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Broncos’ Drew Lock has been picking Peyton Manning’s brain

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The Denver Broncos have been in search of a quarterback ever since Peyton Manning retired following the club’s Super Bowl-winning campaign in 2015, and they may have finally found one.

Last spring, the Broncos took Drew Lock in the second round of the NFL Draft. While his rookie campaign was abbreviated due to a preseason thumb injury, he took the reins under center late in the season. He looked impressive, throwing for 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions while completing 64.1 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 89.7 in five stats. Most importantly, Denver went 4-1 in those games.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Lock will almost surely be the Broncos’ starting quarterback in 2020, and he is preparing for his first full season by asking another certain Denver signal-caller for advice.

Per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, former Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley says that Lock has been picking the brain of Manning and that the two quarterbacks even had a 90-minute phone call that covered issues such as film study, when the right time is to start throwing in the offseason and how to organize workouts with receivers.

It’s hard to think of a better-retired quarterback for Lock to seek out advice from than Manning.

Lock played his collegiate football at the University of Missouri and posted largely middling results, totaling 99 touchdowns and 39 interceptions while completing just 56.9 percent of his passes.

But in spite of his so-so collegiate numbers, Lock certainly showed a lot of promise during his first professional season.