Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater got his first extended game action in just under two years and impressed.
Bridgewater completed 7 of 8 passes for 85 yards and one touchdown. The current backup was excited just to get on the field, and unlike most other quarterbacks, was looking forward to getting hit, too.
"It was awesome feeling," Bridgewater said after the game. "I was at peace out there. I was so excited. ... It felt good getting hit. You never want the quarterback to get hit, but for me it was like, man, it was the final step of the process. Got hit, got right back up. It served as a reminder that the game is still the same. It's still a physical game and the hits still feel the same."
Josh McCown started the Jets 17-0 preseason week one win over the Falcons and Bridgewater replaced him, before rookie Sam Darnold made his debut.
Bridgewater was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2014 after posting 2,919 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions in 13 games his rookie year. Bridgewater followed that year up with an even better season with 3,231 yards, 14 touchdowns, and just nine interceptions while starting in all 16 games. He also rushed for three touchdowns in 2015.
In 2016, Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and torn ACL during training camp, and things looked bleek. But he fought hard to get healthy enough to take snaps in 2017, and he took a few in the Vikings' Week 15 win over the Bengals.