Drew Lock: The Make Or Break Season

Drew Lock has become the modern symbol of embarrassment and struggle for Denver for Broncos fans like myself. Lock has become a laughing stock of the NFL and will fight for his job as a starter this summer. This season is his time to shine, his last chance to prove he can start in the NFL, his make-or-break season.

Lock has had a rough going in his first 2 seasons, throwing for a combined 3,953 yards, 59% completion percentage, 23 TD’s, 18 INT’s, and a 79.1 passer rating in 18 games played. He hasn’t had the best supporting cast either, with two different offensive coordinators and an inconsistent offensive line. He’s constantly struggled with decision-making in games. Several times, Lock has thrown passes into double and even triple coverage. This is a major concern in his game and will need to be fixed if he wants to continue playing. Due to these struggles, the Broncos traded for veteran Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater this offseason. This obviously signals that the Broncos don’t have complete faith in Lock and either brought Bridgewater in to push him or replace him.

There is hope, though. This year's Bronco team looks the best it’s been in years due to excellent drafting and solid free-agent additions. The offensive line looks better than ever, with breakout star Garrett Bolles anchoring the left tackle. Up and coming left guard Dalton Risner has shown to be a force in the run and passing game. Second-year center Lloyd Cushenberry will look to build off of a promising rookie season. Veteran right guard Graham Glasgow continues to be effective. Recent right tackle signee Bobby Massie has been productive in the past and hopefully can bring that to Denver. The receiving core is one of the better in the league, with former Pro Bowler Courtland Sutton returning from injury to a stacked room of Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, Noah Fant, and KJ Hamler. The defense looks like a top 10 unit that will put less pressure on Lock to light up the scoreboard every game. This will be Drew Lock’s second year in OC Pat Shurmur’s system, and history has shown a pattern of growth with familiarity. Lock reportedly worked with Hall of Famer Peyton Manning in the offseason and looked through tape. In recent practice, Lock’s drop back looks very similar to Manning’s technique.

I believe this is Lock’s year to breakout. In the last last 4 games of the season, he produced 253.73 YPG, a 63.2% completion percentage, a 96.4 passer rating, and only averaged 0.5 interceptions per game. This was a tremendous step in the right direction compared to his 2020 season stats: 225.6 YPG, a 56.3% completion percentage, a 75.4 passer rating, and an average of 1.15 interceptions per game.

He finished last season strongly, and due to the strong supporting cast, he has every tool to do it.

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