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Vic Fangio has interesting quote about confidence in Drew Lock

Drew Lock

Despite having a young quarterback in Drew Lock that the franchise seems to like, the Denver Broncos have been checking in on other top quarterbacks this offseason. On Thursday, coach Vic Fangio shed some light on why that is.

Fangio said that Lock essentially needs to prove himself capable of being a franchise quarterback, and until he does, Denver will at least look into elite options.

Lock improved toward the end of the 2020 season, but still threw 15 interceptions against only 16 touchdowns. The Broncos want him to be the guy, but it seems they still have doubts. That said, it sounds like they’re only in the market for clear upgrades.

Based on Fangio’s words, expect to see at least some viable competition brought in to push Lock. They’ve already been linked to one quarterback who would fit the bill.

Broncos have unofficially given up on Drew Lock?

Drew Lock

The Denver Broncos have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for multiple starting quarterbacks this offseason, so it would stand to reason that they do not have much confidence in Drew Lock. According to one NFL insider, Lock’s days in Denver are numbered.

During an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Tuesday, Michael Lombardi of The Athletic said he has been led to believe the Broncos have already gotten close to trading for a quarterback this offseason. Lombardi said he believes the “whole conversation about Drew Lock being the guy is over.”

You can hear Lombardi’s thoughts at about the 1:40 mark below:

That meshes with another report we heard last week that said people around the NFL feel the Broncos are down on Lock.

Lock had 2,933 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his second NFL season. He started out rough and played a lot better down the stretch, but Denver’s schedule was much weaker over the latter half of the season.

The Broncos made one major organizational change this offseason that may not bode well for Lock’s future with the team. They are also clearly in on the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes, should the Houston Texans agree to trade him.

At the very least, it seems safe to conclude that 2021 will be a make-or-break year for Lock if he remains in Denver.

Report: Broncos ‘not sold’ on Drew Lock

Drew Lock

Drew Lock was inconsistent at best in his first full season as the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback, and there have been some questions about whether the team is committed to him going forward. According to one report, 2021 may be the former Missouri star’s final chance to prove himself.

Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network said this week that there was buzz at the Senior Bowl that some with the Broncos are down on Lock. The concern is that offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur’s offense could be too complicated for the QB.

“I have heard everything from ‘people are not sold on Drew Lock’ to ‘people are down on Drew Lock’. What I found out at the Senior Bowl is the Denver Broncos had to kind of slim down the playbook, take things out of the playbook that Drew Lock can’t run,” Pauline said, via Nick Kendell of Mile High Huddle. “They (the Broncos’ offensive coaching staff) almost had to dummy down the playbook so Drew Lock can handle it. That’s a major concern.”

Pauline added that 2021 will be a make-or-break year for Lock and that some people at the Senior Bowl envision the Broncos moving on from the former second-round pick.

Lock had 2,933 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his second NFL season. He started out rough and played a lot better down the stretch, but Denver’s schedule was much weaker over the latter half of the season.

The Broncos made one major organizational change this offseason that may not bode well for Lock’s future with the team. They have also been mentioned as a potential suitor for Deshaun Watson. If they have an opportunity to acquire Watson, the decision to move on from Lock will be easy.

John Elway announcement could be bad news for Drew Lock

Drew Lock

John Elway’s announcement on Monday could be bad news for Drew Lock.

Elway announced that he was giving up his duties as the general manager for the Denver Broncos. He will still be involved in the team’s front office, but the GM will be the decision-maker.

So why is that bad for Lock?

As 9News’ Mike Klis pointed out, nobody with the Broncos had more faith in Lock than Elway.

As long as Elway was there, Lock would have every opportunity to prove himself. Without that Elway protection, Lock’s future is in question. The new GM wouldn’t have the same ties to Lock and could easily part ways with him.

Lock would have to take a major step forward next season to convince a team he might be a franchise QB. The 24-year-old passed for 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions this season.

Drew Lock got great advice from backup Brett Rypien

Drew Lock

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock had the best game of his young career in Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers, and the former second-round pick says he has his backup to thank for that.

Lock completed 21-of-27 passes for 280 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in Denver’s 32-27 win. When asked about the performance, he told reporters he received some great advice from backup QB Brett Rypien during the week.

“You’re good enough to make the big play,” Lock says Rypien told him, per DNVR’s Zac Stevens. “Make it when it’s there. Check these balls down if it’s not there.”

Lock has a big arm and tends to force the ball downfield and into coverage. Learning to take the checkdown rather than always trying to make the big play is one of the most difficult things for a young quarterback to do. It’s impressive that Rypien, who is a young quarterback himself, was able to convey that to Lock.

By showing a willingness to take the easy play, Lock opened things up for the Broncos downfield. His 10.4 yards per completion was his highest mark of the season, as was his 149.5 passer rating.

