Drew Lock is expected to compete for the Denver starting quarterback job with Teddy Bridgewater. It's no sure thing he will win. His 73.6% adjusted completion rate ranked 21st among qualified passers, his 5.8 adjusted yards per pass attempt put him 31st, his 3.6% touchdown rate rated him 27th, and his 3.4% interception rate was third highest. Not good. Unless that changes during the preseason, Lock will be a risky, benched-at-any-time, uninspiring middle- to late-round pick in two-QB and Superflex leagues and a no-go in any other format.
Neither Lock nor Bridgewater is leading in the competition to be the Broncos' starting quarterback in 2021, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports. "Still even Steven," said coach Vic Fangio on Monday. "There's been no separation. We're going to keep the rotation these next three days the way it's been." Lock handled the initial offensive snap on the first practice of training camp last Wednesday, but he and Bridgewater proceeded to split those reps in ensuing sessions. As intimated by Fangio, who previously said in the offseason that the breakdown would be "50-50" between the pair, the status quo will reign for the foreseeable future, likely in both practice and during the preseason when the No. 1 offense is on the field. Lock hasn't exactly lit it up since the Broncos selected him in the second round of the 2019 draft, completing 59 percent of his passes, averaging 219.6 yards per game and putting together a 23:18 TD:INT in 18 starts. Meanwhile, Bridgewater is more of a game manager, so it'll be interesting to see if the Broncos opt for upside or stability under center this fall.
Lock will get the first snap of training camp, but Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Teddy Bridgewater will get just as much work with the starters, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. While the split won't be even each day, Fangio said he's aiming for 50/50 overall, making it a truly equal competition. Bridgewater has more NFL experience and a better track record as a starter, while Lock has the advantage of scheme familiarity with holdover OC Pat Shurmur, in addition to superior arm strength and mobility. Bridgewater does also have some level of familiarity with Shurmur, whose time with the Vikings coincided with the quarterback's severe knee injury and subsequent rehab. The QB spot now looms as Denver's biggest issue at the start of training camp, with the roster otherwise appearing playoff caliber.
Coach Vic Fangio said Lock and recent acquisition Teddy Bridgewater will split reps "50-50" during the offseason program and training camp, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. After making no additions to the quarterback room during the draft, the Broncos have settled on a Lock-Bridgewater battle under center. Lock has had a rocky and banged-up first two years in the NFL, completing 59.1 percent of his passes for 3,953 yards, 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions through 18 starts. He even tied Carson Wentz for the league lead with 15 picks during the 2020 season. Denver invested the 42nd overall pick in the 2019 draft in Lock, but it may want to see what the less flashy but steadier Bridgewater can do with the offense.
Lock will likely have to compete for the Broncos' starting quarterback job in training camp after Denver acquired Teddy Bridgewater from Carolina on Wednesday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. After demonstrating limited progress in his sophomore season in 2021, Lock never appeared all that likely to make it through the offseason without the Broncos adding some competition, be it in the form of a rookie or veteran. He could still end up having to compete with both, though it might be argued that Wednesday's trade for Bridgewater decreases the odds of Denver picking a quarterback in the early rounds of this weekend's NFL draft. Either way, Lock will need to fight for his job this summer.
Broncos general manager George Paton said of Lock and the team's quarterback situation, "We're always going to bring in competition at every position, quarterback as well, but I like the track Drew's on," Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports. The Broncos made an attempt to trade for former Lions' signal-caller Matthew Stafford in February, according to James Palmer of NFL Network. Such a development renders Lock's status atop the quarterback depth chart as tentative, but Paton has been publicly upbeat about Lock, stating that he has "all the traits you look for in a quarterback." The 24-year-old was tied for an NFL-worst 15 interceptions thrown during the 2020 campaign, while the Broncos QB position as a whole posted bottom-two finishes in both completion rate (54 percent) and passer rating (72.5). Lock generated a much-improved 7:2 TD:INT Weeks 14 through 17, but Denver went just 1-3 in those games.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New York Giants||3||17.63|
|3||09/26||New York Jets||29||24.75|
|6||10/17||Las Vegas Raiders||23||22.38|
|8||10/31||Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
|12||11/28||Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|
|13||12/05||@Kansas City Chiefs||18||21.26|
|16||12/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||22.38|
|17||01/02||@Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|
|18||01/09||Kansas City Chiefs||18||21.26|
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|3 Year Avg||59.0||1976||12||9||116||2||152|