Drew Lock didn’t take as big of a leap as some fans and pundits were hoping he would in 2020, but Denver Broncos president of football operations John Elway still supports the young quarterback.
“I still have high hopes for Drew,” Elway said Monday. “I think he, obviously, is a young quarterback that’s got potential and I think he’s got potential to be a very, very good football quarterback in this league and play in this league and lead teams to victories. Obviously, he’s very young and you never know how that reaction and how that transition is going to go, but I thought that he showed a lot of good signs this year.
“With young quarterbacks, you’re going to run into inconsistency problems, which Drew had this year, but I think when I look at Drew’s makeup and what he’s about, he wants to be great, he wants to learn, and he wants to get better. I think that Drew has a chance to be a darn good football player in this league.”
Last year, Lock didn’t have a normal offseason because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and he had to learn a new offense under a new offensive coordinator. Elway noted that’s the “worst thing” that could happen for a young QB. A more normal offseason in 2021 — and the same offensive coordinator — could help Lock’s development.
“I think this offseason will be a chance for Drew to dig in and work hard, which I know he will, and see if he can make the necessary strides to be able to be that guy,” Elway said.
Of course, Elway’s opinion on Lock might turn out to be a moot point if the team’s new general manager doesn’t believe in the QB. Elway stepped down from his GM role on Monday and the next GM will be in charge of roster decisions this offseason.