Both grew up in South Florida. Both played in Louisville. Both were drafted 32nd overall. And both are NFL starting quarterbacks.
Mutual admiration runs deep between Lamar Jackson of Baltimore and Teddy Bridgewater of the Broncos as they prepare to face each other on Sunday.
“It’s a unique bond,” Bridgewater said before practice on Wednesday. “We have a lot in common and I’m happy for all the success he’s had in his career. I’ve been following him ever since he moved to the U of L. It’s great that he’s made all the progress during his career.” I look forward to seeing him compete against our defense.”
Bridgewater Same Sport” would be big for South Florida, to tune in to the next Teddy Bridgewater or Lamar Jackson and see two people of similar backgrounds and similar upbringings. But at the same time, it’s a team sport and I’m sure Lamar Will say the same thing. We both have to do one thing.”
Jackson told reporters in Baltimore that Bridgewater visited the Louisville event, “many times, but we couldn’t really (discuss football) around that time. But of course, he’s my guy.”
Boon practice. Back running Mike Boone was named to return from injured reserve and took part in his first practice since sustaining a quad injury on August 12 at a combined exercise in Minnesota.
The Broncos have 21 days to activate Boone on the 53-man roster or keep him on injured reserve for the rest of the year.
In addition to his value as a back-up on offense, Boone will add to the experience of special teams.
Coach Vic Fangio said, “He has played with special teams in his past and that is one of the reasons we were excited to sign him (in March).”
Left guard Dalton Risner (leg) and right guard Graham Glasgow (knee) did not practice. Limited nose tackles were running back Mike Purcell (knee), Melvin Gordon (ribs) and outside linebacker Andre Mintz (hamstrings). Defensive end Shelby Harris (wrist), inside linebacker Justin Stranad (hand) and outside linebacker Malik Reid (ankle/thumb).
Next receiver up. Jerry Judy (ankle) is at least three weeks out and KJ Hamler (ACL) is done for the season. After Cortland Sutton and Tim Patrick, the next receivers up are Dionte Spencer, Kendall Hinton and David Moore.
“We expect those people to come in and be themselves,” Bridgewater said. “They don’t have to try to be Jerry or try to be KJ.”
Moore was dropped from the Las Vegas practice squad on Tuesday.
“They’ve got good reviews from our personnel,” Fangio said. “It’s a great opportunity for him as it is for Kendall and our other receivers. (Moore is playing on Sunday) is realistic if he can handle the learning.
footnote. Fangio confirmed that the Broncos promoted quarterback Brett Rapian from the practice squad as another team wanted to add him to their 53-man roster. … Hinton would have been a natural choice to play Jackson in practice, but not because of his increased role on crime. Fangio said an alternative is practice squad receiver D’Morne Pearson-El. … The Broncos signed Harry Crider and Jevon Patterson, both of whom are listed as guards/centers on the practice squad.