Broncos rookie Jerry Jeudy appeared to take a shot at Lock with a tweet last week, which shows how much the Missouri star has struggled as of late. Sunday’s game was a much-needed turnaround.

Jerry Jeudy appears to take shot at Drew Lock in deleted tweet

Jerry Jeudy

Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is understandably frustrated with the way things have gone over the past several weeks, and he appeared to take a shot at his quarterback and/or the team following Sunday night’s loss.

Jeudy was targeted just four times and caught one pass in Denver’s 22-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Shortly after the game ended, he sent what seemed like a very sarcastic tweet and then deleted it.

That may have been Jeudy’s way of taking a swipe at Broncos quarterback Drew Lock, who threw two more interceptions to bring his total to 13 picks in nine games. Lock’s passer rating of 67.1 is the worst mark among all NFL quarterbacks.

Of course, Jeudy could have also been criticizing Vic Fangio and the Broncos’ coaching staff. Whatever the case, he has just four catches over the past three games and is obviously tired of running routes without seeing any passes his way.

Jeudy had a funny reaction to the Broncos losing all of their quarterbacks next week, but it doesn’t sound like he’s laughing anymore.

Drew Lock has good comment after Broncos’ close loss to Chiefs

Drew Lock

Drew Lock had the kind of quote that will make Denver Broncos fans happy following the team’s 22-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.

The Broncos led for most of the first half and were up 16-12 in the third quarter against the Chiefs before falling behind and ultimately losing. Though Denver kept things competitive, that’s not good enough for them.

Lock noted that the Broncos still walk away from the defeat empty-handed.

Head coach Vic Fangio shared a similar thought after the game. He said there are no moral victories.

That’s what you like to hear. The Broncos have bigger goals than keeping things close. But keeping it close is somewhat of a good sign.

Lock went 15/28 for 151 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He had a chance to be a hero at the end but was intercepted. He has not been very sharp this season.

Drew Lock’s mom rips those criticizing Broncos QB over COVID situation

Drew Lock

Drew Lock’s mother has issued a lengthy defense of her son after he was unable to play in Sunday’s game due to a breach in COVID-19 protocols.

In a lengthy statement on Twitter, Laura Lock criticized those who were attacking Drew Lock for perceived carelessness surrounding the rules. In particular, she defended him over his attendance at a Tuesday film session with Jeff Driskel, who ultimately tested positive and led the other three quarterbacks to be ruled high-risk contacts.

Laura Lock said Drew’s leadership led them to meet at the team facility instead of an unauthorized site off-campus. She also notes that all four quarterbacks had tested negative up to that point. She admitted that it was “unfortunate” but “not damning” that Lock had briefly been careless in not wearing a mask, but defended his handling of the virus, noting that he has asked his girlfriend not to travel to away games for safety purposes.

Laura also noted that her son “wasn’t the one with Covid” and asked why those who actually had tested positive weren’t receiving the same amount of scrutiny as her son, who never did.

“As a parent, an educator, a friend, a co-worker, a boss – using people to make an example of a situation is wrong,” Laura Lock concluded. “The NFL used one of their own as an example – this is where the shame is.”

The biggest problem with the Broncos’ situation — and why it has received so much attention — is that it wiped out the team’s entire slate of quarterbacks. While other teams have had more severe outbreaks, the Broncos became the first team to deal with a situation where the most important position on the field was taken out of contention without enough time to bring in any replacements.

This will put Lock’s mother at odds with some very powerful people, and one has to wonder how that will go down.

Drew Lock apologizes in light of Broncos’ QB situation

Drew Lock

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock apologized Sunday after the entire Broncos’ QB room was forced out of the game due to close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Lock, along with Blake Bortles and Brett Rypien, were forced to sit out Sunday’s game due to contact with fellow quarterback Jeff Driskel, who tested positive for COVID-19. The other three quarterbacks spent time around Driskel during the week while not wearing masks, which was the key factor.

Lock issued an apology, calling the lack of masking “an honest mistake.”

The situation forced the Broncos to look into taking some drastic action to find a quarterback. Ultimately, they’re going to have to sort it out with someone already on the roster.

Broncos pull three quarterbacks from practice due to Jeff Driskel positive test

Jeff Driskel

The Denver Broncos are working through some serious issues at the quarterback position.

The Broncos pulled three quarterbacks from practice on Saturday due to contact tracing concerns. Jeff Driskel, who is third on the Broncos’ depth chart at quarterback, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

According to 9News Broncos reporter Mike Klis, the NFL reviewed tape of the interactions Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles had with Driskel on Wednesday.

Klis says all four quarterbacks are asymptomatic, but there is still a concern about limiting the spread of the virus.

The Broncos are scheduled to host the Saints on Sunday. They are hoping to have all quarterbacks except Driskel cleared to play in the game. Denver is 4-6 this season.