Jake Plummer stresses key advice to Broncos’ Drew Lock
Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock is set to take over as the focal point of the franchise in the 2020 NFL season. Former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer is one of the few people that is all too familiar with what comes with the territory.
Plummer recently offered up some advice for Lock on how to navigate the road ahead, via the team’s official Youtube:
“Strive to do your best and strive to bring the best out of your teammates. In order to do that, you’ve got to be yourself.”
Plummer added that maintaining an authentic passion for the game will help pay huge dividends.
“Take everything in stride, but make sure you’re preparing – for yourself mentally and also to be the leader on this team. Just coming in ready to be that guy,” Plummer said. “It doesn’t mean you have to be perfect every day or set the example every single minute. It just means you have to do your best, put your best effort forward and make sure your teammates know, that they see that, and they see it means something to you – how important it is to win and to win now.”
“If you’re the leader and you’re 100% into it,” Plummer pointed out, “those guys will really love you and really respect you and do great things for you.”
It is encouraging to see Plummer reach out to one of his successors. Although it has been more than a decade since “The Snake” was slithering through Denver, he is clearly rooting for the success of his former team and those that are taking up his position.
Fortunately, Plummer has good reason to believe that the Broncos are in good hands. Lock showed plenty of promise as a franchise cornerstone despite an otherwise disappointing year from the team. It should be noted that his only loss as a starter came against the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Regardless, expectations are much higher in Denver now that they managed to properly beef up Lock’s supporting cast. Since the restrictions placed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) have prevented him from getting properly acquainted with some of his new teammates, he will need to put an emphasis on emerging into a leader in the locker room.