There is a growing consensus that Drew Lock will not receive the keys to the Denver Broncos offense again this year. Whatever happens, Lock will have to fight to maintain the starting quarterback position.
With quality free agent quarterbacks being knocked off the board, Broncos general manager George Paton will have to explore trade options as the team may have lost the window to acquire the best talent to call the ball. attention. Paton is now drilling a free agent QB dry well.
Gone are veterans like Andy Dalton to the Chicago Bears, Tyrod Taylor to the Houston Texans and the crafty Ryan Fitzpatrick to the Washington Football Team. Signing one of those veterans would have provided the Broncos with more talent, competition and leadership in the quarterback room.
The league’s general managers are moving fast to secure their franchise quarterback in the NFL draft. Look at the San Francisco 49ers, who traded the No. 14 pick to the Miami Dolphins for the No. 3 overall pick.
The Niners sacrificed a slew of draft picks, but ensured their ability to select their long-term quarterback. Paton’s competitors are building walls around the best quarterback in the draft.
Perhaps the Broncos general managers’ delays are due to the accumulation of resources to make a play for Houston Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson. However, with Watson’s recent allegations of sexual misconduct coming to light, his potential takeover is frozen.
Now the Broncos must refocus their energy on business possibilities to find a match for Lock. Here are two guys that could get into a push lock.
Gardner Minshew | Jacksonville Jaguars
Minshew started 20 games for the Jaguars and is likely to be available for trade, according to rumors. The Jaguars have the first overall pick in the upcoming draft and are poised to select Clemson quarterback Trever Lawrence.
Minshew, the 2019 sixth round hailing from Washington State, possesses the talent to stir up Lock’s competitive juices. Broncos coaches would see a tough battle on the training ground for starting position.
The 6-foot-1 Minshew has the athletic ability to extend plays with his legs, but his arm strength is average at best. Consequently, he excels at short to intermediate shots.
Known for his eccentric mustache and mullet, Minshew is a fierce competitor with a “never say die” mentality. With a projected maximum limit of $ 1 million per year, it is an affordable option.
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Nick Foles | Chicago Bears
Another option is Foles, best known for his ‘Philly Special’ touchdown in Super Bowl LII. Foles was an Arizona third-round pick for Philadelphia in 2012 and has a career passer rating of 87.1.
He is a seasoned veteran who has played for five NFL teams. The 6-foot-5, 234-pound quarterback is a pure pocket passer. Its great strength is its ability to process information and diagnose defensive formations. But defensive coordinators aren’t afraid of his ability to gain yards with his feet.
Foles has battled injuries throughout his career. His multiple offense experience and skill set would provide Lock with both a proficiency and a mentor.
Foles has a connection to Broncos coaches, so rumors have swirled around his landing in Denver. Offensive coordinator Pat Shumer presided over Foles’ Pro Bowl season in 2013 and coached him for two seasons.
Teddy Bridgewater | Carolina Panthers
Bridgewater, Minnesota’s 2014 first-round pick hailing from Louisville and is a player Paton is familiar with. Paton played a key role in recruiting him for the Vikings.
Bridgewater is the Panthers’ current starting quarterback and is likely to be available if Carolina swings and lands a top 10 caller in the draft. There are rumors that the property is looking for a more dynamic player.
The Bridgewater acquisition would provide the Broncos with a credible option to compete for the top spot with Lock. Bridgewater plays the position conservatively.
He does not create self-inflicted turnovers and is an excellent short to medium shooter. But defensive coordinators aren’t afraid of his deep ball. However, Bridgewater does possess some traits that Lock could model.
Over the past few weeks, the Broncos organization has infused much-needed talent on the defensive end of the ball. But GM’s rivals to Paton have prioritized finding their franchise quarterback as teams have maneuvered to secure a quarterback at the top of the draft, perhaps exposing the quarterbacks’ closets.
Paton will soon have to go shopping to find a veteran who will push Lock to fulfill his potential and may require giving up some capital in the mid- or late-round draft in the process.
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