How do the Broncos Really Feel About QB Drew Lock?

Erick Trickel

GM John Elway has a bad track record with quarterbacks, but the Denver Broncos need Drew Lock to break that trend. Lock was a quarterback that everyone in the building wanted, and the Broncos lucked into getting him. 

With that in mind, he's still a complete unknown as a player in the NFL.

This week, Lock is finally getting to practice, but that doesn’t change how questionable Denver’s handling of him has been. He was a prospect that Denver drafted to be the future of the franchise, and was showing progress in the preseason, but the team iced him on injured reserve unnecessarily.

Lock has to see the field this year. His footwork was a big issue with him during the pre-draft process, and while it can be worked on from the sidelines, it needs to be seen during a real game whether it's improved. This is one area he showed growth during his limited preseason action.

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The injury Lock suffered wasn’t a bad one, but it was unfortunate timing. WIth how he had played during the preseason, he had won the backup quarterback job, or was well on his way to doing so. Then his thumb gets messed up, and it has been a long, weird road to where he's at with the Broncos now.

One thing is certain with Lock. Denver can’t and won’t know what they have in him until he takes the field. This is a question that they have to get answered prior to the end of the season. If the Broncos don’t have it answered, it is a decision that could set them back three more years. 

How do the Broncos really feel about Lock? Check the video above for the full story. 

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Comments (18)
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RickyBobby_0815
RickyBobby_0815

The plan all along was for Lock to not play this year - Klis has stated that the FO feels Missouri did not prepare him well for the NFL and even though playing is the best way to learn, Elway probably doesn't want to make the same mistake he did with Lynch. I think this is causing the delay and now that he's ready Fangio wants him to earn the job and not just appoint him the QBOTF.

Erick   Trickel
Erick Trickel

Editor

There are a lot of issues with this. If they didn't feel Missouri prepared him well enough, then it makes it an even bigger mistake that they pit him on IR and have continued to keep him out of practice. I know the plan wasnt to play him, and that was fine at the time, but keeping him from practicing is just doing harm and now they're stuck in a really bad spot.

They drafted him to be the future of the franchise. That means they need to get him out there and see what he can do and see if he grows with playing time. That was the same thing they needed to do with Lynch, but they held onto hope for him too long.

RickyBobby_0815
RickyBobby_0815

Solid point about having him practice but maybe they were trying to avoid a QB controversy. I think it's safe to say that everyone lost confidence in Flacco after the KC game but they were still in the hunt heading to Indy. Elway has had the win-now while you rebuild approach which makes sense but I do not think they are in a bad spot because seeing Lock in the last few games will be a good sign. I do think they need to give him one solid year as the starter before turning the page. This way they can focus on the O-line and CB in the draft.

Kiddklutch93
Kiddklutch93

I'm more disappointed in the fan base. Lock isn't ready to play in the NFL. The style Missouri played, with that spread offense, is a huge difference than what Demver runs as their offensive scheme. I would rather him mentally prepared with the playbook than throw him to the sharks. And plus, I want to see more of Allen. He impressed me last week.

total1ty
total1ty

I want to see more out of Allen. A 125 qbr isn't some kind of fluke. Remember, Brady wasn't expected to be a starter in the NFL. I wonder if Allen has been overlooked.

Erick   Trickel
Erick Trickel

Editor

Handling Lock how they did, didnt keep a QB controversy from happening. They drafted him to be the future of the franchise, yet have been sitting on their hands about getting him onto the field where they could actually see what he can do. It puts them in a bad spot because seeing Lock for a few games isnt enough to get a good feel on him and then they have to decide QB or elsewhere early in the draft amd if they decide to pass and Lock fails then Denver made the same mistake they made a few years ago and they're still stuck in the same position.


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