Peter King says Drew Lock is under a ton of pressure in 2020.
Drew Lock started five games for the Denver Broncos in 2020. He put any doubt from general manager John Elway to rest with his performance in the short sample size.
So, it is pretty surprising to think that Lock should feel any sort of pressure, especially in just his second year in the league. But according to Peter King, “Few quarterbacks have as much pressure entering this season as Drew Lock, the 2018 second-rounder with all of five NFL starts to his name.”
King ranks the Broncos at No. 20 in his recent power rankings.
King does not elaborate as to why he feels that Lock should feel pressure in 2020. I just have one question: Why would Lock have anything to worry about?
Lock did very well in his five games in the huddle for the Broncos following his recovery from a thumb injury. There has been nothing but good things said about him in terms of leadership and taking control of the team’s offensive Zoom meetings.
John Elway seems very comfortable with Lock going forward. If he didn’t, then why didn’t the team try to address the quarterback position better than they did during the offseason? Jeff Driskel is not going to supplant Lock as the starting quarterback. There is no way that will happen.
It is also worth noting that Lock has been getting some advice from former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
The only question about the quarterback room is about the backup spot. There are decent backup options still out there, such as Cam Newton (though I still don’t think they should sign), and former Bronco Trevor Siemian.
But as of right now, the backups to Lock are Driskel and 2019 UDFA signee Brett Rypien, who the team is definitely keen on.
To suggest that Lock should feel pressure and not even elaborate does not make sense. Sure, Lock does not have a ton of experience and to have uncertainty when it comes to him, but there is no reason that I can think of as to why Lock should feel pressure in just his first full year of starting.