If you’ve been following the latest news around the NFL, you’ve probably heard that Drew Lock has lost his starting quarterback to the Denver Broncos.
News broke around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday morning when head coach Vic Fangio informed the team that Teddy Bridgewater would start Week 1 against the New York Giants. Drew Lock will serve as the team’s backup quarterback.
Bridgewater, a former first-round selection, started every game but one last season as a quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. He was then acquired during the offseason by general manager George Paton, who happened to be in the same Viking staff who drafted him.
After nearly seven years, the two find themselves together again.
With Teddy Bridgewater now as a confirmed starter for Denver, it begs the question nearly every Broncos fan is asking: why not Lock?
In his first full season as an NFL starter, Drew Lock struggled mightily. The University of Missouri prospect threw for less than 3,000 yards and had a 16/15 touchdown / interception ratio.
Overall, his quarterback rating fell below 50.
Ahead of the offseason, Lock knew he needed to make great strides in his game to make an impact in Denver, especially since he would be competing with a proven NFL starter at Bridgewater. Well, it can be said that Lock has improved.
The most important factor he worked on was his footwork. In the only game he started in the 2021 preseason, Lock’s footwork seemed much more controlled and relaxed. His momentum advanced with the ball and did not retreat. This gave Lock a lot more power as well as the release and the ability to make these eye-catching pieces.
While Lock made progress in his game until the 2021 season, he still has failed to regain his starting position. The question is, where has it failed?
Let’s take a closer look at Drew Lock’s game and address his two biggest improvement needs in 2021.