Drew Lock, QB
Lock is the main attraction for the Broncos on a weekly basis, for many reasons.
Although he looked like a rookie last week against the Chiefs, Lock has shown us a lot of ‘good’ in his first three games, even in the dud the Broncos put up last week in the Kansas City snow.
The Broncos want to continue to see Lock show a command of the offense, and Lock wants to work on limiting or even eliminating turnovers. In three starts, he has three interceptions. The Broncos have not gone a game without a turnover since their matchup against the Indianapolis Colts earlier in the season.
Lock is a rookie, so mistakes are expected, but they’re certainly not mandatory. If Lock wants to play like he did against the Houston Texans again, we’d be all for it.
What I want to see from Lock in this game is a continued mastery of the offense and improved timing and chemistry with his receivers. That takes a lot longer than Lock has had time to develop, but we could still see improvement there.
Lock does a great job making plays, and now I want to see how he adjusts to a game littered with dropped passes, missed timing with receivers, and being late or off-target on some throws. I’m not going to be overly critical of Lock for the game he played in the snow with a patchwork offensive line, but he’s played well behind the offensive line in two of his three starts. He can do it again.
Against the Lions, the 31st ranked pass defense in the NFL and one of the worst at stopping opposing teams on third down and in the red zone, I want to see Lock take advantage and make correct decisions. That’s what he did against Houston — he took profit after profit after profit.
Take shots, but eat the Detroit defense alive with consistently on-target throws and keep the offense moving.