After Week One of the preseason, the Denver Broncos and their fans may have a spiked sense of comfort at the quarterback position.
Quarterbacks Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater both performed admirably in the 2021 preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Suddenly the feeling went from a drag of whom will be leading the Denver Broncos into Metlife Stadium to a feeling of confidence.
Drew Lock led the Denver Broncos passing attack punching in a stat line of 5/7 for151 yards and two touchdowns. While the stat line is quite impressive, it could have been even better. Two missed connections with the playmaking, Jerry Jeudy, prevented Lock from adding another touchdown pass and at least 40 yards to his stat line.
Teddy Bridgewater entered the game as incumbent Drew Lock would exit. Steady Teddy did what Teddy Bridgewater does. Ending the night with 7/8, with 74 passing yards and a touchdown pass, Bridgewater had himself a day also.
Head Coach Vic Fangio said prior to the Minnesota Vikings preseason game that Drew Lock would start week one of the preseason and Teddy Bridgewater would start week two of the preseason. So far Fangio has held strong to that plan and I wouldn’t expect it to change anytime soon.
In a quarterback competition, the ideal scenario for a decision-maker is that someone decides it for you. Head Coach Vic Fangio would say quite the opposite, saying “I want it to be a hard decision, not an easy one.” Is this Vic Fangio being Vic Fangio or is he trying to prevent a showing of his hand?
Fangio also said in his post-game press conference that this quarterback competition is still “even-steven.” Is this quarterback competition still “even-steven” like Fangio said, or did Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater pull away with two stellar individual preseason performances?
If neither pulled away, what must each quarterback do to be favored to lead this talented roster out of the tunnel on September 12th?