Broncos depth chart: Drew Lock/Teddy Bridgewater co-starters
The first Denver Broncos depth chart has been released. Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater are listed as co-starters. What other notables are there?
The first Denver Broncos depth chart of the 2021 preseason has been officially released by the team. Although there are certainly plenty of established starters on the team, the initial depth chart should be taken with a grain of salt when it comes to where things may ultimately end up.
Atop everyone’s intrigue list? The quarterback position.
To no one’s surprise, the Denver Broncos have listed quarterbacks Drew Lock and Teddy’s Bridgewater as co-starters for the offense.
Vic Fangio noted after the team’s Tuesday practice walkthrough that Drew Lock would get the start in the Broncos’ first preseason game of 2021 against the Minnesota Vikings. Teddy Bridgwater will start the team’s second preseason game in Seattle against the Seahawks.
As the team’s 53-man roster takes shape, the Broncos’ depth chart will also start changing considerably.
Denver Broncos depth chart – Notables
Offensively, things seem to be pretty clear with no real surprises.
The only slight surprise would be Netane Muti listed as Dalton Risner’s backup at left guard despite the fact that Muti has, on multiple occasions, taken some first-team reps at right guard. Rookie Quinn Meinerz is listed as the backup right guard and center.
You can’t help but read into that a little bit given the fact that the Broncos could save over $8.5 million if they were able to trade Graham Glasgow.
At tight end, Eric Saubert is listed ahead of Andrew Beck, who is also listed as the first-team fullback. He could be challenged in preseason play by fullback Adam Prentice.
The wide receiver depth chart looks like it’s based largely on last season, although it’s Jerry Jeudy — not Tim Patrick — listed as the other first-team receiver with Courtland Sutton.
The right tackle battle is certainly one fans have been keeping tabs on throughout camp, and it appears to still be a dead heat between Calvin Anderson and Bobby Massie.
Defensively, rookie outside linebacker Jonathon Cooper has already passed Derrek Tuszka — a 2020 7th-round pick — on the Broncos depth chart.
Based on this depth chart, Parnell Motley appears to be the CB6 on the roster to beat and fifth-round rookies Caden Sterns and Jamar Johnson are both behind PJ Locke and Trey Marshall.
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