It's Teddy time in New Orleans.
"It's been so long, since 2015, the last time I started a game," Bridgewater said, according to the The Times-Picayune. "It's a great feeling. I'm excited. I'm trying to keep my composure. It's just another notch to check off the list.
"You get the chills thinking about it."
After suffering a devastating knee injury before the 2016 season, Bridgewater has attempted just three passes in two years. The 26-year-old isn't worried about the long break from meaningful action.
"I never turned it off," Bridgewater said Wednesday, per Nick Underhill of The Advocate. "Being in the position that I'm in you always have to stay ready. That's been my mindset since I arrived here. Approach each day with the same mindset that your opportunity can come within a blink of an eye."
With Bridgewater set to hit free agency this offseason, his start against the Panthers could draw plenty of attention from QB-hungry general managers. He put in a few very strong performances for the Jets during the preseason and there's a chance that a strong game on Sunday could lead to a potential starting job somewhere else in the league.