George Paton: Broncos happy with the two quarterbacks we have

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The hours leading up to the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft featured a lot of talk about Aaron Rodgers‘ future with the Packers.

Word of trade interest from various teams was followed by word that Rodgers wants out and that the Broncos were the likeliest team to swing a deal for him. Nothing happened on Thursday night and the Broncos wound up taking cornerback Patrick Surtain II with the ninth overall pick.

Broncos General Manager George Paton said that he wanted to keep focus on Surtain when asked about Rodgers at a press conference, but he did find time to say the team is happy with Drew Lock and the recently acquired Teddy Bridgewater.

“Drew’s been working hard every day,” Paton said. “Teddy’s going to bring some experience to the room, some leadership. So we’re really excited for both quarterbacks. We’re always looking at every position and quarterback’s another one, but we like the two we have.”

Paton didn’t rule out a move to add a quarterback to that group. Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst said the team isn’t trading Rodgers, but the quarterback making his desire to move on explicit could change things before the regular season arrives.

28 responses to “George Paton: Broncos happy with the two quarterbacks we have

  1. Aaron Rodgers is a cancer. A great football player for sure, but personally a cancer.

  2. When they passed on Fields, that told me they are going to land Rodgers soon. Otherwise, use the pick on Fields and upgrade the position

  3. “Drew’s been working hard every day”. Hard work isn’t enough. There are very few people who have the physical and mental talent to be a high-level NFL QB. I’m sure Tim Tebow was a hard worker too.

  4. I don’t understand the Bridgewater trade at all. There is no point to having 2 mediocre QBs when they could’ve drafted Fields or Jones. While there is no way of knowing now I would think Fields would be an upgrade over either of the current QBs on the roster.

  5. I thought that if Denver passed on Fields, it would be to take a player that they would trade to Green Bay after June 1, to save dead money on Rodgers. Perhaps Surtain fit the bill. But then the Packers picked CB with their first rounder. Future picks for Rodgers doesn’t make sense, since having Rodgers immediately devalues them. I can’t see it happening now unless Rodgers threatens to retire or something drastic. Man, Rodgers in Denver would be sweet though.

  6. Seeing they were ready to suit up coach Calabrese to play QB last year I would say anything would be an improvement.

  7. Rodgers is the Broncos only chance at relevancy. We have seen how good they aren’t without an MVP level QB. And it’s clear Elway has no ability to draft & develop one.

  8. Why are we drafting a CB when our defensive backfield is stacked with pro bowlers?
    We have a complete unknown at RT (63 snaps in two seasons) and are very questionable with two backup QBs.

  9. Everyone’s talking about how much they like their QBs… I think it’s and indictment on the talent they saw available. Watch Fields flop and the Broncos look smart when Surtain is takin after his pops

  10. As a Broncos fan, Surtain was my preferred pick if Paton didn’t go for a QB, so I’m thrilled with the pick. The hype on 1st round QBs is ridiculous when the majority of them bust or end up being average starters. Paton felt a veteran QB like Bridgewater would be a better option to utilize the young weapons Denver has and it’s hard to deny that logic. Surtain gets to play a year with 3 above-average CBs in Fuller, Darby, and Callahan and learn the NFL game, which can help fast track his development.

  11. mumfio says:
    April 30, 2021 at 9:46 am
    I don’t understand the Bridgewater trade at all. There is no point to having 2 mediocre QBs when they could’ve drafted Fields or Jones. While there is no way of knowing now I would think Fields would be an upgrade over either of the current QBs on the roster.

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    On Denver sports radio, they talked about this all day on Wednesday. Lock is like a home run hitter. It’s great and exciting when he makes a big play, but he doesn’t do it often enough for the team to be successful. Bridgewater is more of a singles hitter. Not as fun to watch, but he moves the chains more (hence the nickname “Check Down Teddy” Panthers fans gave him). With the amount of young weapons Denver currently has, they need a “professional QB” to execute the offense and that’s what Teddy B is.

  12. maxamili says:
    April 30, 2021 at 7:14 am
    Teddy checkdown and all I care about is my hair lock.
    Denver is gonna go 6/10

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    There are 17 games now

  13. Remember, this guy has been educated at the Rick Spielman school of press conference baloney for 5 years.

  14. Hard to see Surtain as a bad pick. With as many bad QB picks in the recent past Donkey fans should be elated.

  15. The Bears and Pats should feel reassured about their QB picks. If the all seeing QB guru John Elway felt that neither was good enough for the Broncos then they must be NFL caliber QB’s with good careers unlike all the ones (besides winning the Peyton lottery) John has evaluated and personally picked who have all turned out to be rally bad.

  16. Sure Elway.. trade for Aaron Rodgers. Since you know you can’t draft quality QBs, use your Hall of Fame status to recruit others.

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