Lock won’t have the started job handed to him like it was in 2020, though. One day before the draft, the Broncos agreed to trade a sixth-round pick to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for Teddy Bridgewater.
Denver brought in competition for Lock, and general manager George Paton liked the reaction it sparked from the young quarterback.
“Vic [Fangio] and I met with Drew together and we’ve been upfront with Drew from the day I arrived,” Paton said Thursday. “We told him that our goal was to bring competition into the room, and he’s embraced that from Day 1. We talked to him yesterday and he embraced it.
“He likes the competition, and nothing fazes Drew. He is on a mission this offseason. He is here every morning and he stays late. He is doing all of the right things. We are excited to see his progress as we move forward.”
Adding competition to the QB room might help motivate Lock to push himself this offseason, which should help him improve. Lock has embraced the challenge, now he needs to win the job — and keep it.