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Broncos News: Denver Officially Names Teddy Bridgewater Week 1 Starting QB Over Drew Lock

David Kaestle
Teddy Bridgewater will be the Broncos starting QB in Week 1.
Teddy Bridgewater will be the Broncos starting QB in Week 1. / Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos acquired Teddy Bridgewater form the Carolina Panthers in April to compete for their starting quarterback job with third-year QB Drew Lock.

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Lock not only failed to take a step forward in year two, but he actually looked worse at times, throwing more interceptions (16) than touchdowns (15), so the Bridgewater acquisition made sense.

While Bridgewater hasn't exactly lived up to the hype he had when he was drafted, he has shown real flashes of being able to lead a team.

The Broncos officially announced the decision of Wednesday that Bridgewater would be the one leading their team in Week 1 when they face off against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.

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Bridgewater owns a 26-23 record as a starter across 6 seasons with Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers. While he only went 4-11 as Carolina's starter last season, he did complete nearly 70% of his passes (69.1%) and had a passer rating of 92.1. That's a clear upgrade over Lock.

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He now gets the chance to head up a much more talented Broncos offense with a wide receiver group that could be elite and a two-headed rushing attack lead by Melvin Gordon and rookie Javonte Williams. Not to mention a defense that will provide him much more support on the other side of the ball.

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