On Monday, Mile High City was appalled by all of the tweets coming from Dove Valley about quarterback Drew Lock intercepting two times during 11v11 team practice. The Denver Broncos had finally started the 11v11 drills after being delayed for a while, and Lock – who is currently battling Teddy Bridgewater for the starting gun – didn’t have a great first day.
The hand wrestling over Lock’s game lacked the fact that Bridgewater was also turning the ball. After practicing, more than one beat writer felt that Lock appeared to be “pressing” and that he was showing his “frustration”.
Head coach Vic Fangio never wants to see a player squeeze, but when asked directly if Lock did just that, he immediately dismissed it.
“Not really. I think it’s too early to come to conclusions one way or another – even small conclusions,” said Fangio.[QBs Coach] Mike [Shula] and [Offensive Coordinator] Beat [Shurmur] work with him on these things. I’m not worried about that at the moment. “
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Lock had to do with a finger blister on his throwing hand on Monday, which could be responsible for any body language that was interpreted as “frustrated” by the audience. After learning of everything Lock did to attack the off-season and develop the right mindset, the idea that he would show cracks in the emotional facade this early would be worrying – unless Broncos’ coach and players counter-remarks would.
“Drew, I think he’s done so many great things this off-season,” offensive guard Dalton Risner said Monday. “I think he has good qualifications to go out and have a really successful year.”
Even Fangio, when asked about his overall impression of Monday’s quarterback game, was positive – including Bridgewater (who is hyped for not being Lock) and Lock both.
“Overall it was good,” said Fangio.
As it stands, those first few days of OTAs are like a handful of pieces to a bigger puzzle, which is why Fangio doesn’t even come to a “small” conclusion. Who could guess what the full frame of a puzzle might look like if they just scrutinized four or five of its 400 pieces.
Keep this in mind as people come to conclusions one way or another. Everything will be known in due course. Lock has plenty of time to present his case to the coaches, and so does Bridgewater.
The dust will not settle in this QB competition until the pre-season games – at the earliest. That doesn’t mean we don’t analyze the excitement we hear from the UCHealth Training Center every day, because every day is a piece of the puzzle here too, but we won’t jump over the shark until the bigger picture has been more fully exposed.
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