Canadian QB Brandon Bridge leaves impression on NY Giants

Fresh off a workout with the New York Giants, Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge signed his one-year contract extension in Saskatchewan.

But he did leave an impression on the Giants’ personnel men.

“Workout went well. I met with [interim head coach] Steve Spagnuolo and Kevin Abrams the [interim] GM. I felt like it was like the pro day again in college. All the guys were there and the quarterback coach was there as well and I just threw,” Bridge said.

“What they said to me is that they liked me, they said that they want to see a full year of me starting. They said I have the ability to play in the NFL, they just want to see that full year. They liked the flashes of what I did this past season with Saskatchewan. And they said they just want to see a full year of starting and see how I can keep on with that same trend as opposed to the highs and lows.”

Bridge started in Week 13 for the Riders in Hamilton and guided the team to a victory with 231 passing yards and three touchdowns. Two weeks later, the 25-year-old came off the bench to lead a comeback win against Toronto, finishing 20-of-28 for 292 yards and two touchdowns.

Overall, Bridge passed for 1,236 yards with a 66.6 completion percentage (92-of-138) and 10 touchdowns to just four interceptions while adding 20 carries for 127 yards and one touchdown on the ground. He sparked the Riders offence in the East Final, completing 11-of-21 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown in the team’s defeat. The TD toss was the first by a Canadian in a post-season game since Russ Jackson in the 1969 Grey Cup.

“It’s an opportunity,” Bridge said about working out for an NFL team. “Obviously, as a kid, you always want to be the best and the NFL is the best, it’s the highest level. So I wanted to challenge myself. Before that whole thing happened I even called coach Jones personally and asked him and he actually was encouraging. He said to go out and give it a shot and best of luck. He said if nothing happens we know that we want you and whatever you have on the table for us we’ll be waiting for you.”

The Giants believe Bridge is a good athlete with plenty of arm strength and velocity that will benefit from more starting experience in the CFL and further coaching to clean up his footwork and technique to help his accuracy.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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44 Comments on Canadian QB Brandon Bridge leaves impression on NY Giants

  1. He’s going to make an NFL practice roster about the same time the CFL changes the ratio for quarterbacks. Dollar wise there won’t be much difference. A Canadian starting QB and an NFL PR guy will make about the same bucks. Decisions, decisions.

    • They aren’t going to change the ratio for a QB.
      Bridge has made the roster on his ability and beat out other QBs, he doesn’t need the ratio help.
      The QB position is one position that should never count against the ratio.
      The QB is the most important positon on a team and needs to stay as a fully competitive position.
      If he starts this year and has good season then the Giants will likely sign him.

    • Not remotely correct. Facts an issue for yoo? PR is about $150K USD. Established starters in the CFL are >$300K with veterans closer to $500K.

    • “It’s an opportunity,” Bridge said about working out for an NFL team. “Obviously, as a kid, you always want to be the best and the NFL is the best, it’s the highest level”

      He just lost me! Real Canadians grow up dreaming of playing in the CFL, AND the CFL is the best.

      Real Canadians dont chuck Canada and go to school in the US fella

  2. If he impressed, can only imagine what BLM could do

    • Blue Rules // December 26, 2017 at 3:38 pm //

      Redhead – if the NFL wanted to see BM they would have already seen him, face it he doesn’t have what it takes. He’s gone as far as he can go! Very curious how do you make it about Calgary??????

    • BLM Black Lives Matter? For sure they do matter, as do all lives, but the group BLM is basically a terrorist group, what`s next is he going to kneel on CFL sidelines when Anthem is played? We already see he prefers the US. BTW I am still offended by Riders linking arms in the CFL, they did it in Toronto in East Final

  3. CFL Fan,you are no where correct. Starting QB’s in the CFL are paid $350K-$500K. PR pay for NFL players is $105K a year. Huge difference. Not to mention playing and leading a team with Grey Cup aspirations vs not seeing the field. Bridge isn’t in the top 10 in the league yet he talks of playing in the highest league. I wouldn’t hitch my wagon to a guy like that.

    • greenenvy? // December 26, 2017 at 3:25 pm //

      What does anyone expect the Giants to say? He DIDN’T impress them??? In the NFL they look at everything – remember how they tried to change Tebow’s throwing motion? Bridge has a lousy delivery, mechanics wise. Even Rider writers from the Leader-Post have acknowledged that. Bridge is not going to make it in the NFL. He’s lucky if he sticks around a full season as a starter in the CFL unless he spends a lot of time with a coach fixing his throwing. A guy like Franklin, in comparison, has a very good delivery & touch on the deep ball. Yet every off season in the CFL he worked with a throwing coach in California to get better, fine tuning it. If Rider fans are so convinced on Bridge as they always yap about, why all the constant nattering about Franklin BOUND to go to Regina in free agency? Easy – they know Bridge is not the real deal.

