Drew Lock

Drew Lock

Quarterback #3
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 228 lb.
College:Missouri
Age:23
Born:November 10, 1996
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 2 (42)
Draft Team:DEN

Drew Lock: Two more picks, this time in loss

Lock went 24-for-40 passing with 254 yards and two interceptions during Sunday's 43-16 loss to the Chiefs. He also registered eight yards on three carries with a rushing score.

Analysis: The second-year signal-caller has struggled in his return from an early-season shoulder injury, throwing to a 53.1 percent completion rate with no passing TDs and four INTs over the past two weeks. Denver's defense did enough last week to cover up the sophomore's errors, forcing three turnovers and allowing just 12 points to New England. Against the defending champions on Sunday, however, the Broncos could not withstand another sloppy effort from the offense. Including Week 1, Lock has one total TD pass in the three games he has been able to complete, while the offense is averaging 16 points per game in those contests.

October 25, 2020 8:06 PM EST

Drew Lock: Struggles in victorious return

Lock (shoulder) completed 10 of 24 passes for 189 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's 18-12 win over the Patriots. He also registered five rushing attempts for minus-1 yard.

Analysis: Lock found Tim Patrick for a 41-yard gain on his first pass, but things only went downhill from there. He failed to lead the offense into the end zone, settling for six field goals, and Lock's fourth-quarter miscues almost cost his team the game. Denver's final three offensive plays before Lock kneeled out the clock in the final minute were a Lock fumble that he managed to recover followed by back-to-back interceptions. The defense bailed him out and led Denver to its second win, but Lock will need to step things up substantially to give his team a chance against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Week 7.

October 18, 2020 1:19 PM EST

Drew Lock: Active for Sunday's game

Lock (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Lock last suited up on Sept. 20, but the postponement of the Broncos' originally-scheduled Week 5 contest to this Sunday has afforded the second-year signal caller the added time he needed to be ready to return to the lineup following a two-game absence. Lock's return, along with that of running back Phillip Lindsay (toe), helps offset the Week 6 unavailability of leading rusher Melvin Gordon (illness) and top tight end Noah Fant (ankle).

October 18, 2020 8:34 AM EST

Drew Lock: Expected starter Sunday

Lock (shoulder) is expected to start under center Sunday versus the Patriots, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Lock's status will become official about 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, but he has avoided a setback and is good to go. The 2019 second-round pick was serviceable through the first two games, completing 23 of 24 passes (62 percent) for 236 yards and a touchdown. He'll be without both Noah Fant (ankle) and Melvin Gordon (illness) on Sunday, so Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and Phillip Lindsay are expected to be Lock's top targets against the Patriots' sturdy pass defense.

October 17, 2020 6:06 PM EST

Drew Lock: Listed as questionable for Week 6

The Broncos list Lock (shoulder) as questionable for Sunday's scheduled game against the Patriots, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: That said, coach Vic Fangio noted Friday that the QB is trending in the right direction with regard to starting Sunday, while adding that the team chose questionable for Lock over not listing him with a status given that the "probable" designation is no longer an option. While it looks like Lock will be a go Sunday, it's worth monitoring the entire Week 6 NFL slate due to the potential of COVID-19 related postponements.

October 16, 2020 12:35 PM EST

Drew Lock: Second straight full practice

Lock (shoulder) turned in a second straight full practice Thursday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports. "There were no setbacks [after Wednesday's practice]," Fangio said of Lock, who was sidelined for Denver's previous two games. "He definitely could start Sunday as it looks now, but we'll hold on making that final. He had a good practice [Thursday]."

Analysis: While Fangio stopped short of saying that Lock would reclaim starting duties Sunday in New England, the second-year quarterback should take back that role if he comes out unscathed Friday in the team's final practice of Week 6. Perhaps more intriguing than whether Lock will start Sunday is which of the remaining three quarterbacks on the roster might serve as his backup. Jeff Driskel and Brett Rypien both drew starts while Lock was sidelined, but Blake Bortles boasts the most experience of anyone in Denver's quarterback room.

