With returning starter Drew Lock and recently-signed veteran Teddy Bridgewater both on the Broncos’ roster, Denver has one of the most intriguing quarterback battles in the NFL heading into the 2021 season.
Throughout Broncos training camp so far, Lock and Bridgewater have been locked in a dead heat for the QB1 spot — neither able edge the other out.
Despite entering the league with Lock in 2019 and taking the field with him over the past couple seasons, third-year Denver tight end Noah Fant was hesitant to take a side in the battle.
Instead, the former first-round draft pick gave the positive aspects of each Lock and Bridgewater’s games.
“Both have different styles of game,” Fant said, per Broncos insider Mike Klis. “Everybody knows Teddy is the more thought-out thinker and he’s going to anticipate his throws more. And you have Drew who has that arm talent where he can go on the fly. He can put the ball where he needs it. It just depends what our offensive coordinator is going for, what our coaches are looking for, I think they’re both great quarterbacks.”
While their styles of play may differ, Fant says both quarterbacks have earned the locker room’s respect.
“In the locker room I’m one of the guys who tries to be friends with everybody,” Fant said. “I try to bring a friendly attitude to everyone who walks in that locker room. Both of those guys are great in the locker room, though. Great leaders. Both of them are super friendly to everybody. They lead the team, lead the huddle. So I’m excited to see what happens.”
He wouldn’t divulge who he thinks is the man for the job, but Fant hopes whichever QB lands the starting position will be able to feed him the ball early and often.
“My biggest thing is, whichever quarterback can get us the ball, that’s the one I want to be in there,” he said. “Hopefully, I get a couple extra balls this year.”
Through his second year in the league in 2020, Fant logged 62 receptions on 93 targets for 673 yards and three touchdowns. Lock was the quarterback for 13 of the tight end’s 15 games played this past season.
Lock is set to start in the Broncos’ preseason opener against the Vikings on Saturday.