The Broncos have been the subject of several quarterback rumors this offseason. Head coach Vic Fangio even said a few days ago that Drew Lock should expect to have some competition for next season.
But one of Lock’s teammates thinks the quarterback is taking it easy and focusing on improving.
“I love Drew,” said wide receiver Tim Patrick, through KUSA’s Mike Klis. “Looking ahead, I think he understands what he has to do. And he understands that it has nothing to do with his soccer skills. And it’s good to see. I’ve been in Denver for a couple of weeks and his approach to the game has been 100 percent different than it was during the season. He’s one of the first guys in the building. One of the last to go. He’s doing the little things to be a great player in this league. And understand what you are not good at and take it to where your talent is.
“I think you understand. I think this talk about bringing in other quarterbacks has motivated him. And I think he should have a great season this year. “
Patrick has developed some chemistry with Lock, catching 51 passes for 742 yards with six touchdowns.
Lock started 13 games in 2020, finishing with 2,933 passing yards and 16 touchdowns. His 15 interceptions tied Carson Wentz at four of the league lead. But his passer rating of 75.4 was ranked 32nd, just ahead of Dwayne Haskins, Wentz and Sam Darnold.
Patrick noted that he hasn’t asked Lock what he thinks of the trade rumors, saying, “I just let it be like nothing.”
Lock may be doing the right thing to become a better quarterback, but he still has a lot to prove in 2021.