Coach Vic Fangio said Lock and Bridgewater will split reps "50-50" during the offseason program and training camp, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: After making no additions to the quarterback room during the draft, the Broncos have settled on a Lock-Bridgewater battle under center. Lock has had a rocky and banged-up first two years in the NFL, completing 59.1 percent of his passes for 3,953 yards, 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions through 18 starts. He even tied Carson Wentz for the league lead with 15 picks during the 2020 season. Denver invested the 42nd overall pick in the 2019 draft in Lock, but they may want to see what the less flashy but steadier Bridgewater can do with the offense.
May 1, 2021 7:39 PM EST
New Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater is expected to challenge Lock for the starting job, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: It was probably never realistic for Lock to make it through the offseason without the Broncos adding some competition, be it in the form of a rookie or veteran. He could still end up facing both, though it might be argued that Wednesday's trade for Bridgewater decreases the odds of Denver picking a QB in the early rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. Either way, Lock will need to compete for a starting job this summer.
Apr 28, 2021 11:10 AM EST
Broncos general manager George Paton said of Lock and the team's quarterback situation, "We're always going to bring in competition at every position, quarterback as well, but I like the track Drew's on," Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The Broncos made an attempt to trade for former Lions' signal-caller Matthew Stafford in February, according to James Palmer of NFL Network. Such a development renders Lock's status atop the quarterback depth chart as tentative; but Paton has been publicly upbeat about Lock, stating that he has "all the traits you look for in a quarterback." The 24-year-old was tied for an NFL-worst 15 interceptions thrown during the 2020 campaign, while the Broncos QB position as a whole posted bottom-two finishes in both completion rate (54 percent) and passer rating (72.5). Lock composed a much-improved 7:2 TD:INT Weeks 14 through 17, but Denver went just 1-3 in those games.
Mar 5, 2021 3:59 PM EST
Lock finished the season having completed 254 of 443 passes for 2,933 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He added 160 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries.
Analysis: Lock showed promise during his five-game audition in 2019 only to finish 2020 by providing little additional clarity as to whether he can be Denver's quarterback of the future. There are potential explanations abound: a truncated offseason, new scheme, lost star receiver in Courtland Sutton and very young supporting cast. Still, when Lock tossed some passes up for grabs deep down field rather than take the underneath throw or use his legs, those excuses largely went out the window. There is some reason for optimism, including the fact that Lock's two best statistical performances came during his final four games of the year, but it'd be a shock if Denver doesn't at least try to hedge its bet this offseason. That decision will likely come from the to-be-named general manager, who may or may not have been high on Lock coming out of the 2019 draft.
Jan 12, 2021 7:20 PM EST
Though head coach Vic Fangio is safe, general manager John Elway's decision to move to a new role within the team and hire a new general manger may affect Lock's future, Benjamin Allbright of KOA News Radio reports.
Analysis: As Allbright notes, Elway was inclined to give Lock a third season to prove that he's the team's answer at quarterback. Now, a new general manger -- presumably one without any ties to the Missouri product -- will head into the offseason with the ninth overall pick and some potential veteran options on the market. Lock, playing in a new offense and with a very young supporting cast, showed strides during Denver's final six games even though the stat line seldom looked pretty. During that span, he completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,436 yards, nine touchdowns, five interceptions and another touchdown on the ground. Still, that improvement amounted to a quarterback rating of 85.7, which -- extrapolated over the course of the season -- would have ranked 27th among qualifying quarterbacks.
Jan 4, 2021 3:33 PM EST
Lock completed 25 of 41 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 32-31 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: He also added seven rushing yards on two carries. Lock set a new season high in passing yards in the season's final game, and avoiding committing a turnover for the first time since Week 1, but his overall numbers on the campaign were still mediocre at best as he finished with a completion rate of under 60 percent, a 6.8 YPA and a 16:15 TD:INT through 13 games. With the Broncos holding the ninth overall pick in what is shaping up to be a loaded quarterback draft class in 2021, Lock may have missed his opportunity to establish himself as the team's QB of the future.
