Denver Broncos: Lock, 1st team offense show promise despite Preseason loss to Seahawks

Preseason Week 1 has given broncos fans another look at Drew Lock.

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Denver Broncos: Lock, 1st team offense show promise despite Preseason loss to Seahawks

Joe Amon/The Denver Post

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Alex Olson, Managing Editor

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In their first official showing of the NFL Preseason, the Broncos started by giving everyone watching a heart attack by fumbling the opening kickoff. Fortunately, this would not be indicative of the rest of the game.

Denver’s offense started by showing its great talent in the backfield, as running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman combined for 59 yards on the ground and 10 through the air on the 78-yard opening drive.

Joe Flacco, though he was only 3-of-4 for 19 yards passing, showed experience and poise in the pocket, a welcome sight after four years of quarterback mediocrity.

The defense, for its part, held the Seahawks scoreless until well into the second quarter.

But the true test for all of these comes on September 9 against the Oakland Raiders. The real attraction of this game was rookie quarterback Drew Lock.

Lock was selected 42nd overall by the Broncos in this year’s draft, and while NFL writers and certain fans hailed him as the future the franchise, the Broncos organization has been cautious. Head coach Vic Fangio notably stated that Lock was not an “NFL-ready” quarterback, and his lackluster performance in the Hall of Fame game seemingly proved his point.

However, a much stronger performance this week points toward improvement on Lock’s end, and certainly gave the fanbase some needed optimism. Lock played throughout the second, third and fourth quarters, and was 17-of-29 for 180 yards passing, along with a touchdown and an interception.

He showed a willingness to get rid of the football uncommon in rookie quarterbacks, and while there were many rookie mistakes, he managed to show off his talented arm and improvements in reading coverage.

However, all of this must be taken with a grain of salt. This was the Preseason, and Lock was mostly playing against the second and third-string defense. It will take much more time for him to develop into a legitimate quarterback, but his improved performance is a good sign of things to come.

In the meantime, we look onto August 19, when the San Francisco 49ers come to Denver, and we can get more of a look at the lesser-known members of the team in Preseason Week 2.