Kevin Hogan embracing backup role with Broncos
The Denver Broncos made a lot of changes at the quarterback position this offseason. Trading for Joe Flacco made major news, as did drafting Drew Lock in the second round.
However, something that many might not have noticed was that the Broncos also acquired Kevin Hogan.
The reason it might have flown under the radar is simply that Hogan is a backup. The QB has appeared in eight games since 2016. In that time, he completed 59.4% of his passes for 621 yards, throwing four touchdowns compared to seven interceptions.
The problem Hogan faces is his undefined role. Drew Lock is the obvious QB of the future in Denver, while Joe Flacco will begin the year as the starter.
If anyone’s going to overtake Flacco this year it will be Lock. However, that doesn’t mean he’ll be the outright second-stringer. If Flacco suffers an injury but the team doesn’t feel Lock is ready, Hogan could step in.
However, that seems like one of the few ways he could get extended time on the field.
Hogan is ready for whatever is thrown at him, and ready to take on any role.
As Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com brings to light, no matter what happens, Hogan will embrace the role.
“I didn’t know too much about him” Hogan said, via KUSA. “But since then, I’ve gotten to know he’s an awesome kid. Very talented. He and [undrafted free agent Brett Rypien] are great additions to the QB room. They’re going to be great quarterbacks for years to come. I’m happy they’re in the room with us. For me, it’s not worrying about what other people are doing. It’s just worry about myself. Control what I can control and move on from there.”
The Denver Broncos’ quarterback situation will be interesting to watch this year. Sadly for Kevin Hogan, the second string seems like the best-case scenario for him. He’s ready to make the most out of it, though. A great locker room presence who is ready to learn and ready to teach — that’s the kind of guy who will stick around in the NFL for a long time.