Lock finished the 2020 season having completed 57.3 percent of his 443 attempts for 2,933 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He added 160 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries. Lock showed promise during his five-game audition in 2019, only to finish 2020 having provided little additional clarity as to whether he can be Denver's quarterback of the future. Potential explanations abound: a truncated offseason, a new scheme, a lost star receiver in Courtland Sutton and a very young supporting cast. Still, Lock's tendency to put the ball up for grabs deep down the field rather than take the underneath throw often made those excuses moot. There is some reason for optimism, including the fact that his two best statistical performances came during his final four games of the year, but it'd be a shock if Denver doesn't at least try to hedge its bet at QB this offseason. That decision will likely come from the yet-to-be-named new general manager, who won't have the investment in Lock that John Elway did after using a second-round pick on the Missouri product in 2019.
Though coach Vic Fangio is safe, John Elway's decision to move to a new role within the team and hire a new general manager may affect Lock's future, Benjamin Allbright of KOA News Radio reports. As Allbright notes, Elway was inclined to give Lock a third season to prove that he's the team's answer at quarterback. Now, a new GM -- presumably one without any ties to the Missouri product -- will head into the offseason with the ninth overall pick and some potential veteran options on the market. Lock, playing in a new offense and with a very young supporting cast, showed strides during Denver's final six games even though the stat line seldom looked pretty. During that span, he completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,436 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions while scoring another touchdown on the ground. Still, that improvement amounted to a quarterback rating of 85.7, which -- extrapolated over the course of the season -- would have ranked 27th among qualifying quarterbacks.
Lock completed 25 of 41 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 32-31 loss to the Raiders. He also added seven rushing yards on two carries. Lock set a new season high in passing yards in the season's final game and avoiding committing a turnover for the first time since Week 1, but his overall numbers on the campaign were still mediocre at best as he finished with a completion rate of under 60 percent, a 6.8 YPA and a 16:15 TD:INT through 13 games. With the Broncos holding the ninth overall pick in what is shaping up to be a loaded quarterback draft class in 2021, Lock may have missed his opportunity to establish himself as the team's QB of the future.
Lock completed 24 of 47 passes for 264 yards and two interceptions while adding 15 rushing yards and a touchdown on five carries in Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Chargers. While the second INT came on a hail mary at the end of the game, the first came in the red zone on the Broncos' first possession, as Lock's decision-making once again proved to be questionable. The second-year quarterback is back to being underwater on the season with a 14:15 TD:INT, and his lack of development this year could encourage the Denver front office to select another QB in next year's draft with what could be a top-10 pick. Lock and the Broncos will close out a disappointing campaign by hosting the Raiders in Week 17.
Lock completed 20 of 32 pass attempts for 132 yards and one touchdown, adding five rushes for 37 yards with one lost fumble during Saturday's 48-19 loss to the Bills. The sophomore signal-caller committed a lost fumble for a second straight game, with Saturday's instance resulting in a 21-yard scoop-and-score for Buffalo's Jerry Hughes. Denver's offense has committed a turnover in 14 consecutive games, as Lock's 13 interceptions stand behind only Carson Wentz for the 2020 league high. Despite Lock posting a career-best 149.5 passer rating last Sunday in a win over Carolina, questions regarding his future with the organization may loom into the offseason given yet another turbulent outing during Week 15. He'll have a chance to relive one of his shining achievements of the season in Denver's next matchup, facing a Chargers team against which he and the Broncos overcame a 24-3 deficit to secure a Week 8 win.
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