The Denver Broncos didn’t take a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft, but they did trade for Teddy Bridgewater right before it to add competition at the position for incumbent quarterback Drew Lock.

Friday, Broncos head coach Vic Fangio revealed his plan for the quarterback competition. Basically, it’s a true competition with neither player starting with an advantage:

Denver was hoping Lock would be the no-doubt quarterback of the future after he showed a lot of promise as a rookie in 2019. Unfortunately, the youngster endured an ugly sophomore slump in 2020, turning in one of the worst seasons among starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

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Lock completed just 57.3% of his passes and recorded a woeful quarterback rating of 75.4. The Broncos quarterback threw for 2,933 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 13 games. Those 15 interceptions tied Carson Wentz for the most in the league.

Meanwhile, Bridgewater put up solid numbers for the Carolina Panthers, albeit as part of a miserable season for the team. The 28-year-old threw for 3,733 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 15 games. He completed 69.1% of his passes and posted a quarterback rating of 92.1. He also rushed for 279 yards and five scores.

The Broncos traded a sixth-round pick for Bridgewater’s services. Denver is surely hoping a quarterback competition brings the best out of Lock, or perhaps Bridgewater will simply act as a … bridge to the next potential quarterback of the future.

The Broncos went just 5-11 in 2020.