Drew Lock was underwhelming at this year’s Hall of Fame game but is ready for his next opportunity.
The rookie Broncos quarterback completed 7 of 11 pass attempts for 34 yards in Denver’s 14-10 victory over the Falcons and was unable to contribute to a score.
Denver traded up to select Lock in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He views his Thursday showing as something he can use to grow.
“I’ll rate it as a learning game,” Lock said after the win, (via DenverBroncos.com). “There’s definitely things I’ll learn there, but I’m excited that I’m sitting here and that was the first time ever stepping out on the field.
“It was the Hall of Fame Game. It wasn’t the Super Bowl, it wasn’t the playoffs — so there’s a lot of things for me to learn, a lot of things for me to look forward to, to progress a little bit.”
Lock aired a few deeper throws just outside the reach of his wideouts but was also able to showcase some of his mobility, scrambling for six yards and a first down on one carry.
Broncos coach Vic Fangio wasn’t shocked by the young signal caller’s outing.
“I was hoping for more, but (I’m) not surprised,” Fangio said. “He’s still got a lot of work to do. I thought his accuracy wasn’t clean all the time along with his reads, but that’s to be expected. We’ve got four more games and we’ve got to get him ready — more ready than he is right now.”
Lock will likely be competing to back up Joe Flacco, who was acquired from the Ravens in a February trade. Denver ranked 19th in total passing yards (3,695) and hopes to improve upon that mark with the Flacco, the MVP of Super Bowl 47.
He lost his starting job in Baltimore to second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson last season and is looking for a fresh start.
The Broncos were 6-10 in 2018, missing the playoffs, and will hope Lock is more on top of things in their second preseason game against the Seahawks on Aug. 8. They may need him to be serviceable this year.
“You get your first taste of it, and you just keep wanting more and you want more, and that’s how I am right now,” Lock said. “The days are going to go by slow until our next game.”