Updated Quarterback Depth Chart for Broncos After NFL Draft
Quarterbacks were the talk of the 2021 NFL Draft given a deep class at the position. Five QBs went in the first round alone, though several talented prospects were taken after that and others picked up as undrafted free agents.
While the Denver Broncos have been involved in trade rumors regarding Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, they'll begin the season with Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater as their top signal-callers. Both men are expected to compete for the starting job once training camp comes around.
Here's a look at the Broncos' updated QB depth chart for 2021.
Broncos QB Depth Chart 2021
1. Drew Lock
While it's entirely possible that Teddy Bridgewater could be the Broncos' Week 1 starter in 2021, Drew Lock is at the top of the depth chart because he's been with the organization for the last two seasons. His career is still young, but Lock has yet to impress critics as in his second season (2020) he threw nearly as many touchdowns (16) as he has interceptions (15). Now that Bridgewater is town, the starting quarterback gig is Lock's to lose.
2. Teddy Bridgewater
The Broncos acquired Bridgewater from the Carolina Panthers just before the NFL Draft for a sixth-round pick. With just one year left on his contract, he's got a limited window to move up the depth chart. Fortunately, Bridgewater has shown he can handle being the No. 1 quarterback in the past. Just last season, he turned 3,733 passing yards into 15 TDs (and 11 INTs) in 15 starts. If he can replicate that success this season, Bridgewater would be an upgrade over Lock.
3. Brett Rypien
After going undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft, Brett Rypien joined the Broncos and spent a lot of time with their practice squad before making his pro debut last season. He may only have one NFL start under his belt, but he wound up leading Denver to victory that game. It's a small sample size, but, assuming he's improving, Rypien could wind up being a solid backup should Bridgewater or Lock leave the team. He's also a restricted free agent at the end of the season, so Denver will at least be able to control his future.
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