Drew Lock should expect competition for his starting job

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Broncos General Manager George Paton said Thursday that Drew Lock has traits of a franchise quarterback, adding he likes the track Lock is on. It does not mean Lock will start for the Broncos in 2021.

Indeed, the Broncos are going to make Lock earn the job.

The team expects to add competition for Lock at the position, potentially using the ninth overall choice on a quarterback.

“Obviously we’re always looking to bring in players at all positions that can raise the level of competition, and the quarterback is no different in that regard,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said, via Ben Swanson of the team website. “Until we get or until Drew proves to be the next great quarterback, like the ones that the Denver franchise has been used to in years past or certain teams around the league . . . are used to. We’re going to always try and bring in competition. But I have confidence that Drew can continue to improve.”

Lock started 13 games in 2020 and his 75.4 passer rating ranked 32nd ahead of only Dwayne Haskins, Carson Wentz and Sam Darnold. Haskins and Wentz no longer are with the teams they played for in 2020, and the Jets could trade Darnold.

Lock’s 15 interceptions tied for the league lead.

It surely has left doubt in the Broncos’ minds that Lock is going to live up to being the 42nd overall choice in 2019. But Lock hasn’t wasted time in getting back to work, trying to prove the team right.

“I’m confident that Drew’s going to continue to improve,” Fangio said. “Drew’s had a great offseason up to this point. There’s not a lot you can do, but he’s working hard on his own, coming over here and getting workouts, and I know he’s doing a lot at home by himself, watching video by himself. He’s got a good setup over there. And he’s doing anything and everything he can to improve, even in February and now in March.”

24 responses to “Drew Lock should expect competition for his starting job

  1. The Bronco’s have no faith in Lock in being their franchise QB. Strictly a place marker

  2. It’s been said that other than Peyton Manning, who was a first ballot HOFer before he arrived in Denver, John Elway has whiffed on every QB. That’s just so ironic considering John is a HOF QB himself. But people are starting to look at this a little differently. Is it that John has a hard time evaluating QB’s, or does he pull the plug on them before they have a chance to mature? I’m definitely leaning toward the latter.

  3. It really comes down to how serious Drew Lock is about his future. From what I’ve heard (people who are close to him), he’s hired several people to help him study film and work on his footwork, etc.

    If he began his process back in January, then I believe he’s on the right path in terms of improvement.

  4. Since 2017 Denver has had 6 starting QBs.
    Trevor Siemian.
    Paxton Lynch,
    Brock Osweiler,
    Case Keenum
    Joe Flacco,
    Drew Lock…

    Yikes.

  5. charliecharger says:
    March 4, 2021 at 8:35 pm
    It’s been said that other than Peyton Manning, who was a first ballot HOFer before he arrived in Denver, John Elway has whiffed on every QB. That’s just so ironic considering John is a HOF QB himself. But people are starting to look at this a little differently. Is it that John has a hard time evaluating QB’s, or does he pull the plug on them before they have a chance to mature? I’m definitely leaning toward the latter.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    So you think the QBs he jettisoned went on to mature and do great things somewhere else? Heard of Brock Osweiler? Trevor Siemian is bouncing around practice squads.

  6. Should he? That guy has more turnovers than Arby’s. If he is starting, Broncos = doomed

  7. Is it that John has a hard time evaluating QB’s, or does he pull the plug on them before they have a chance to mature?

    ——————————————————

    It’s because he’s an awful GM

  8. If they keep Lock, the Broncos need to be hyper aggressive in free agency for a backup. There’s only a handful of decent backup QBs and about half the league is looking to sign one, so Paton better not be shy about overpaying. The Broncos QB situation is bad. The weird thing about Elway never paying attention to the backup QB position was throughout his career he always had good backups (Kubiak, Brister) and knew how important they can be, yet totally ignored the position for the last 5 seasons.

  9. John Elway lined up under guard his first NFL snap. Should’ve cut him and made Pat sell the team. Right?

  10. I legit forgot he was the starter. Denver has had so many qbs since Manning. Not the browns 2.0 but they are making a run at it.

  11. This kid just doesn’t have the drive to be a great QB. Seems more like he’s worried about having a good time out there. The dancing has to stop.

  12. Elway is not the brightest guy. He is a local legend and the team doesn’t have the heart to part ways with him. They would rather feel good than be good.

  13. It would be silly to anoint him the starter with all the turnovers. Bring in Fitz to compete with him. As you saw last year, Fitzpatrick is a team first dude and will help him anyway he can, even if it obvious that he should be the one starting.

  14. Every qb or player for that matter should expect that every season…. The question is if he’s mentally strong enough to deal with it.

  15. If it were as easy as studying film, then I’m fairly sure that most quarterbacks would be successful. There is a reason that Watson, herbert, brady, etc. can come into the league and immediately succeed. Prior years of preparation and some of it just being a natural. Lock is not going to improve to the level that a team should feel comfortable with him starting.

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