Lock recently met with a few teammates for a throwing session, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Lock had been riding the pandemic out with family in Missouri before recently returning to Denver. Renck did not report which members of Denver's receiving corps participated in the session, but any increased familiarity with his targets will be good for Lock heading into Year 2. The sophomore passer had some impressive moments during his 4-1 run as a starter and it's fair to wonder if he could have performed even better had he not missed a chunk of the preseason and two-third of the regular season with a thumb injury. The Broncos are installing a new offensive scheme and will have a lot of new faces on offense, so every little bit should help with organized team activities presently limited to online meetings.
The Broncos invested three of their five picks during the first three rounds of the draft on offense, building around Lock for his sophomore campaign, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
Lock went from second-round pick to injured reserve to surprise 4-1 starter all within the course of a few months. He flashed some big-time ability, particularly in Week 14 against Houston, despite having little in the way of established weapons opposite Courtland Sutton. That changed in a big way Thursday and Friday when the Broncos selected wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler in the first and second rounds, respectively, and followed up with the selection of Lloyd Cushenberry in the third round. Cushenberry figures to be a Day 1 starter at center, while Jeudy's smooth route running and Hamler's sub-4.3-40 speed could earn them starting roles as WR2 and WR3. Add in the investments the front office made in power back Melvin Gordon and guard Graham Glasgow in free agency, it all means that if Lock fails to establish himself as the franchise cornerstone in Year 2, it won't be for lack of support.
Lock appears to have little competition for the starting job after the signing of journeyman Jeff Driskel as the presumptive QB2, Benjamin Allbright of KOA News Radio reports.
Lock was mostly solid, but showed flashes of real promise down the stretch during his 4-1 tenure as the Broncos' starting quarterback. That didn't prevent some from calling for Denver to bring in a veteran to push Lock in 2020. That hasn't happened, however, and while Driskel has the athleticism to complement Lock's style, his 1-7 career record as a starter -- albeit on some bad teams -- is unlikely to trigger a camp battle. It is possible that the Broncos look for a developmental quarterback in the late rounds of the draft, but everything is trending toward a full-season audition for Lock in 2020.
General manager John Elway acknowledged that Lock is "the guy" in Denver, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Lock's 64.1 percent completion rate as a rookie was actually better than what he posted in any of his four seasons at Missouri. That's not to say concerns about accuracy or pocket presence can now be totally dismissed, but the 2019 second-round pick at least played well enough to earn the starting job for Week 1 of 2020. Elway was asked about the possibility of signing Tom Brady, and while the GM said he'd be willing to talk with the future Hall of Famer, he also made sure to mention that the Broncos are happy with Lock, per Mike Klis of 9News Denver. There hasn't been any other suggestion that Denver is one of the destinations Brady would consider.
Lock will have a new offensive coordinator in 2020 after the Broncos officially appointed former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur to the position Tuesday.
Shurmur's scheme averaged 4.5 plays of 20 or more yards per game over two seasons in New York, good for sixth in the league, per Patrick Smyth, Denver's Executive Vice President of Public and Community Relations. Despite having the aging Eli Manning under center in 2018 and then rookie Daniel Jones at quarterback for New York in 2019, Shurmur has developed a reputation as a play caller capable of making defenses uncomfortable downfield. That style seems to suit Lock's big arm and gunslinger mentality. Additionally, given his two unsuccessful stints as an NFL head coach, Shurmur seems unlikely to jump ship for another organization any time soon, giving the Broncos some stability around their young signal-caller.
Lock completed 100 of 156 passes for 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions during his five-game rookie campaign. He added 72 yards on 18 carries.
After spending the bulk of the season on injured reserve with a thumb injury, Lock came out guns blazing with two touchdowns in his first quarter of play and a dominant performance in his road debut against Houston. He fell off in a blizzard game in Kansas City and threw for just two touchdowns combined in season-ending wins against Detroit and Oakland. Though the production declined, Lock seemed to have fewer misses and didn't have some of the over-aggressive turnovers he had in his first few outings. Lock was considered a project coming out of the draft, so the fact that his passer rating topped that of the 2019 draft's three first-round quarterbacks should excite fans and a front office that has struggled to find a franchise passer. He'll be the guy in 2020. Expect the Broncos to, at the very least, add a more viable deep threat opposite Courtland Sutton in the draft and look for reinforcements along a line that was decimated by injuries by season's end.
