As the 2020 NFL season continues to draw closer, there have been increasing questions about how it will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Already, we have seen the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game cancelled and many believe a good chunk of the preseason will be scrapped as well. Despite the adversity, the NFL has been adamant that they want to keep the season on track. For Denver Broncos’ second-year quarterback Drew Lock, this entire situation could not have come at a worse time.
After taking over the starting job late last season and leading his team to a 4-1 record as the starter, a full, normal offseason would have been very valuable. Unfortunately, the young signal-caller will not receive that luxury.
During his rookie season with the Broncos in 2019, Lock proved John Elway right for taking him with the No. 42 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He showed flashes of stardom and showed that Denver has finally found a quarterback who they can view as their long-term franchise leader. They have been searching for that since the departure of Peyton Manning.
Elway also has nailed draft picks over the past few years to place an extremely talented group around Lock. He added two key playmakers this offseason in the 2020 NFL Draft with the additions of Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler. Courtland Sutton is also expected to take another big leap forward in his third NFL season.
Not only did the Broncos make offensive additions in the NFL Draft, they also signed star running back Melvin Gordon. Denver now has a lethal two-headed monster in their backfield with Gordon and Phillip Lindsay.
That being said, things are looking great for the Broncos’ offense entering 2020. If Lock takes a big step forward, they are going to be a very dangerous unit.
Let’s take a look at three early predictions for Lock heading into year two of his NFL career.
3. The Broncos will be a top-5 offense, led by the young QB
We have already run down the weapons at Lock’s disposal this season and they add up to a being a top-five offense in 2020. He has all the wide receiver talent in the world and a running game that will take a lot of pressure off of his arm.
Lock’s job will be much easier than it was last season. The addition of Jeudy will give him two legitimate No. 1 targets with Sutton on the other side of the field. Hamler has the potential to break a big play anytime he touches the football.
Denver is going to be tough to stop. They will finally have an offense that can put points on the board in bunches, which bodes well for them with a dangerous defense and Vic Fangio’s genius mind.
2. Lock will rack up over 4,000 passing yards
During the 2019 season with the Broncos, Lock ended up completing 64.1 percent of his pass attempts for 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He showed great poise and even better arm talent.
With more weapons and playmakers on the field, his numbers will rise in a big way. Lock will rack up over 4,000 passing yards in his second NFL Season. Denver has not been known for their offense over the last few years, but the former Missouri star will change that in 2020.
1. He will lead Denver to a Wild Card berth
What bigger prediction could be made for Lock than leading the Broncos the playoffs? He will have a big statistical season and returning to the postseason is the cherry on top of a nearly-perfect season for the young quarterback.
Lock has legitimate star potential for the future. Denver is in good hands and it will show this season.
While the Broncos will be nowhere close to Super Bowl contenders, they will sneak into the Wild Card. Doing so will prove that they are headed in the right direction. There are a lot of reasons to be excited about Denver moving forward.