The quarterback competition for the Denver Broncos has produced a starter.
Vic Fangio, the Broncos’ head coach, notified his squad on Wednesday that Teddy Bridgewater will be the team’s starting quarterback in Week 1.
Bridgewater challenged incumbent starter Drew Lock throughout training camp and the first two weeks of the preseason, throwing a touchdown pass in both games. Lock regressed against Seattle last weekend after an outstanding performance in a blowout win over Minnesota. He completed 9 of 14 passes for 80 yards and a middling passer rating of 79.5.
Meanwhile, against the Seahawks, Bridgewater shone, completing 9 of 11 passes for 105 yards and a 2-yard touchdown throw to receiver K.J. Hamler.
“There wasn’t a lot of separation,” Fangio told reporters on Wednesday afternoon. “Both guys had good camps. They both played well. Both had their down moments, both had their good moments. Thought it was good overall for both of them. We just made this decision, we think it’s best for the team right now moving forward. We have two good quarterbacks — two quarterbacks we can win with. Unfortunately, you can’t play with two.”
Lock isn’t going anywhere as Bridgewater takes over as the starter, according to NFL Network’s James Palmer, who claimed Wednesday that the Broncos feel he can still improve and have no plans to trade the former second-round choice.
Bridgewater’s stronger performance appears to have aided Fangio in making a starter selection with one week remaining in the preseason. Bridgewater offers extra experience to Denver’s offense, having spent six seasons in the NFL with the Vikings, Saints, and Panthers. He’ll be the man to lead the team into the 2021 season.
“It was very exciting,” Bridgewater said Wednesday. “I’m just happy that I get an opportunity, happy that I get to just continue to lead.”