Broncos Journal: Challenge for Drew Lock — play his style of game, but stay healthy


Twelve things entering Sunday’s Broncos-New England game, one for each Broncos player on injured reserve:  

1. If Drew Lock starts at quarterback, as expected, it will be interesting to see if he is more conservative in trying to extend plays. He injured his wrist last August and his right shoulder last month trying to buy time outside the pocket. The Broncos’ best chances at being competitive is having No. 3 as QB1.

2. When I asked Lock on Wednesday if he had to adjust his style, he said: “I can definitely give or take some of those. (But) that’s kind of who I am and how I play. … I automatically want to get out and run rather than automatically stepping up and working in the pocket and delivering a ball for maybe four or six yards rather than rolling out and trying to throw a deep bomb and make something crazy happen. I feel like I can put that more into my game.”

3. The challenge for coach Vic Fangio, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and quarterbacks coach Mike Shula: Teaching Lock to realize it’s OK to live for another down and taking a short profit means not going broke. But they also want him to play his game, the game that allowed him to shine at Missouri and be a second-round pick by the Broncos. It’s a tough balance for a young player.

4. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Fangio is the sixth coach in the Super Bowl Era to start five different quarterbacks in his first 20 games. The others: John McKay for expansion Tampa Bay (1976-77; 0-20 record), Indianapolis’ Rod Dowhower (1985-86; 5-15), Detroit’s Wayne Fontes (1988-89; 8-12), Chicago’s Lovie Smith (2004-05; 6-14) and Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier (2010-11, 5-15).

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5. Fangio is 8-12 while using Lock (seven starts), Joe Flacco (eight), Brandon Allen (three) and Jeff Driskel and Brett Rypien (one apiece). The Bears’ five quarterbacks under Smith all started at least three games.

6. Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has 46 catches for 449 yards and four touchdowns in eight career games against the Broncos. He has 18 catches in four games this year and is expected to see plenty of Bryce Callahan when lined up in the slot. “He’s experienced, he knows the game, he knows defenses and he’s a shifty little guy who can catch the ball,” Callahan said. “Put that all together makes him dangerous.”

7. It was a long time ago (Oct. 1), but outside linebacker Bradley Chubb will look to build on his re-breakout game against the Jets (2 1/2 sacks, two knockdowns and three pressures). Watching from back home in Colorado was Von Miller. “It was great,” he said. “I’ve been talking to Bradley throughout his process (coming back from a torn ACL) and he’s been talking me through my process. I’ve seen him going through his rehab and the struggles he had to overcome and to see him have success, it was definitely uplifting to me.”

8. During an interview on Oct. 7, Miller was asked how …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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