The Denver Broncos just hired a new general manager on Wednesday. Former Minnesota Vikings assistant general manager George Paton will succeed John Elway at GM.
Even before Elway stepped down as GM, speculation was rampant about what the future held for quarterback Drew Lock and whether the Broncos would give him another year as a ‘get it’ starter. . Once the Broncos started on the trail of Paton’s pursuit, rumors abounded that the new GM may be looking to land a “ top ” QB, whether through a free agency, the Market. trade or the NFL draft.
The Broncos currently hold the No. 9 draft pick, which puts them at least within striking distance to potentially land one of the top QBs in the 2021 class. On Saturday, Colorado Springs Gazette Woody Paige wrote a column about the Broncos’ future as a quarterback and, in anticipation of its release to the press, he tweeted the following version on Twitter.
“I just finished the column dealing with many Broncos points. Drew Lock will be QB,” Paige tweeted.
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Paige is a longtime Broncos insider and has covered the team in one way or another for decades. The man is connected. His view of Lock is likely to be educated, but that’s just a man’s opinion.
Paige considers the reading of the situation to be Lock will get 2021. However, if that’s how it’s going, don’t expect the Broncos to keep serving at quarterback. Paton is going to tinker around but first he’s already said he’s going to flip every stone in an effort to improve the list and be part of “every deal”.
This could include a more proven veteran signing at free agency who can both push and frame Lock while still giving the Broncos a more reliable option than, say, Jeff Driskel.
Lock is coming off a very irregular second year, starting 13 games in 4-9 passing for 2,933 yards and 16 touchdowns with 15 interceptions. He completed a meager 57.3% of his passes (among the worst in the league), but he also threw three rushing touchdowns.
There are several parameters that put Lock in the last 5 of the NFL’s starting quarterbacks, but at the same time there were several peripheral factors that contributed to his less-than-stellar second year, including an injury to his throwing shoulder. , the loss of his No. 1 wide receiver Courtland Sutton for most of the season and, of course, the pandemic depriving him of valuable offseason and preseason reps as he assimilated another all playbook. new.
The jury is still very much absent from Lock, but he showed a few write-worthy flashes at home, including his Week 14 performance against the Carolina Panthers in which he threw four touchdowns on his way to 280 yards password. As tough as things got tough at times for Lock in 2020, his performance improved significantly from week 11.
Maybe that’s what Paton ultimately clings to, or maybe the new GM would rather spend his free agent and draft capital on other roster holes. Only time will tell, but it would make sense to give the Lock Era one final season to take off, especially since it coincides with Vic Fangio’s tenure to win or return home.
But it won’t be the latest Broncos-related QB rumor or insider report on the matter. It’s a long row to hoe between now and the April project.