The Denver Broncos are expected to be major players in what could be a wild quarterback market this offseason.
For now, Drew Lock is hoping to prove he still deserves another shot in Denver.
He is expected to start again this Sunday as Teddy Bridgewater remains out with a concussion.
Vic Fangio said Teddy Bridgewater, Kenny Young and Ronald Darby won't practice today.
Said it looks like Drew Lock will start on Sunday.
— Aric DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) December 29, 2021
Lock got the start last week in a frustrating 17-13 loss to the Las Vegas that dropped the Broncos to 7-8.
That has them still mathematically alive for the postseason, but they need to win out and get some help.
But does Lock’s performance matter when it comes to the 2022 plans?
Broncos Focused On The Future
The Broncos need a miracle to reach the postseason.
That first includes beating both the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs to finish the season.
#Broncos QB Drew Lock is expected to be the team’s starter once again this week vs. the #Chargers, source said, as incumbent Teddy Bridgewater continues to recover from a concussion. The team will continue to be smart with it.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2021
Even if that happens, they need to jump ahead of six teams just to land in the seventh and final AFC playoff spot.
So at this point it is hard to say Lock is anything other than a placeholder for Denver as they wait for next season.
He is only playing because Bridgewater is hurt and has clearly never been a favorite of head coach Vic Fangio.
So even if Lock lights it up, the plans aren’t going to change.
That is even true if he somehow guides the Broncos to the postseason in a January miracle.
Lock would have to win the Super Bowl for the Broncos to consider staying out of the quarterback sweepstakes this offseason.
Change is coming in Denver and fans are hoping John Elway can pull off another miracle to lure a star to town to end this current stretch of mediocrity under center.