Jan 3, 2021 9:03 PM EST
Lock completed 24 of 47 passes for 264 yards and two interceptions while adding 15 rushing yards and a touchdown on five carries in Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: While the second INT came on a hail mary at the end of the game, the first came in the red zone on the Broncos' first possession, as Lock's decision-making once again proved to be questionable. The second-year quarterback is back to being underwater on the season with a 14:15 TD:INT, and his lack of development this year could encourage the Denver front office to select another QB in next year's draft with what could be a top-10 pick. Lock and the Broncos will close out a disappointing campaign by hosting the Raiders in Week 17.
Dec 27, 2020 6:57 PM EST
Lock completed 20 of 32 pass attempts for 132 yards and one touchdown, adding five rushes for 37 yards with one lost fumble during Saturday's 48-19 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: The sophomore signal-caller committed a lost fumble for a second straight game, with Saturday's instance resulting in a 25-yard scoop-and-score for Buffalo's Jerry Hughes. Denver's offense has committed a turnover in 14 consecutive games, as Lock's 13 interceptions stand behind only Carson Wentz for the 2020 league high. Despite Lock posting a career-best 149.5 passer rating last Sunday in a win over Carolina, questions regarding his future with the team may loom into the offseason given yet another turbulent outing during Week 15. He'll have a chance to relive one of his shining achievements of the season in the Broncos' next matchup, facing a Chargers team against which he and Denver overcame a 24-3 deficit to secure a Week 8 win.
Dec 19, 2020 5:35 PM EST
Lock completed 21 of 27 pass attempts for 280 yards and four touchdowns, adding four yards over six carries while losing a fumble during Sunday's 32-27 win against Carolina.
Analysis: Lock's second-quarter fumble led to a Panthers TD two plays later, but he otherwise enjoyed his most impressive statistical outing of 2020. Not once all season entering Sunday had the sophomore signal-caller thrown multiple TDs without committing an interception, while his yardage output marked Lock's second-greatest total of the year. With Carson Wentz being the only player to rank higher on the dubious INTs-committed list entering Week 14, an improvement in the giveaway category is encouraging from the young Lock. He now prepares to face Buffalo on a short week, with the Broncos hosting the Bills on Saturday at 4:30 PM EST.
Dec 13, 2020 2:49 PM EST
Lock (undisclosed) completed 15 of 28 pass attempts for 151 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 22-16 loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: Lock returned from a precautionary one-week absence that resulted in all three of the Broncos' quarterbacks on the 53-man roster sitting out Week 12 entirely. The enigmatic franchise quarterback appeared to be cool and collected on the road as a two-score underdog, leading his team to a halftime lead against the Chiefs with a little help from his defense. The 24-year-old even had a chance to win the contest in the closing moments until reality reared its ugly head and saw him throw his second interception to Tyrann Mathieu in narrow defeat. It should still be considered a step in the right direction, as overcoming expectations is not an easy thing to do at the professional level and also in the national spotlight. From a fantasy perspective, Lock simply isn't the prospect GM John Elway hoped he would be, as he has regressed to a 55 percent completion rate and a negative TD-to-INT ratio in his sophomore campaign. Aside from 2QB formats, there should be a better option available for fantasy managers heading into the most-important part of the fantasy schedule.
Dec 7, 2020 12:26 AM EST
The Broncos activated Lock (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Lock was placed on the list after the entire Broncos quarterback room was deemed to be high-risk close contacts of Jeff Driskel, who tested positive for COVID-19 last Thursday. All of Lock, Brett Rypien and practice-squad member Blake Bortles were ineligible to play this past Sunday against the Saints, leaving QB in the hands of wide receiver Kendall Hinton. With Lock back in the building, he'll be under center for Denver's next game Sunday night at Kansas City.
Dec 1, 2020 1:36 PM EST
Lock continued to test negative for COVID-19 on Sunday, but he'll remain ineligible to play in the Broncos' Week 12 game against the Saints after being deemed a high-risk close contact of No. 3 quarterback Jeff Driskel, who tested positive Thursday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Analysis: Along with Lock, top backup Brett Rypien and practice squad quarterback Blake Bortles were also added to the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, leaving all three players ineligible to play Sunday. According to Renck, Rypien and Bortles also remain negative for the coronavirus, so all three likely would have cleared the NFL's COVID-19 protocols by Tuesday had the league chosen to move the game back two days like the Broncos requested. Instead, the game will be held Sunday as originally scheduled, forcing Denver to turn to practice squad receiver Kendall Hinton -- who previously played quarterback early in his college career at Wake Forest -- as its starting signal-caller in his NFL debut. Assuming he continues to test negative, Lock should check back into the lineup for the Broncos' Week 13 matchup with the Chiefs on Dec. 6.
