CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a reputation for being more of a game manager than a game changer. His role with the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and now the Panthers has been to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers.

Now the Panthers’ best playmaker — running back Christian McCaffrey — is out for four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain. It puts some pressure on Bridgewater to become more of a game changer to make up for the loss of the league’s best all-around running back.

“I’m definitely ready for whatever is expected,” Bridgewater said as he prepares to face the Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) on Sunday (4:05 p.m., Fox). “As long as they see I have that determination, my coming to work every day with that chip on my shoulder, everyone is going to elevate their game also.


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