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Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater duel it out as Aaron Rodgers trade buzz is put to sleep

Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater, Aaron Rodgers, Broncos

Following Drew Lock’s struggles last year as the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback and rumors that Green Bay Packers star QB Aaron Rodgers was disgruntled with the team’s front office, it seemed that the Broncos’ had serious potential to land Rodgers via trade. However, now that Rodgers has cleared the air and showed up to Packers training camp, Lock’s attention is back on dueling it out with newly acquired QB Teddy Bridgewater.

The two have been fiercely battling it out, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com:

The early quarterback competition in Denver has been back-and-forth, with Teddy Bridgewater turning it up this week after the pads came on…Michael Silver reported for NFL.com in May, after spending a weekend with the Broncos’ front office, that Bridgewater was likely the team’s “presumptive starter” and there’s no reason to believe that’s changed.

Bridgewater, who led the Carolina Panthers to a 4-11 record during his 15 starts last year, profiles as a more conservative, methodical leader on the field, while Lock is a talented gunslinger who struggled with decision-making and accuracy during the 2020 season. That bodes well for Bridgewater, as back in May, as Rosenthal also reports:

The tie here probably goes to Bridgewater. Coach Vic Fangio wants a caretaker who avoids mistakes and helps his defense win the game.

Coach Fangio is in an unenviable position, as Lock’s 57.3% completion percentage was good for dead-last in the NFL last year among qualified passers, while Bridgewater’s safer approach to the game and lackluster season with Carolina will makes it difficult to feel confident in his ability to fully utilize the Broncos’ talented wideout core in Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and Noah Fant.

However, Bridgewater has played at an elite level before, as he led the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs with an 11-5 record back in 2015, and went 5-0 as the New Orleans Saints starter just two seasons ago.

As training camp continues to unfold, the battle between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater will be an interesting one to keep an eye on.