The Denver Broncos could be a team that moves up the board to select a quarterback in the NFL Draft later this month, though multiple reports have suggested the team remains high on incumbent starter Drew Lock.
Perhaps some assistance from a former Broncos signal-caller will pay dividends for Lock as he prepares for his third season.
Broncos left guard Dalton Risner said on a recent FanSided podcast Lock has been putting in some hours with Peyton Manning:
“[Manning] and Drew have been doing a lot of work this offseason and watching film, so if he’s on board with Drew, I’ve been on board with Drew, too. It’s been fun,” Risner said, via Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.
Manning knows all about early-career struggles.
The Hall of Famer still holds the record for most interceptions by a rookie quarterback (28). Manning went 3-13 in his first season under center for the Indianapolis Colts. However, The Sheriff would ultimately put together one of the best resumes in NFL history, winning a pair of Super Bowls to go with five MVPs and seven First-Team All-Pro selections.
It seems unlikely the Broncos expect Lock to be anything like Manning was at the peak of his powers. However, Manning can add valuable perspective for the youngster coming off a sophomore slump.
Lock went 4-9 as the starter in 2020, completing just over 57 percent of his passes and throwing for 16 touchdowns against 15 interceptions. His lackluster play prompted questions about the state of Denver's quarterback situation.
Still, the Broncos seemingly remain high on the 24-year-old heading into 2021. Maybe Manning's words of wisdom can give Lock the confidence he needs to meet the challenge head-on later this summer and into the fall.