Broncos Country remains on the edge of his seat in anticipation of the Houston Texans finally consenting and making disgruntled quarterback Deshaun Watson available through a trade. At this point, Houston’s new general manager Nick Caserio has firmly held his position that the Texans are not interested in trading Watson, even if it means the veteran QB makes good on his threat to stay out of the league. season 2021.
But that hasn’t stopped Las Vegas from betting on Watson’s next NFL fate. FanDuel He recently installed the Broncos with the best odds of landing the three-time Pro Bowler.
In the meantime, what does all this media and fan speculation, combined with new Denver Broncos general manager George Paton, mean to Drew Lock in the QB exchange market? Lock is coming off a second season in which he started 13 games at 4-9 while completing a measly 57.3% of his passes en route to setting the league pace in interceptions (tied with Carson Wentz at 15).
For what it’s worth, even though Lock threw a lot of picks, his TD-INT ratio was still more than 1 in 16-15. He finished the season with 2,933 passing yards and had an additional three rushing touchdowns. Lock accounted for 19 total touchdowns and was also responsible for three turnovers, bringing the TD-Giveaway ratio to 19 to 18, even more than 1.
Pro Bowl safety Justin Simmons weighed in on the Watson vs. Lock last week during a Twitch livestream in which he answered questions from his audience.
“We just have to see what happens, man,” Simmons said. “I like Drew … I think if someone adds someone like Deshaun Watson, they are automatically contenders, right? That guy is a gen[ational]”He’s an amazing talent.” With that being said, I love Drew as well and I think he’ll be great as the years go by. “
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Lock has put himself in a difficult situation. It’s pretty hard to hear, see, read all the speculation in the media and fan base, no doubt, but you’ve also seen more than one teammate vocally advocate and / or openly recruit Watson for Denver.
If Lock has NFL mettle, he’ll shrug off all naysayers and negativity like water on a duck’s back. If you don’t live up to your shot at NFL quarterback, it could be an albatross around your neck that is dragging you down (enough with the bird metaphors).
Only time will tell. For now, however, Watson Watch remains unchanged. Houston has maintained its reluctant position, while Lock has generated some buzz by staying in Denver at the Broncos’ headquarters and working hard to attack early in the offseason.
The league’s new year begins on March 17, which is when the free agency bell will ring, although the legal manipulation period opens two days early. Simmons’ fate could be decided by then if the Broncos negotiate a long-term extension ahead of time or if the franchise labels him for the second year in a row.
Barring any of those possibilities, Simmons will hit the open waters of free agency with no restrictions and will be able to negotiate with outside teams beginning March 15. If that happens, the chances of the Broncos re-signing him will be minimal or nil.
As for the quarterback situation, there could soon be additional context for the Broncos’ future, even if Watson Watch doesn’t change, if Paton signs a veteran free agent like Andy Dalton, Jacoby Brissett, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Cam Newton. . That appears to be the most likely course, given the king’s ransom that Houston will demand if it turns around and acquiesces in Watson’s demands.
If Paton is about ‘recruiting and developing’ and racking up draft picks, as he grew philosophically during his hello-press in January, running with Lock for another year and keeping all those picks to fill the gaps on Denver’s roster, while he waits. that consecutive years in Pat Shurmur’s offensive system will pay dividends for Lock seems the most likely course of action.