October 15, 2020 2:26 PM EST

Drew Lock: Resumes practicing in full

Lock (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Lock missed Denver's last two games due to a shoulder strain, so that he's managed to resume handling unrestricted practice reps looks significant for his chances of retaking the field Week 6. Coach Vic Fangio hasn't yet committed to Lock as the starter for Sunday's game against the Patriots, per Nick Kosmider of The Athletic, but it certainly looks like the second-year signal-caller is trending in the right direction. In all likelihood, Broncos will monitor Lock throughout practice this week and make sure he avoids any setbacks before officially clearing him for a return.

October 14, 2020 12:01 PM EST

Drew Lock: Should be ready Week 6

Coach Vic Fangio said Sunday that Lock (shoulder) will likely be ready to start for the Broncos in the team's next game Week 6 at New England, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. "The extra week should help...we'll see how he progresses the next 72 hours, see how much better he gets, and go from there," Fangio said of Lock.

Analysis: The Patriots and Broncos were initially scheduled to play Sunday in Week 5, but due to three positive COVID-19 test results among New England players over the past week, the game was pushed back to Monday and then postponed to Week 6. The postponement created a de facto bye week for the Broncos, and few players on the team should benefit more from the extended break more than Lock, who had missed Denver's last two games with a right shoulder strain. Had the Broncos played Week 5, Fangio said Lock likely wouldn't be ready to go, but the signal-caller will likely have enough time to get healthy with Denver off the schedule until Oct. 18. Fangio hasn't decided whether Brett Rypien, Jeff Driskel or Blake Bortles will serve as Lock's top backup when the second-year quarterback is officially cleared to start again.

October 11, 2020 8:51 AM EST

Drew Lock: Broncos-Patriots delayed until Week 6

Lock (shoulder) and the Broncos won't play the Patriots on Monday after the game was postponed until Week 6 due to a third positive COVID-19 test in the New England organization within the past 10 days, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Broncos and Patriots are now tentatively scheduled to play Sunday, Oct. 18 in Week 6, which was originally a scheduled bye week for New England. Denver meanwhile, had been in line to host the Dolphins, but Miami now looks poised to take its bye Week 6. Lock (shoulder) had been listed as questionable heading into Monday's contest and was uncertain to play, but Denver's starting quarterback should be ready to return from a two-game absence if the Patriots are able to host the Broncos next weekend.

October 11, 2020 6:20 AM EST

Drew Lock: Listed as questionable

Lock (right shoulder) is listed as questionable for Monday's game.

Analysis: The extra day of preparation certainly appears to have benefitted the Broncos as Lock registered a second straight day of limited participation in practice. While Monday's matchup is likely a difficult one from a fantasy perspective, star cornerback Stephen Gilmore will not play after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week which could help Lock if he's able to take the field. The Broncos would certainly like the second-year QB to start if he's deemed healthy enough to, although fantasy mangers should still monitor his status ahead of the 5:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

October 10, 2020 1:14 PM EST

Drew Lock: Not ruled out for Monday

Coach Vic Fangio indicated Friday that Lock (right shoulder) has a chance to play Monday night against the Patriots, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Fangio wants to see how the QB progresses leading up to game time, but the extra day of preparation afforded by the Broncos' Week 5 game being moved to Monday is helpful in that regard. If, however, the team decides to play it safe with Lock, Brett Rypien would get Denver's starting QB nod versus New England.

October 9, 2020 10:22 AM EST

Drew Lock: Still limited at practice

Lock (right shoulder) remained limited at practice Thursday, Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports.

Analysis: While Lock is clearly moving in the right direction, coach Vic Fangio isn't quite ready to sign off on the QB returning to action in Week 4, noting that "besides just the throwing, which is the obvious evaluator, you also have to know if he's capable physically and mentally to take a hit or go to the ground." With that in mind, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News believes that Brett Rypien is trending toward starting Sunday's game against the Patriots. Added clarity on that front should arrive no later than Friday's final Week 5 injury report.

October 8, 2020 3:18 PM EST

Drew Lock: Set for limited practice

Lock (shoulder) will practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Lock's limited session Wednesday signifies his first return to practice since suffering a rotator/labral injury in his right throwing shoulder Week 2. The Broncos will evaluate Lock in practice as the week continues before making a final decision on his availability for Sunday's game in New England, but it looks as though there's a legitimate chance that the second-year signal caller could return after only a two-game absence. Mike Klis of 9News Denver notes that he's been able to throw a football since Monday. Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (illness) having tested positive for COVID-19 could put Sunday's contest at risk of postponement, but for now Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports that the Broncos are continuing as if Week 5's contest will be played as usual.

