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It’s a small sample size Bradley Chubb Broncos Jersey , but the Broncos maybe, possibly, could have their franchise quarterback.Rookie Drew Lock looks the part after two career games.The second-round choice has completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 443 yards with five touchdowns, two interceptions and a 111.4 passer rating. The Broncos are 2-0 in his starts, beating the Chargers and Texans.“I thought he played great,” General Manager John Elway said on KOA on Tuesday, via Nicki Jhabvala of TheAthletic.com. “I think obviously it’s OK to be excited about him, because I think he’s played very, very well his first two starts. He’s handled himself great. Obviously, he’s a young guy with two starts, but we couldn’t be happier with how he came out of the gate and know that there’s still going to be ups and downs. We’re going into Kansas City against a defense, and he’s going to see a lot more looks than he’s seen the first two weeks. But you know what, we’re excited about where he is. Plus, it’s nice to go on the road and get a real good win against a very good football team in the Houston Texans.”Lock injured his wrist in a preseason game in August and spent the first 11 games on injured reserve.He is the Broncos’ seventh starter since Peyton Manning retired, following Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch Von Miller Jersey White , Trevor Siemian, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco and Brandon Allen. And King called the former "questionable," so that’s ... not great." Denver Broncos Training CampDenver Broncos PodcastsPeter King: O-line, tight-end position keys to Broncos’ success in 2019New,41commentsAnd King called the former “questionable,” so that’s ... not great.MDTPeter King spent two days at Broncos training camp this weekend and came away with two main thoughts that will appear in his column this week:I have some thoughts on both (as you might imagine), so let’s consider King’s explanations.‘Von Miller as metaphor’King believes that Miller’s ability to be disciplined and to “be a key cog” in Vic Fangio’s defense, which King labeled a “classic old Bill Belichick” do-your-job approach, will set the tone for whether the Broncos defense can stay on course and just “do their jobs.”And how the defense goes, so goes the team.“There were too many times in 2018 when Von Miller was trying to do too much, trying to freelance,” King said. “He’d jump offsides just trying to get an advantage in pass rush.”A disciplined Miller will mean the defense can rule the day once again.And based on what King took away from just two days of camp (which he acknowledged), the defense is going to have to rule the day for the team to have much of a chance.‘Flacco ahead of Lock’King’s evaluation of Drew Lock so far was...not good - “Drew Lock just had a terrible practice.” Before too much freaking out occurs, remember ... just two practices in the first five days of training camp (which King did add as a disclaimer).But knowing that a lot of fans would like to know how long Flacco can hold off Lock as starting quarterback, King wanted to give fans a dose of reality - it could be a while. On his obviously meticulous calculations Royce Freeman Jersey , King said Flacco is “16 miles ahead of Drew Lock.”So the obvious next question is the more important:How good is Flacco going to be?King believes it all depends on the tight end position. Given some minor/still recovering injury issues with Jake Butt and Troy Fumagalli, plus the usual growing pains for a rookie with first-round pick Noah Fant, it appears that position is still a relatively big question mark.“The big key is how much of a friend is the tight end position going to be for him?” King said, adding that the Broncos clearly want the tight end to be a big part of the offense.“Flacco needs that security blanket, especially because the offensive line is so questionable,” King added. “He needs to have an early outlet. We already know he’s got the deep arm and will make some good music with Emmanuel Sanders, but whether [the early outlet] is with Noah Fant or any of those other guys at tight end, that has to happen.”is possibly the most revealing - and depressing - thing that King said. Based on camp reports so far, when Flacco had tons of time, the veteran made some good passes. But he has rarely had tons of time.But despite King’s general tendency to be down on the Broncos (in my opinion), he said he left camp a little optimistic, mainly because of the coach.“I just love the hire of Vic Fangio,” King said. “I think it’s going to be a very, very interesting team in a very tough division in 2019.”
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