The Denver Broncos have not had any luck finding a franchise quarterback since Peyton Manning retired. If things go the franchise's way, Drew Lock will be that guy.
Denver drafted Luck in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and after he took over the starting job late in the season, the Missouri product showed what he's capable of. In five starts, Lock threw for 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 64.1 percent of his passes.
Now, the training wheels are off, and Denver is entrusting its franchise in Luck's hands. He is the projected starter for this season and the latest quarterback to try and follow in Manning's footsteps.
According to former Broncos wide receiver and Manning teammate Brandon Stokley, No. 18 had a lengthy phone conversation with Lock recently. The pair covered a wide range of topics related to being a starting quarterback.
"The talk was about everything, from what film Peyton would watch in the offseason to when to start throwing to when to try and get the receivers together," Stokley said.
This is music to Broncos' fans ears. There might not be anyone better to learn from than Peyton.
However, Lock has to take these lessons and put them into practice on the field. If he can't do that, Denver's quarterback problem will continue to hamper the franchise.