    • Also the Canadian dollar right now is up to 30% the value of the US$, the combined federal/provincial income tax is a lot higher in Canada with US income taxes set to decrease even more.
      The cost of living in Canada quite a bit higher than in the US.
      You can bet most CFL QBs are chomping at the bit to get a NFL contract even a minimum practice roster contract

  4. ivan Diablo // December 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm //

    seems he only has eyes for the NFL
    more $ but NFL people are very much hell bent on wins and he already has 2 strikes against him in their eyes – he’s canadian and black

    • If there was even a slim chance of him making it he wouldn’t be signing with the Riders this early. Why not wait till free agency?

      • The Giants told him to go back and get a year as a starter in the CFL so they can evaluate him.

        • justforkicks // December 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm //

          Exactly and if he signs with the Riders he has a pretty good chance of starting that one year they told him to get. If he aims for the NFL how can that be a knock? No I just want to be backup in the cfl ???

    • Nonsense!!! stupid ignorant comment
      There are back QBs in the NFL and he’s not a CIS QB he was a starting NCAA QB. Name one US coach that wouldn’t accept him because he’s black? they would lose their job.
      As far as the Americans are concerned he’s got the NCAA on his resume, he’s big and fast. He just needs to show that he is a CFL starter

      • Exactly!! the coaches/scouts etc couldn’t care less where he was born, they would be looking at what he did as a NCAA starter.
        The Riders will give him some starting experience and the Giants will probably review his performance a year from now.

      • greenonions // December 26, 2017 at 5:35 pm //

        If he wants to be a CFL starter, why sign early & with the Riders? Are you saying he is the guaranteed starter because Jones hasn’t said that. I fully expect there will be an open competition with Adams & Williams, if not Franklin, as Rider fans would have everyone believe. Why not AT LEAST wait till free agency to see if Franklin goes to the Riders? If it makes perfect sense for Franklin to wait for free agency if he wants to start, as the Rider narrative goes, why is it any different for Bridge? If Franklin would be stupid not to see what happens with Ray, isn’t Bridge just as stupid not to wait to see if Franklin signs? Or is Bridge’s signing an indication that the job is his, in which case the argument for Franklin to go to Regina doesn’t make sense. Both want to start, shouldn’t both wait? It’s not that simple, Jim, as far as starting & much more complicated than ‘showing he is a CFL starter” to land an NFL gig. His completion % in NCAA was pretty mundane.

        • brian johnson // December 28, 2017 at 7:14 pm //

          Correct FRANKLIN is not going to SASK??
          Doesn’t want to play there and AND has no love for Jones.

    • Lets see…Black QB”s
      Tyrod Taylor, DeShone Kizer, Marcus Mariota,Cam Newton, Russel Wilson,Dak Prescott. Brett Hundley, Jameis Winston. Man these BLACK QB’s must have had a big strike against them. Do I need to say any more…

    • Black??? that stereotyping/ racist view hasnt been around for a long time. QBs are signed and played based upon production

  5. Kaptain Beyond // December 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm //

    Gossip and speculation are tiresome. nfl talk is too. Yawn

  6. His position should count toward the ratio. He is more Canadian the Singleton at least he was born inland raised in Canada.

  7. Brandon Bridge is not some unknown to NFL people. He was invited to the NFL Combine prior to the draft and played in the NCAA.

    What I am saying is if the Giants thought he was truly impressive, they would have signed him immediately to develop and to keep away from the competition. Giants could just cut him in training camp without further obligation if things didn’t work out. Really, the Giants or any other NFL team would not pass up on a player they thought could help them now or in the near future as the risk is minimal.

    • greenenvy? // December 26, 2017 at 5:23 pm //

      Exactly right. The NFL gave the teams leeway for bigger practice rosters & now can carry 90 players until cut down date in September. If they have a prospect they can keep him around for a long while. The whole “starter” for a year assumes Bridge can start for a year & guarantees absolutely nothing even if he does. The guys they have an interest in will at least make the PR. If you’re not good enough to hang around till Labour Day, it means virtually nothing IMO. Talk is cheap & easy to give false hopes. You see guys like Zylstra & Daniels, to name 2, getting multiple auditions. If you have 1 or 2 teams kicking the tires, I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

      • ok here is the possible deal regarding what the Giants may have told Bridge, we need starters film on you from a consistent basis, you are not goin to start here but may start the whole year in Saskatchewan ( obviously they have some sort of an idea about the Riders coming and goings environment etc , as they have Weyburn Sask native Bret Jones on their roster for the past couple years. So the y know its a pretty stable football mad environment , yeap they COULD sign him let him rot on their devlopement roster and see 0 playing time//in Sask he might start 18 games playoffs, soooo they bring him back with more experience WITH NO cost to them , no harm no foul UCLA want nothing to do with the Browns ,a nd WANTS to playing New York.AS well other Qb’s like Baker Mayfield will be available in the draft. So the Giants are hedging their bets , as the ELI thing plays out . Bridge might develop well enough for them to run a year or two with him as a Qb potential starter , while they develop a high draft from USA as their future fanchise guy. Again for all concerned its a win win , Bridge will get to play LIVE games in Canada , and how well he plays will determine what happens next , SO Chirp on those who hate anything happening to a Rider property , what will happen will happen !!!

