Heading into a crucial third season, Drew Lock will have to battle Teddy Bridgewater as both of them will hope to become QB1 for the Denver Broncos in 2021. Lock had a horrid season in 2020, but he looks to be focused on himself rather than thinking about the outside chatter.
Teddy Bridgewater will head into the OTA’s on his third roster in as many seasons. Lock will hope to rejuvenate the faith that the Broncos had in him after an impressive rookie season. So the QB Battle in Denver should be one of the headlines ahead of training camp.
OFFICIAL: We’ve agreed to trade for QB Teddy Bridgewater.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) April 28, 2021
Head coach Vic Fangio got the ball rolling when he let it be known the two would split reps “50-50,” and whoever it was that got the first offseason rep might be decided by the flip of a coin.
Drew Lock has “Zero time” for outside noise
Bringing in Teddy Bridgewater, most people would have assumed that Drew Lock would have had to face a lot of additional pressure. Especially amidst the Aaron Rodgers trade rumours. But Drew Lock says that he didn’t have any problem tuning out the noise
“Believe it or not, no,” Lock said, via Michael Spencer of KCNC. “It was not because I decided I was going to develop a plan in this offseason. There were going to be really long days, but it was going to be worth every single second of it because regardless of what happened — if I stayed here or if I left or they brought someone in — my mindset was not going to change. “
— Michael Spencer (@MichaelCBS4) May 24, 2021
“Wherever I went, if I went somewhere or if I stayed here, I was going to be the guy. I put every single ounce I had into that this offseason and being able to do that gave me zero time to listen to all this stuff. Maybe I’ll go back one day, read and laugh about things that were being said by people who ended up being completely wrong.”
Drew Lock started 5 games in his rookie season and impressed many as he went 4-1, throwing 7 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions. But his sophomore slump saw him win only 4 games and lose 9, as he threw 16 scores to 15 interceptions, despite having a loaded receiver core.
Lowest % of accurate passes thrown from a clean pocket in 2020, per @PFF:
26. Drew Lock (60%)
27. Nick Mullens (59%)
28. Gardner Minshew (59%)
29. Matt Stafford (58%)
30. Sam Darnold (56%)
31. Mitch Trubisky (54%)
32. Carson Wentz (51%)
— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) January 15, 2021
Drew Lock will have a serious competition against Teddy Bridgewater as both QB’s have a ton to prove heading into next season. So it should be very interesting to see who ends up being the starter come Week 1.