Bridgewater was sacked on 9.0 percent of his dropbacks last seasons, one of the highest figures in the league. The signings of Alex Boone and Andre Smith, as well as the returns from injury of John Sullivan and Phil Loadholt, should help him stay upright in the pocket and maybe get a little more time to deliver the ball accurately and down the field. Bridgewater isn’t a great deep ball thrower, but if he has more time, it’s possible he takes more shots and lets his wide receivers such as Stefon Diggs and rookie Laquon Treadwell make plays on the ball.
“As far as Randy, it is a big step for him to be out here interacting, a big smile on his face and meeting people,” Stephen Jones said, via the team’s website. “This is good for him, and I appreciate him being out here.”
Without Fitzpatrick on the roster, the Jets are making alternate plans. They selected Christian Hackenberg in the second round of the NFL Draft from Penn State, and they kept Geno Smith, with the idea the two would compete for the job if Fitzpatrick doesn’t return.
Now, by all accounts, both sides want a reunion if the money is right, and Fantasy owners remain hopeful Fitzpatrick will be back in New York in 2016. While his production in 2015 was solid (3,905 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and 270 rushing yards and two touchdowns), it was what he did for Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker that has us concerned.
In an interview with Jim Rome, UFC president Dana White disputed the accuracy of that report.
“The reports that came out were not very accurate at all,” White said on the Jim Rome Show. “Obviously we’re a business, we’re always doing business, we’re always trying to grow the sport and take it to the next level, and we’re always working on deals, and as far being sold, people make us offers all the time. So we’ve turned downed some pretty big offers.”
Although White denied that the company was for sale, he didn’t deny anything when he was asked this week if only part of the company might be for sale.
“Obviously, if I’m in the middle of a deal right now, there’s a lot of confidentiality involved in it,” White told the Dan Patrick Show. “We’re working on expanding. We’re working on growing the company and moving it to other territories like China, Japan and Korea.”
“Keenan’s doing a heck of job,” he said. “It’s definitely a transition. It’s real. I think he said it. Guys have been doing this over and over again, rep after rep, thousands and thousands of reps under their belt. He’s got maybe a couple dozen under his belt right now, but that being said he’s doing really well. He’s a natural athlete. He’s got natural hands, which is a big plus. He can get in and out of routes. He’s a guy who’s still got a lot of work to do, but he has the ability to pull it off.”
Ward was Public Enemy No. 1 in Baltimore for years, but he could end up in the Hall of Fame one day too. And for as much as Ravens fans hated him, they would also love nothing more than having the next Hines Ward on their roster, haunting the Steelers for the next decade.
It’s worth noting that Brady, even while playing the so-called “caretaker QB” role early in his career, threw about three more passes than Bridgewater did in his first two seasons. And considering Brady came up in the early 2000s, when teams threw the ball less often than they do these days, the difference is probably even greater. Bridgewater edged out Brady in completion percentage, yards per attempt, and QB rating through two seasons, but Brady turned his throws into touchdowns more often (4.5 to 3.3 percent) while throwing interceptions at basically the same rate (2.6 percent to 2.5 percent).