        • The Giants bring in more CFL guys than anyone every year. Keep them? Not so much. There”s still over 6 weeks to FA. Why sign now if there was any interest in Bridge? Lots of CFL players are still doing tryouts.

        • For some reason, people act like the Riders are the farm team for the NY Giants in that playing at a lower lever is a common before hitting the big leagues. Not true as almost all the QB’s in the NFL have never played in another professional league.

          Besides, all sports teams hoard as much talent as they can. If the Giants saw any potential in Bridge, they would be better off signing him cheap right now. An improved Bridge next year would only increase the cost to the Giants and create competition for his services.

        • Blue Rules // December 27, 2017 at 7:45 am //

          Gitfit????- that’s a whole lot of gobblie goop, first NOOOOOBODY gives a hoot that the local yokel’s are mad!!. Second BB will start games only if he is good enough to start, at this point he is not GOOD enough!!. Not close to be good enough!! This a no news no interest story day, so they toss Riders on a title, then sit back and watch people like cream yourself!!! Merry Christmas.

  8. Also remember, this is the franchise that sat Eli Manning, not sure this makes them the franchise with the best eye for qb talent. Brandon played well last year, but still has a ways to go.

  9. Edward Leslie // December 26, 2017 at 7:11 pm //

    Lots of thoughtful comments, both pro and con, regarding Brandon Bridge. But the best comment was by Rider fan. How can U.S. born and raised Alex Singleton be considered a national, but Brandon Bridge isn’t? Excellent point. I think Randy Ambrosie is going to FINALLY close this ratio exclusion. I hope so.

  10. Ricky Ray played lights his first few years in the league. Eventually signed with the Jets and got no where with them and came back to the CFL for good. It all gets down to opportunity whether it is the NFL or CFL. Remember Trent Green from way back. On the BC practice roster or 3rd string at best. Ended up starting for the Rams before getting injured big time which ended his career.

  11. Ivan Diablo, your an idiot!!!! He’s Canadian and played in the NCAA.Please tell me why being Black is a strike against him.

  12. Why would the Riders gift this guy with a one year contract and an opportunity to play in another league while enjoying a football tutorial as a starter in Regina? He may develop into a legitimate starter in the CFL, but I doubt that Jones wants to give him the keys to the franchise based upon last year’s relief role for Bridge. A one year contract suggests that Jones has other plans for the Riders when it comes to QB starters.

  13. Time will tell // December 27, 2017 at 9:45 am //

    I can’t believe that anyone still thinks that Jones has a plan for a starting quarterback. When he made the statement that he would turn over every stone in his search for a quarterback that told you that he has no plan but was relying on luck to stumble on one. There are still some quarterbacks out there who could become available so Jones may still get lucky. But there is no great plan set in stone, nor under a stone. As has been said, Jones turned over stones and found some fossils to try out. I expect he will have to hang his hat on Bridge and hope he shows some improvement. I don’t know how much money he gave Bridge but if anyone else becomes available, Jones will have some tough decisions to make because the salary cap will come into play. For the long term, Marquis Williams may be the guy but nobody knows if he is ready or how good he is.

    • You hit the nail on the head. Jones has auditioned 16+ QB’s in 2 years. Quantity over quality. Last year he hoped Vince Young would rekindle some magic. This year he can only hope he has a shot at Franklin. Deep down the Rider crowd knows they have nobody in house or they, from the local writers on down to the fans, wouldn’t still be obsessing over Franklin. A lot of hand wringing going on in Regina. But since when is hoping to outbid a few other teams a plan.

    • Yes and that lack of a plan only resulted in a league high 35 TD passes.

      • greenenvy? // December 27, 2017 at 5:59 pm //

        And more INT’s than anyone but Mtl & BC. If DB’s had actually caught the freebies thrown their way by Bridge, 3 alone in the final regular season game, they would have ranked last.

        • But they didn’t, and 35 TD passes still counts for more than your theories. Reality is what it is.

  14. That’s a Bingo!

  15. I’m much more concerned about the play if the o line than qb play. With a good o line in front of him, Bridge will be a star.

  16. Ratio designed to guarantee slots to Cana is hurting Bridge. Scrap the QB exemption and lower Cana to 6_6 on field. Ratio is insulting. These kids can make the team on their own.

  17. The CFL can’t afford to change the ratio rules on quarterbacks yet. It was nice to see some Canadian QBs have some time on the field this season but until they can get 2-3 starting Canadian QBs with regularity in the league. The QB position is still an international position.

  18. You could make the same argument for any position, sorry, that doesn’t hold up. If a Canadian is your qb, then they’re Canadian period.

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