The Denver Broncos have a quarterback battle on their hands, and after a 5-11 finish, what did you expect?
This year’s combatants for the starting job are newcomer Teddy Bridgewater and holdover Drew Lock. How will the Broncos decide? By giving them an equal opportunity in training camp and preseason games.
“[We will] probably play them a little more in preseason than teams may play their No. 1 quarterback,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio told reporters. “I did a semi-study a few years ago when teams were not playing their quarterbacks at all in the preseason. Some were and some weren’t.”
The Broncos will, and it will go a long way in determining the opening day winner between Bridgewater and Lock.
“Some of the most veteran and best quarterbacks in the league were playing a lot of snaps in the preseason. Some of the younger ones that probably needed it weren’t,” Fangio said. “To me, it was kind of telling. These guys need snaps and they need to play, especially when you have a young quarterback like we have in Drew and a new quarterback like we have in Teddy. Hopefully we’ll get them a lot of snaps, and the decision will be made easy.”
Lock went 254-of-443 passing for 2,933 yards and 16 touchdowns with the Broncos last season, his second in the NFL. He also threw a whopping 15 interceptions.
Bridgewater was 340-of-492 for 3,733 yards and 15 TDs ad 11 INTs with the Carolina Panthers last season. He has also played for the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.
The Broncos open the season Sept. 12 at the New York Giants. Their three-game preseason begins on the road Aug. 4 against the Vikings.