Nov 29, 2020 6:02 AM EST
Lock will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and is ineligible to play Sunday against the Saints, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Schefter relayed that Lock, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel were all considered high-risk close contacts to an infected person. None were wearing masks at that time. In turn, they won't be available.
Nov 28, 2020 3:07 PM EST
Lock was pulled from practice Saturday out of abundance of caution stemming from Jeff Driskel's positive COVID-19 test Thursday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Klis goes on to suggest that Lock, along with backups Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles (on practice squad), were all pulled from Saturday's practice in an effort to maintain NFL protocols regarding COVID-19 contract tracing. All players have been repeatedly tested since Driskel's positive test and every test has come back negative, reinforcing the fact each player has been asymptomatic. Considering the Broncos seem to be taking all the necessary precautions, it seems as if fantasy managers should feel comfortable relying on Lock come Sunday, but it still might be worth checking in on his status closer to the 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff.
Nov 28, 2020 2:26 PM EST
Lock completed 18 of 30 passes for 270 yards and an interception in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Dolphins. He also gained 23 rushing yards on two carries.
Analysis: It was another poor fantasy performance from Lock, who got picked off for the sixth straight game and has a 6:11 TD:INT over that stretch, but the Denver pass rush ended up shutting down Miami's offense and didn't need much help to get the team in the win column. Lock could be headed for another tepid effort in Week 12 against a Saints defense that just held Matt Ryan and the Falcons to nine points.
Nov 22, 2020 5:46 PM EST
Lock (ribs) is active for Sunday's Week 11 tilt against the Dolphins.
Analysis: As expected, the second-year signal-caller will suit up after suffering some bruising and a strain in his rib area during a Week 10 loss to the Raiders. Therefore, Broncos skill-position players should be deployed as usual, although they'll face a surging Dolphins defense that's allowed just 194.5 passing yards per road contest thus far, the second-lowest figure in the AFC.
Nov 22, 2020 11:39 AM EST
Lock (ribs) is expected to start at quarterback in Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Lock suffered a "pretty severe strain and bruising" to his ribs in last week's loss to the Raiders, but he battled through it in practice this week and will give it a go Sunday. While he's still officially questionable, Lock is expected to be officially cleared when the Broncos reveal their inactive list 90 minutes before the 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff. Brett Rypien will be Lock's primary backup in case he aggravates the injury.
Nov 21, 2020 11:56 AM EST
Lock (ribs) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Kyle Newman of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: While coach Vic Fangio acknowledged that Lock was "a little sore" Friday morning after resuming throwing Thursday, he added that he "didn't see too much altering" in the QB's delivery. As for the chances of Lock -- who's been splitting practice reps with Brett Rypien -- starting this weekend, Fangio noted "we'll see exactly where Drew is so we can make a good decision, hopefully by the end of the day (Saturday), as to who will be the starter." If that's info the team shares Saturday, then we should have a pretty good idea of Lock's Week 11 status in advance of Sunday's 4:05 ET kickoff.
Nov 20, 2020 10:46 AM EST
Lock (ribs) is expected to be limited at Friday's practice and split QB reps with Brett Rypien, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: The 24-year-old is apparently trending in the right direction for Sunday's matchup with the Dolphins, but he isn't expected to significantly increase his practice work in the final practice of the week. Lock seems likely to be considered questionable for Week 11, but his status won't receive official clarity until the injury report is released Friday afternoon.
Nov 20, 2020 7:14 AM EST
Lock (ribs) split QB reps with Brett Rypien during Thursday's practice, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Lock, who was officially listed as limited Thursday, noted afterward that he felt good while throwing in drills, but fell short of confirming that he'll play Sunday against the Dolphins. "I would like to be (available to play)," Lock said Thursday. "Obviously I'll give my opinion and it's going to be I want to play, but in the end it's not 100 percent up to me what happens." Added clarity with regard to his Week 11 status should arrive no later than Friday after the Broncos trainers and doctors asses the signal-caller following practice.
Nov 19, 2020 2:22 PM EST
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