Joe Flacco will get all the first-team reps at OTAs

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Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock is not getting a chance to unseat Joe Flacco as the starter. At least not yet.

Flacco will get all the reps with the first-string offense at Organized Team Activities, head coach Vic Fangio said today.

That’s not a big surprise. Although Lock may be groomed as the starter one day, the Day One starter is expected to be Flacco. And the whole first-string offense is likely to get better work in if Flacco is running the show.

Somewhat surprising is that Fangio said there’s no real pecking order among Lock and the other two quarterbacks on the roster, Kevin Hogan and undrafted rookie Brett Rypien. Instead, Fangio said those three will all be thrown into second-string and third-string reps.

“We’ve got open competition after [Flacco],” Fangio said. “We’ll randomly play those guys with the twos and the threes when we do our reps.”

Realistically, it’s not an “open competition” in the sense that all three quarterbacks have an equal chance to make the roster. Lock, as a second-round pick, is assured a roster spot, while Hogan and Rypien are competing to make the team. But while Lock is sure to make the team, he’s sure to start the season as Flacco’s backup.

35 responses to “Joe Flacco will get all the first-team reps at OTAs

  1. Not sure why anyone is surprised by this. Denver really had no intentions to draft a QB until they saw Lock continuously falling so they jumped up in the 2nd round and grabbed him as an insurance QB (and potential future). Flacco was there guy all along, and it’s his job to lose.

  2. Elway has a hard time judging QB’s.

    Flacco is not the answer either.

  3. If Lock can’t win the #2 spot then it looks bad for Elway.
    They should see if Lock can win teh starting job and if so cut Flacco and save the 24.5MM, even if it means losing an extra game or two. The Broncos aren’t ready to compete, but if Lock gets a year of experience and with another draft class the Broncos can be a good team in 2020.

  4. Rypien is a camp arm. Wasnt even good enough to be drafted or any Boise qb since 1975. Hogan will win #2

  5. Edward Halverson says:
    May 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm
    Elway has a hard time judging QB’s.

    Flacco is not the answer either.

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    Flacco is terrible and is a statue back there, given Denvers OL issues Flacco is really going to struggle next season.

  6. charliecharger says:
    Brett Rypien is the best QB on the roster, but he’ll probably only get an opportunity if other guys get hurt.

    Sure, Charlie.
    An undrafted free agent is the best QB on the Broncos. Of course, according to your posts Gardner Minshew was the third-best QB in this draft, and Luke Falk was the best QB in last year’s draft.
    I don’t know what you do for a living, but I know it’s not evaluating quarterbacks.

  7. It’s like a competition for being the captain of the Titanic. No matter who is in charge they’ll end up last in the AFCW

  8. “They should see if Lock can win teh starting job and if so cut Flacco and save the 24.5MM”

    Oh that’s just brilliant. Flacco got 44 million guaranteed, 40 of which was a signing bonus. If they cut him they take an immediate 44 million $$ hit to the cap. They would not only save nothing but take a far bigger hit to the cap then his contract is structured to cause.

  9. Dillon Pauls says:

    Denver really had no intentions to draft a QB
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    Yes they did.

  10. Flacco did not get a new contract when he was traded. You are quoting the contact he signed 3 years ago. All his guaranteed money is gone. Dead cap hit of 0. They could cut him tomorrow with no downside.

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    harrisonhits2 says:
    May 12, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Oh that’s just brilliant. Flacco got 44 million guaranteed, 40 of which was a signing bonus. If they cut him they take an immediate 44 million $$ hit to the cap. They would not only save nothing but take a far bigger hit to the cap then his contract is structured to cause.

  11. With a couple more targets than he’s had in Baltimore, a decent O-line, and a ground game, I think Flacco will do well. Joe has never had a solid number one receiver. Not once. He’ll definitely be motivated.

  12. What a horrific QB room.

    The battle for the basement once again this season.

  13. Lock is no Mayfield but that moron in Cleveland said the same thing about the guy he recently signed too. You have X # of guys trying to make the team. Play them and see which ones are the best ones before you start declaring which new guy gets the job. If you are playing a guy just because he makes the most money than the other guy then you simply deserve to lose.

  14. Flacco is a serviceable QB, he can manage games! He is the best option on their roster,only problem is you have to score serious points to win that division. John Elway is trying to find the modern day version of himself, never happen!

  15. I am surprised that Fangio did not even give Kap a chance, since he was the DC when Frisco was in the Super Bowl and Kap was the QB. May be Fangio does not have the final say on which players will be on the team.

  16. Looks like that Kiko Alonso hit had some long term effects! He really hasn’t been very good.

  17. After Elway drafted Lock, it signaled that Flacco is a 1 year starter. Flacco has no guaranteed money after this season and Elway can cut him after 2019. If Flacco takes the Broncos to the playoffs, he’ll keep his job in 2020. If he starts playing like he did last year, he’ll get replaced by a rookie…again.

  18. carloswlassiter says:
    May 12, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Never understood why coaches feel the need to announce this stuff now.

    WWBBD?

    ********************
    Question: WWBBD?
    ANSWER: – Give a snarky, sarcastic, condescending non-answer and treat you like you are too stupid to be in the same room with him.

  19. carloswlassiter says:
    May 12, 2019 at 4:31 pm
    Never understood why coaches feel the need to announce this stuff now.

    WWBBD?

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    BB would deny a knowing if a quarterback was on the roster. If they had played a down, taken a snap, or was otherwise alive and well.

    In 2 years, he would then trade that quarterback for first- or second-rounders and use those players to win more Super Bowls with Brady screaming “LET’S GOOOOO” from a wheelchair yet still well protected with an offensive line coached by Scarnecchia,

    The rest of everyone is playing for division titles and playoff berths. BB is silently just winning Super Bowls.

    FYI: I’m a Lions season ticket holder. Just have tons of respect for a guy who just exudes success.

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