ANALYSIS: "Matt Rhule said after Sunday's blowout loss to the Saints that Teddy Bridgewater's exit in the third quarter was less of a benching and more of a measure of protection for the veteran quarterback, who suffered an ankle injury earlier in the game. Whatever it was, it ended a middling year for Bridgewater, who managed just 15 touchdown passes against 14 turnovers in his first season in Charlotte. The Panthers hold the eighth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and they will almost certainly be a major player in the quarterback market. Rhule's Monday evaluation of Bridgewater felt ominous: "Teddy has to have a tremendous offseason."
ANALYSIS: "They have to make a decision on Teddy Bridgewater. He didn't play well down the stretch."