After rookie quarterback Drew Lock finished his first training camp practice Thursday afternoon, Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio made it clear he would not be threatening starter Joe Flacco’s status anytime soon according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic.
“He’s not a quarterback yet,” Fangio said. “He’s a hard-throwing pitcher who doesn’t know how to pitch yet.” It is a pretty blunt criticism of the rookie but a fair one. Lock displayed a hug arm during his four years at the University of Missouri but was inconsistent and at times struggled to complete routine touch throws. It is the primary reason he fell to the second round in the first place as he always figured to be a work in progress.
Ironically, it was much the same criticism leveled at Flacco when he came out of the University of Delaware as a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens way back in 2008. Things worked out pretty well for Flacco, as he ended up starting all 16 games his rookie season and eventually became a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and one of the highest-paid players at his position. Things may not move quite so quickly for Lock but he has all the physical and mental tools to be a very successful QB in the NFL.