. But at the same time, we’re only in March and the only way to get better is to put the work in now. I’m excited about this opportunity I have. … I can’t wait. I’m excited.

Hey, why not shoot for the stars, right?

I think he would have a big impact, Ogletree said Thursday. Of course, being in the division with him and just seeing his body of work, playing with him in college — well not playing with him, but I know the type of football player he is and I definitely think he brings a lot to the table for sure.

It is a nice thought, but it is not going to happen. Sure, the Giants have interest in the wonderful player called Honey Badger, but unless he wants to work for far below his market value, there is no match. Mathieu played for James Bettcher, the Giants’ new defensive coordinator, in Arizona, and his skill set as a safety alongside Landon Collins and as a slot cornerback, replacing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, is ideal. But the Giants simply do not have the money to pay him.

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