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“He’s physically and mentally tough,” offensive line coach Joe Bugel said. “You can’t wear him down, can’t give him enough. I like guys like that.”

Still, when Bridges returned to practice Saturday, he was no longer competing with Williams and holdover Stephon Heyer to start at right tackle. Instead, he’s backing up Samuels, a six-time Pro Bowl pick, meaning he has no chance to start.

“I’m a very competitive guy,” Bridges says. “I’m not a backup. I know that’s been a label through my past couple of years. They say I’m a great backup. I’m a great starter, too.”