And the hits keep on coming for Teddy Bridgewater. With the NFL Draft almost two weeks away, the quarterback from Louisville has seen his draft stock take a tumble over the last month as questions have risen about his arm after a sub par pro day and fear of how his slim build will hold up in the NFL. Now one of his perceived strengths, his football IQ, is being questioned by someone who played against him last year.
"Teddy didn't really know too much about the difference between Cover 2 and two man," University of Houston defensive back Trevon Stewart said about Bridgewater.
The University of Houston played No. 21 UCF and No. 20 Louisville in back-to-back weeks. Houston lost both games by a combined 12 points. The Coogs' defense led the nation in takeaways and finished second in interceptions. They know a thing or two about shutting down a quarterback.
Bridgewater, who is set to visit with the Texans on Wednesday, went 19-for 29 for 203 yards, with no touchdown passes or interceptions against Houston. It was the fewest number of yards Bridgewater threw for last season and it was the first in 21 games he didn’t throw a touchdown pass. It was also the fewest number of points Louisville scored in a game all of last season. Many draft experts believe Bridgewater's ability to scan the field and his accuracy are his biggest selling points as a signal caller.
“He had a lot of athletes make plays for him,” Stewart went on to say about Bridgewater. “(Blake) Bortles had to make the plays for the athletes. So he had to put the ball in the right spots and Teddy could just throw it and his receivers were going to make something happen with it or his running back was going to make something happen with it.”
Three members of Houston’s defense complimented Bridgewater’s patience and his ability to run his offense. They also complimented the type of leader he was within the offense and with his teammates.
The week before facing Bridgewater, the Coogs held UCF quarterback Blake Bortles to 17-24 passing and 210 yards with no touchdown passes and one interception. Despite his struggles, every member of the Coogs defense we talked to raved about the intelligence of Bortles.
“He’s one of those guys that had control of his offense. He ran his offense, the coaches do the plays but that was his offense,” said Houston senior linebacker Efrem Oliphant.
“He was smart enough to pick apart our defense,” Stewart said. “If I were the Texans I’d take Bortles. He’s more of a complete quarterback. You can just tell real quarterbacks who are going to play for a real long time and he’s one of them.”
The Texans have already met with Bortles and hosted former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel on Monday. All are considerations at No. 1 overall by Houston.