Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock

Denver Broncos: Is Drew Lock the answer at quarterback?

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By Mike Brez February 28, 2020 0 Comment
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Drew Lock, that baby-faced rookie drafted in the early second round by general manager John Elway and the Denver Broncos, took the league by storm with his flashy plays and outgoing personality during the last quarter of the season after sitting out for most of the year with an injury in 2019. In those five games, Lock went 4-1 as a starter and threw for over 1,000 yards with seven touchdown passes and two interceptions. Lock also posted an 89.7 passer rating good for 24th in the league over those last five games ahead of the likes of Philip Rivers, Tom Brady, and more.

Lock showed flashes of brilliance over his last final games of the season. During the first quarter of his first career NFL start, Lock looked unstoppable hurling two touchdown passes to Courtland Sutton, who should see plenty of targets next season. He also helped put the Broncos in position for their game-winning field goal at the end of that game to cap off a 23-20 victory against the Chargers. He then went on the road and dominated the AFC South champs, Houston Texans, by having a passer rating of 136, throwing three touchdowns in the first half, and eclipsing the 300-yard mark for the first time in his career in a 38-24 victory.

Lock did, however, have many mistakes during his first five games. In his first career loss, Lock went on the road to Arrowhead Stadium and struggled mightily. The Broncos quarterback went 18 for 40 with 208 yards and one interception, leaving him with a forgetful 13 QBR. That game was a wake-up call for Lock as he finished the season with two more wins, improving his record to 4-1 as a starter.

Can He Bring Success to Denver? 

Short answer, yes, he can. Starting your NFL career at the tail-end of a season in frigid Denver and going 4-1 is not easy to do by any means. Lock has shown that he will go through growing pains this offseason and into 2020, but Elway and the Denver Broncos realize the talent they have in their potential franchise QB. Elway recently committed to Lock as the starter for 2020 and hired Pat Shurmur as the OC who has experience in grooming young QBs. Lock has the tools needed to succeed in the NFL. He has shown the ability to escape the pocket and pick up yards. He has also shown that he is capable of making deep and accurate passes and check down when it is needed.

Most importantly, the players in that Broncos locker room already stand behind him and look to Lock for leadership. The Broncos will now have an entire offseason to work with and prepare the young QB to be their franchise player and take that next step in 2020. I do believe that starting next season, especially with the expansion of the playoffs to 7 teams, the Broncos will be in the mix for the 5-7 seed in the AFC. I also do believe Elway will add a few more weapons to the Broncos offense, and Drew Lock will take that step and be a top half QB in the league and make the Denver Broncos competitive for years to come.

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