The Broncos have one of the most intriguing training camp battles, involving their starting quarterback, and it appears Denver’s coaching staff is still undecided about who’ll be lining up under center in Week 1.
Drew Lock is the incumbent, but his turnover issues really hurt the team last season. Lock is a great arm talent, but is still raw, and struggles with mechanics, as well as going through his progressions. The Broncos now have plenty of weapons on offense for Lock to target, and given that he’s entering his third season, the leash is getting considerably shorter.
And that’s probably why the team traded for Teddy Bridgewater earlier this year, to put pressure on Lock by competing for the starting job. Bridgewater had issues of his own last season as the Panthers’ signal-caller, but is more consistent, and can command the offense. He also offers more mobility than Lock.
It’s a tough decision to make, and apparently, head coach Vic Fangio hasn’t made it yet.
“We haven’t decided that yet,” Fangio said, via CBS Sports. “We just want to do it at the right time. Obviously the right time for the players involved, the team involved, and for everybody. And we don’t play another game (regular season) for 19 days.”
“We got two quarterbacks we feel we can go with with,” Fangio said. “Competition does that. It’s pretty damn close. It’s hard to come up with a guy after each practice. It’s been close, but close to the good.”
It’s hard to figure out if the Broncos are leaning toward starting Lock or Bridgewater, but we do know that whoever gets the nod in Week 1 will have the pressure of the other guy breathing down their neck each game.