For all the excitement about Denver’s second-round pick, quarterback Drew Lock won’t be taking reps away from Joe Flacco when the Broncos begin OTAs today.
Head coach Vic Fangio confirmed after rookie minicamp that Flacco would take the first-team reps with Lock and fellow rookie Brett Rypien randomly sharing second- and third-team reps with Kevin Hogan.
The announcement should come as no surprise given the narrative since general manager John Elway traded up to take Lock with the 42nd overall pick at the 2019 NFL Draft last month.
Lock and his hose might be the future in the Mile High City, but the Broncos didn’t trade a fourth-round pick to Baltimore for no reason and Elway is content to roll with former Super Bowl MVP Flacco until Lock is good to go at the NFL level.
It’s a luxury few teams get to have. How long it lasts remains to be seen, especially if Flacco can stay healthy and performs well.
For now, Lock will compete with veteran Hogan for the backup job as he learns his craft without the pressure of a quarterback competition we saw after the Broncos traded up in the first round to take Paxton Lynch in 2016.
In other news ahead of OTAs, star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. will be absent as he waits on a new contract, while new signing Kareem Jackson will continue to see work at safety.
Second-round pick Dalton Risner will continue to see time at left guard but is also expected to play some tackle and center as the Broncos work out his best position.
Second-year corner Isaac Yiadom will be limited, receiver Emmanuel Sanders will not go, while Phillip Lindsay, Jake Butt, Bryce Callahan, and Ronald Leary will see some time in OTAs as they come back from injury.
What we learned w/Broncos:— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) May 13, 2019
-Competition for QB 2 spot, Flacco 1
-Jackson will play a lot at S during OTAs. Play CB & nickel too
-Risner LG “right now” for at least a week
-OTA injury update:
Lindsay, Butt & Leary will do “some stuff”
After the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets both ended their seasons with game seven defeats in the playoffs this past week, we have just 11 weeks until the Broncos take the field at the Pro Football Hall of Fame game in Canton to kick off five preseason games.
There’s a lot of work to be done for new head coach Fangio as he assembles his first 53-man roster, but the offseason program is about to hit a new level.
It’s not quite time for Ryan Koenigsberg’s perennial call to resonate across Broncos Country, but it’s getting closer.
The Broncos are almost back, again.