How did the quarterbacks do?
via Cameron Parker
There’s been much talk regarding the quarterback position and whether there is a clear cut winner in previous battles for the Denver Broncos.
We know Joe Flacco is going to be the starter for year one and potentially year two. Training Camp is not just about impressing the fans, but more importantly the coaches and teammates. The Denver Broncos’ new quarterback Joe Flacco has been shaky in spots during practice.
This should not come as a shock to anyone because of the time it takes to adjust to a new team. However, the key is will there be development every step of the way. More often than not the past two days has consisted of pressure from Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. This results in Flacco escaping for his life to make a play.
He was a mixed bag on day two. There were positive moments with Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, and others. All Flacco needs to do establish leadership and assert himself as the guy in the clubhouse. Broncos should expect that to be status quo and Flacco be the starter.
The Denver Broncos new young projects at quarterback Drew Lock and Brett Rypien were better than their other backup Kevin Hogan. The quickest way to being replaced on the active roster is turnovers. If Hogan is continually tossing up chances for a defense, then he will not last on the team. However, due to the amount of youth behind him, it is still the best opportunity to hold onto him until the time comes to move on.
Lock has the arm to make nearly every throw and from every arm slot. He is not a refined quarterback by any means. If he was, then Flacco would be sweating bullets. The time will come where Lock is set free, but it is not this day.
There will be moments throughout camp where jaws will drop because of the arm strength he has and potential to hit a window not many can reach. More importantly, he has the mental makeup to take it day-by-day. There were a few times already the crowd lit up because of a pass from Lock.
Brett Rypien does have some surprisingly solid zip on his passes. The accuracy is his best and worst trait. It is one where he can fall in love with it more often than not. Rypien has had his fair share of good throws.
One happened with another camp standout Bug Howard who snagged it out of the air with guys bearing down on him. Those are throws not many can make. The young quarterbacks will be seeing a lot throughout camp. It’s their job to continue to impress.