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The Denver Broncos were the worst team in the AFC West. With a 5-11 record, there are some concerns with what the future holds for the historic franchise. But starting quarterback Drew Lock isn’t worried … he’s optimistic.
“In my eyes, I looked at a team that started off really young and kept growing as the year goes on,” Lock said back on Jan. 3, according to Broncos Wire. “Guys started making vet plays that were just finishing up their first year of NFL football. I’m excited to grow with these guys and keep growing and make this offseason the best months of my life to be ready coming into next year … there is optimism without a doubt in my eyes, and I think the optimism is in the growth that can be done in this offseason.
“It’s going to be a legit offseason. Multiple games under my belt to go back and look at and study and — same thing, hopefully coming in with the same offensive coordinator for the second time ever in my football playing career. I’d love that and look forward to that.”
The former second-round pick was an exciting breakout pick prior to the start of the season, but a rib injury and COVID issues ruined any chance.
Plus, there was the season-ending injuries to star players Courtland Sutton and Von Miller.
There is reason for optimism if Lock can take that next step, however.
The return of those key players will certainly help, but it’s more than that. Rookie receivers Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler should both be better, while the front office will continue working on the offensive line.
Getting those issues fixed, as well as addressing the secondary, should help.
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