The Denver Broncos had been a workforce that was talked rather a lot about over the previous week when it got here to the topic of quarterbacks. They traded for Teddy Bridgewater from the Carolina Panthers, reportedly created a commerce package deal to supply the Inexperienced Bay Packers for Aaron Rodgers after which hours later, handed on taking a quarterback with the No. 9 total choose within the 2021 NFL Draft. Who will probably be beginning beneath heart for the Broncos in 2021 is unknown, and head coach Vic Fangio admitted as a lot in a latest interview with Mike Klis of 9 Information in Denver.
When Klis requested Fangio how he would cut up reps between Bridgewater and third-year quarterback Drew Lock and if he would give the latter the advantage of the doubt as “starter” in coaching camp, Denver’s head coach mentioned it might be fairly equal.
“It will likely be one thing that on the finish of the day, possibly not on the finish of each day however over the course of OTAs and coaching camp, it’s going to be 50-50,” Fangio mentioned.
This time final 12 months, it seemed like Lock was the way forward for the franchise. The Mizzou product was inserted into the beginning lineup in Week 13 of the 2019 season, and the rookie went 4-1 in his first 5 begins. He accomplished 64.1 p.c of his passes for 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions, and gave the Broncos lots to be enthusiastic about. Sadly, Lock skilled a sophomore hunch in 2020, as he accomplished 57.3 p.c of his passes for two,933 yards with 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 13 video games performed. He went simply 4-9 because the starter.
Sadly, Bridgewater did not have a significantly better season. He signed a three-year, $63 million contract with the Panthers final offseason, however accomplished 69.1 p.c of his passes for 3,733 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions whereas going 4-11 because the starter.
Whereas it is onerous to imagine yet one more change of surroundings will profit Bridgewater, it is value mentioning Broncos normal supervisor George Paton was with the Minnesota Vikings once they drafted him with the No. 32 total choose within the 2014 NFL Draft. Plus, placing some professional stress on Lock within the type of competitors might be factor.