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Broncos coach Vic Fangio wasn’t surprised by Drew Lock’s play in Hall of Fame game

Vic Fangio, Drew Lock

The Denver Broncos went into the Hall of Fame game with tempered expectations for Drew Lock. Vic Fangio wasn’t surprised at all with Lock’s play in their first exhibition contest this preseason.

The Broncos drafted Lock with the 42nd overall pick in this year’s draft. Although, Denver drafted him with the intentions of developing him before inserting him in as the starter.

Before taking Lock, Denver traded for Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens. John Elway was desperate to get a deal done as he has failed to find a long-term solution under center since Peyton Manning retired in 2015.

Elway is hoping that Flacco can bring his previous championship pedigree to a team who has been bolstered by an elite defense in recent seasons. Since Manning’s departure, guys like Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and Case Keenum have failed to provide positive results.

With Flacco being a veteran, he will likely be limited in the number of reps he sees in the preseason. On the other hand, Lock will see his workload increased as preseason advances. Flacco should remain the starter until Fangio believes a change should be made.

Earlier this week, Lock got his first taste of the NFL in the annual Hall of Fame game. The Broncos took on the Atlanta Falcons with Kevin Hogan beginning the game as the starter.

At the end of the game, Lock finished with just 34 yards, completing seven of his 11 attempts. In his first game, Lock struggled to hit open receivers downfield. Nerves may have played a part in that.

When the Broncos take on the Oakland Raiders in Week 1 on Monday Night Football, don’t expect Lock to be the starter under center.