Lock struggled mightily during the 2020 season, completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 2,933 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. In an effort to bolster their quarterback room this offseason, the Broncos acquired Teddy Bridgewater in a trade with the Carolina Panthers.
With the first week of training camp in the books, Denver offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was asked if there’s any separation between Lock and Bridgewater.
Shurmur didn’t really answer the question, but he did reveal what he’s seen from both quarterbacks in practice.
“I’ve seen both guys getting better,” Shurmur said. “This is the best version of Drew I’ve seen. He’s done a really good job. And I expected Teddy to come in … Teddy’s got experience, he’s got experience in multiple offenses.”
Does OC Pat Shurmur see separation between Lock/Teddy B? "I've seen both guys getting better. This is the best version of Drew I've seen. He's done a really good job. And I expected Teddy to come in … Teddy's got experience, he's got experience in multiple offenses." #9sports
— MikeKlis (@mikeklis) August 3, 2021
Lock knows what’s at stake this offseason. If he can’t beat out Bridgewater for the starting job, he might have to take on a backup role for the foreseeable future. That’s why he’s using this quarterback battle as motivation.
“If anything, I’d say it’s motivating,” Lock said. “Everyone talks about staying focused, controlling what you can control. My idea is just come out with high energy every single day. Focus on me, make the plays when they come to me when I’m in there, and congratulate Teddy when he makes a good play. And we’ll talk about when I make a bad play or when he makes a bad play.”
The Broncos will most likely name their starting quarterback after the preseason is over.