General manager John Elway said Monday that it "is not realistic" for the Broncos to turn to options other than Lock for the Broncos' starting quarterback job in 2020, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Elway's comments don't come as much of a surprise after Lock guided the Broncos to a 4-1 record in his five starts down the stretch. While his statistics varied from game to game, Lock took care of the ball and occasionally made some flashy plays. Despite being seen as a project when he was selected in the second round of 2019, Lock's numbers stacked up well with the quarterbacks chosen ahead of him. The Broncos might poke around the 2020 draft or in free agency for a cheaper, more reliable backup rather than bringing back one or more of Joe Flacco, Brandon Allen or Brett Rypien, but the team finally seems to have a promising young signal-caller to build around.
Lock completed 17 of 28 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 16-15 win over the Raiders. He added 29 yards on six carries.
For the second week in a row, the opposing defense forced Lock to dink and dunk and, with little success running the ball, the Broncos offense was out of rhythm for much of the game. One of the few exceptions came just before half time when, following a fumble recovery by Trey Marshall, Lock completed a big third-down pass over the middle to DaeSean Hamilton, drew a pass interference call with Courtland Sutton and then dumped it off to Andrew Beck on the next play for a one-yard score. Lock was never really able to recapture the magic of his start against Houston, and he accounted for just two touchdowns in his final three games. He was held under 200 yards passing in three of five starts, all wins. Still, his 89.7 quarterback rating on the season was better than all three of the quarterbacks drafted ahead of him and behind only Gardner Minshew among rookies. The rookie was supposed to be a project, so a solid foundation has been set heading into 2020. Expect the Broncos to try to build around him with a more formidable WR2 and a new starter or two along the offensive line.
Lock completed 25 of 33 pass attempts for 192 yards and a touchdown while accounting for 10 yards on his four rush attempts during Sunday's 27-17 win against Detroit.
The rookie signal-caller rebounded from a shaky showing in his homecoming trip to Arrowhead Stadium in Week 15, logging his first NFL outing without a giveaway against a struggling Lions struggling defense Sunday. Lock had thrown one interception in each of his first three career starts coming into the contest, but Sunday he played turnover-free ball while leading two fourth-quarter scoring drives to overcome a 17-13 deficit. He owns a 6:3 TD:INT and a 3-1 record heading into a Week 17 matchup against a Raiders defense that held Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers without a TD on Sunday.
Lock completed 18 of 40 passes for 208 yards and an interception during Sunday's 23-3 loss in Kansas City. He added three yards on two carries.
Lock's return to Missouri wasn't particularly welcoming as snow covered the field and the Chiefs' pass rush routinely got to the rookie passer before he was able to find an open target. The Missouri product had a nice 43-yard pass to fellow rookie Noah Fant to convert a second-quarter fourth-and-short, but Denver's receivers were otherwise unable to get open downfield before Lock was swarmed. That pressure led to Lock throwing a very ill-advised cross-field interception in the red zone in the third quarter. Lock has been good for a boneheaded play or two in each of his first three starts, but he's also shown flashes of promise in each. He probably isn't worth placing on your radar yet, but he does get a much better matchup Sunday at home against the Lions.
Lock completed 22 of 27 passes for 309 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 38-24 win at Houston. He added 15 yards on three rushing attempts.
Lock completed 16 of 19 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone, as the visiting Broncos took a 31-3 lead into the locker room. Those three scores were a 14-yarder to Noah Fant, an eight-yarder to Jeff Heuerman and a three-yarder to Royce Freeman. The rookie second-rounder out of Missouri improves to 2-0 as an NFL starter, and he threw for more than twice as many yards in this one compared to last week. Maintaining that undefeated record won't be easy with a trip to Kansas City on tap for the Broncos in Week 15.
Lock completed 18 of 28 pass attempts for 134 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception Sunday against the Chargers. He also carried three times for 15 yards in the 23-20 win.
