- Samuel Rodriguez
QB Battle in Denver
DENVER- The Denver Broncos have one of the most interesting off-seasons this year.
With the possibility of Aaron Rodgers being traded to the Broncos, the QB battle is up in the air. While that trade is just a dream for fans for now, there are two guys capable of being the starting quarterback on the roster already.
Drew Lock has been the Broncos main guy since he was drafted back in 2019. Last season Lock led the Broncos to a 4-9 year, throwing for 2,933 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 picks. While Drew struggled last season, it could be the fact he came in with no off-season preparation. "Last year, he went into the season raw without having an off-season, worked his way through it, and he did a lot of good things. I think he's built on the good things he did a year ago." said Pat Shurmur, Broncos offensive coordinator.
The other QB in this toe-to-toe battle is Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater has looked amazing this off-season according to multiple bronco’s insiders. According to Shurmur, Bridgewater has been able to pick things up quickly Bridgewater had a decent season last year with the Carolian Panthers. Bridegwater threw for 3,733 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Bridgewater was just put in a new system and picked it up very quickly in his first season with Carolina. Now being in Denver with a great young wide receiver core, Bridgewater has everything he would need to be successful.
This battle is “everything we wanted to see” said head coach Vic Fangio. These two QBs will split the reps this summer 50/50 with the starting offense. This will allow the coaches to see who fits best in that offense. Right now, it seems like Lock may be a little ahead with getting the starting role. This is just because he knows this system, he knows these players, and he has the connections with the receiving core already. These are all things Bridgewater will need to pick up and develop with time. While Bridgewater is a very quick learner, he will have to fight for this spot.
While there is no clear-cut winner so far, both guys are putting on performances in training camp. Maybe this is what Lock needed, a battle for the QB1 slot. This can also be said about Bridgewater. This decision will not be made until late in the preseason according to Fangio. Broncos fans seemed thrilled to acquire Bridgewater before the draft, now it’s time to see how it plays out.