Meeting with reporters on the first day of OTAs, Bridgewater was asked to explain how he handled those rumors.
“Honestly man, I just keep my head down and control what I can control,” Bridgewater said. “I tell everyone that. In this business, you have to wear big-boy [pants], and I wear them. A lot can happen in this business. Each day is an opportunity for me to get better as a person, as a teammate, as a family member, and in any aspect that I can. When everything came out, I really didn’t know until someone brought it to my attention. I’m in my own little world sometimes and far away from football. When the news broke, I don’t even remember what I was doing. Like I said, it’s a business and I understand the nature of this business.”
One thing he understands about the nature of the business is that it’s inherently competitive.
“Every day I wake up, I consider myself competing for my job,” Bridgewater said. “I think that’s the mindset of everyone who plays this game. Whether I was penciled in as being the starter or if I had to compete, my mindset is this is a competition. . . . You said there’s been ten quarterbacks here [since Peyton Manning]. Whenever you get into a situation, you always want to be the guy who can be there for a while. Of course, that’s my mindset, but at the same time, I have to take it one day at a time and continue to be the best teammate I can be today and let tomorrow take care of itself.”
Ten quarterbacks have started for the Broncos since Manning retired after the team won Super Bowl 50: Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, Drew Lock, Brandon Allen, Jeff Driskel, Brett Rypien, and Philip Linday, who started during the 2020 game when COVID-19 wiped out all of the team’s quarterbacks.
Bridgewater, if he wins the starting job, will be No. 11. Unless the Packers still end up getting No. 12 from Green Bay.