Making his first NFL start, Lock struggled to the tune of 4.8 yards per attempt while completing just one pass longer than 11 yards. He encouragingly showed a strong rapport with top wideout Courtland Sutton, with whom he connected for a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter. Lock also used his mobility to gain a couple of first downs, and, aside from an interception in the third quarter, generally took care of the ball. After a somewhat successful debut, Lock should start again next Sunday in a more favorable matchup against the Texans.
Lock will start Sunday against the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The rookie took first-string reps at practice throughout the week, so Denver will give him a look with Brandon Allen as his backup. Lock was activated from injured reserve this week after missing the first 12 weeks with a sprained thumb in his throwing hand.
Lock (thumb) has officially been activated off injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Chargers, but it remains unclear who will start under center between him and Brandon Allen, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Although no official starting quarterback has been announced, Lock is considered the favorite to get the opportunity. The rookie took first-string reps at practice throughout the week, which indicates the Broncos are going to see what they have in their second-round pick. Both Joe Flacco (neck) and Allen struggled to get the offense moving this year, so we may have an opportunity to see if Lock has the key to jump-start it.
The Broncos will "definitely" activate Lock (thumb) from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Chargers, but Denver has yet to decide whether the rookie or Brandon Allen will start at quarterback in Week 13, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
Newman notes that Denver is expected to choose a starter late Friday or at some point Saturday, but Lock looks like the overwhelming favorite to garner the nod. According to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic, Lock took the first rep at every practice Wednesday through Friday, signaling that he's likely jumped ahead of Allen in the pecking order. Allen generally struggled to move the offense in his three starts following Joe Flacco's (neck) placement on injured reserve, completing just 46.4 percent of his throws for 6.1 yards per attempt and a 3:2 TD:INT.
Lock (thumb) is expected to be activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Chargers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Per James Palmer of NFL Network, the Broncos increased Lock's reps to "about 75 percent of the offensive snaps in practice this week," an arrangement that points to Denver turning to the 2019 second-round pick over Brandon Allen in Week 13. Coach Vic Fangio may not name starter before Sunday in order to keep the Chargers guessing, but at this stage, it would be a surprise if Lock doesn't take over for Allen this weekend.
For the second straight day, Lock (thumb) took the initial first-team QB rep at practice Thursday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
While the signs are pointing to Lock being activated from IR to start Sunday's game against the Chargers, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com relays that as of Thursday coach Vic Fangio is not yet prepared to announce the Broncos' Week 13 starting QB. Per Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post, it's possible that the team might wait until Sunday to name a starter, but at this stage it looks like the 3-8 Broncos are on the verge of giving Lock -- the No. 42 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft -- a chance to run the team's offense (taking over from Brandon Allen) as soon as this weekend.
Coach Vic Fangio wouldn't commit to a starting quarterback between Lock (thumb) and Brandon Allen for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. "As far as this week goes, all options are on the table," Fangio said Monday. "We'll make that decision in the next few days."
The Broncos don't need to activate Lock from injured reserve until next Tuesday, Dec. 3, but Fangio indicated he may make the call before week's end. Fangio also told Jhabvala that "practice time ... just all that lost time and preparation" are the things holding him back from making the decision. Having said that, Fangio may be willing to expedite Lock's return to the 53-man roster after Allen completed just 10 of 25 passes for 82 yards and one interception during a Week 12 loss at Buffalo.
Coach Vic Fangio said Friday that it's possible Lock (thumb) could be activated from injured reserve Week 13, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Fangio said Lock has been "doing good when you factor in he hasn't done anything since August." Since being designated for return from IR on Nov. 12, Lock has worked with the scout team. The Broncos will have until Week 14 against the Texans to make a decision on the rookie second-round pick, who stands to be the backup to starting signal-caller Brandon Allen in the event that he does join the 53-man roster.
Coach Vic Fangio said it's "unlikely but possible" Lock (thumb) is activated from injured reserve in advance of Sunday's game at Buffalo, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
In the event Lock does elevate to the 53-man roster, he'll be the backup to current starting quarterback Brandon Allen. Lock is expected to continue working with the scout team this week, much like he's done since he was designated for return from IR last Tuesday. The Broncos have two weeks remaining to make a decision on Lock, but in the meantime Brett Rypien will serve as the team's No. 2 QB.
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