October 7, 2020 11:24 AM EST

Drew Lock: Takes in practice from sideline

Lock was a spectator at the part of the Broncos' practice open to the media Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Lock was knocked out of the Broncos' Week 2 loss in Pittsburgh with what was later termed a rotator/labral issue in his right throwing shoulder. The given timeline for a recovery was 2-to-6 weeks, so he reached the front end of that window this week. But Tuesday's session was an unofficial one, so Lock's true status won't be updated until Denver releases its first Week 5 injury report Wednesday. With Lock out of the lineup, Jeff Driskel started Week 3, Brett Rypien handled those duties Week 4, and Blake Bortles has been learning the system the past two weeks. If Lock us unable to return Sunday in New England, it's unclear who among the aforementioned trio will get the next shot to start under center.

October 6, 2020 2:58 PM EST

Drew Lock: May be back Week 5

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said Tuesday that Lock (shoulder) may be ready to play in Denver's Week 5 game Oct. 11 at New England, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Denver is facing a quick turnaround Week 4 with a Thursday night game against the Jets, so Lock will be sidelined for a second straight game with the strained right rotator cuff/labral injury he sustained in the Week 2 loss at Pittsburgh. The Broncos' decision not to place Lock on injured reserve had already implied the signal-caller had some hope of avoiding a three-game absence, but he'll still need to ramp up his practice activity next week to have a realistic chance at suiting up against New England. Fangio admitted that the Broncos have more hope that Lock will be ready to go for the Week 6 game against the Dolphins, so the 23-year-old is probably best viewed as doubtful for the Patriots game at this stage.

September 29, 2020 8:34 AM EST

Drew Lock: Not a candidate for IR

The Broncos believe that Lock (shoulder) has a chance to return earlier than three weeks and will not place him on injured reserve, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Lock's rotator/labral will cause him to miss a minimum of two contests, after which point he'll be re-evaluated, but it looks as though he has a legitimate shot at returning to the lineup versus New England in Week 5. It also remains very possible that Lock could miss up to five weeks, in which case he wouldn't retake the field until after the Week 8 bye, but Denver will at the very least leave the door open for a quick recovery. For the time being, Jeff Driskel will lead the Broncos' offense, with Blake Bortles set to serve as his top backup.

September 23, 2020 11:54 AM EST

Drew Lock: Will be re-evaluated in two weeks

Lock (shoulder) is slated to miss at least two weeks before the Broncos re-evaluate his injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Lock suffered a rotator/labral issue in his right shoulder during Sunday's loss to the Steelers. It looks as though the second-year signal-caller's earliest opportunity to retake the field will come Week 5 versus New England, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Broncos expect to have Lock back before their Week 8 bye. In the meantime, Jeff Driskel will line up under center for Denver. Even when Lock does return to action, he'll be forced to operate without top wideout Courtland Sutton (knee), who suffered a season-ending ACL and MCL tear Week 2.

September 21, 2020 11:02 AM EST

Drew Lock: Will miss 2-to-6 weeks

Lock suffered a rotator/labral issue in his right shoulder and will miss 2-to-6 weeks, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Lock underwent an MRI that changed the diagnosis from a sprained AC joint to a rotator/labral issue, but the timeline for his return remains the same. For the time being, Jeff Driskel is expected to start under center after finishing this past Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh following Lock's injury.

September 21, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Drew Lock: Expected to miss 2-6 weeks

Lock (right shoulder) reportedly sprained his AC and is expected to miss two-to-six weeks, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Analysis: Lock will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the severity of his injury and set the stage for how much time he might miss, but it now looks like Jeff Driskel is in line for a least a couple of starts at QB for the Broncos.

September 20, 2020 2:49 PM EST

Drew Lock: Will have tests on shoulder

Lock will undergo tests on his right (throwing) shoulder Monday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Though Lock sported a sling when he addressed the media after Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Steelers, the QB said he'll take "it day-by-day," adding that he's "optimistic about it," Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site notes. That said, the Broncos figure to proceed cautiously here, and unless Lock's issue is deemed very minor, the stage is set for Jeff Driskel to start next Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

September 20, 2020 2:20 PM EST

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