The Denver Broncos will open up their three-game preseason slate this Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings, but had previously neglected to name which of their two lead quarterbacks would earn the start alongside the other first-teamers. On Tuesday, head coach Vic Fangio finally revealed his plan for the team under center.
According to Benjamin Allbright, the Broncos plan to start rising third-year player Drew Lock on Saturday against the Vikings. Denver will then turn around and give 28-year-old Teddy Bridgewater the chance to lead the way in the team’s second game against the Seattle Seahawks.
The quarterback competition in Denver has been one of the most interesting to follow throughout the offseason after the Broncos acquired Bridgewater from the Carolina Panthers. Lock, who started 18 games for the organization over the last two years, hasn’t been able to clearly win the job as of early August.
Fangio reiterated on Tuesday that there’s been very little separation between the two players so far in camp. He did reveal that he’s giving the nod to Lock this weekend because he’s been in Denver for longer.
Lock will get first start vs. Vikings.
Bridgewater will get second start vs Seahawks.@KOAColorado
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 10, 2021
Fangio and the Broncos are running out of time to make a decision, so these upcoming preseason games will be valuable for determining which quarterback should get the start Week 1. Lock brings a deeper understanding of what it takes to play in Denver, but Bridgewater has significantly more NFL experience which would benefit a fairly young offense.
Despite the ongoing competition, both Lock and Bridgewater have spoken positively about one another throughout the offseason. The two players have used camp to work collaboratively to get better and give the Broncos the best possibility to be successful this fall. However, one of the quarterbacks needs to grab the reins soon or else Denver will risk limping into Week 1 without a clear plan at the position.
The Broncos will open up the regular season on Sept. 12 on the road against the New York Giants.