The first indication that Drew Lock will be under center for the Denver Broncos when the regular season opens came on Tuesday.
Head coach Vic Fangio told reporters that Lock will start the Broncos’ preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday. Meanwhile, Teddy Bridgewater will start the second preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 21.
As for the opener this weekend, Fangio noted that there’s not going to be a set number of plays or drives for Drew Lock before Bridgewater takes over.
“You have a hope, but what happens in these preseason games sometimes, if you go and have a couple of three-and-outs and the other team is driving it on you — you can’t go by quarters and series and stuff,” Fangio said, via Ryan O’Halloran of The Denver Post. “You have to try and go by plays as best as you can. We’ll keep a running tab during the game.”
Drew Lock and Denver Broncos quarterback situation
New Broncos general manager George Paton made waves recently with an explanation regarding why they passed up on a quarterback with the ninth pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. More than anything, the front office head still believes that Lock can be the quarterback of the future in Denver.
The former second-round pick from Missouri has drawn rave reviews during training camp as he prepares for his third season.
Despite this, Lock has shown very little reason to five the Broncos confidence that he can be the guy. The 24-year-old signal caller threw 16 touchdowns while tying Carson Wentz for the league lead in interceptions with 15 as a sophomore last season.
As for Bridgewater, he heads to Denver after a horrible only season with the Carolina Panthers. The former Pro Bowler threw a mere 15 touchdowns against 11 interceptions with Carolina last season before being traded to Denver this past spring.
Coming off a last-place finish, the Broncos are seen as being a few tiers behind the two-time defending conference champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. They are going to need to see more from either Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater if the team wants to earn a surprise playoff appearance in 2021.