FOXBORO — Minutes earlier than Bill Belichick took the rostrum for his weekly Wednesday press convention, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel wrapped up his personal in South Florida.
McDaniel instructed native reporters beginning quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had suffered one other concussion, placing backup Teddy Bridgewater in line to begin Sunday’s sport at New England. Tagovailoa has by no means misplaced in 4 profession conferences with the Patriots, whereas Bridgewater has by no means confronted a Bill Belichick-coached protection. So what has Belichick seen from the veteran journeyman on tape?
“Yeah, I’ve always had a ton of respect for Teddy, liked Teddy. Good athlete, good arm, smart kid, athletic,” Belichick mentioned. “He presents a lot of the same problems that Tua does.”
In 4 video games this season, Bridgewater has accomplished 61.7% of his passes for 522 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He began one sport on the Jets in Week 5, however took many of the snaps in Miami’s losses at Cincinnati and Minnesota the weeks earlier than and after that begin. Belichick indicated the Dolphins offense, which is designed to create run-after-catch alternatives for huge receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, has remained unchanged when Bridgewater is underneath heart.
“I’d say it’s a high percentage of the offense,” Belichick mentioned. “I’m sure there are things they would do specifically for one guy or the other, but generally speaking, it’s the (same) offense.”
Belichick additionally famous defending Bridgewater, a right-handed quarterback, would require the Patriots’ to tweak their preparations for previous conferences with Tagovailoa, a lefty.
The Dolphins signed Bridgewater to a 1-year deal price as much as $10 million final offseason. The 30-year-old passer began his profession in Minnesota, the place he made one Pro Bowl and led the Vikings to a playoff berth in 2015. A catastrophic knee harm reduce his Minnesota brief and led to ensuing stops in New York, New Orleans, Carolina, Denver and Miami.