Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said Monday that no decision has yet been made on the rest-of-season status of second-round rookie quarterback Drew Lock according to Andrew Mason of DNVR Sports.
“All options are available” for Lock including staying on injured reserve for the rest of 2019. Fangio also said the rookie’s lack of practice time is “more the issue than his ability to learn [the offense].”
But part of the reason for Lock’s lack of practice time is that the Broncos waited weeks after he was first eligible to have him start practicing.
Questions surrounding Lock probably wouldn’t be happening if Brandon Allen hadn’t failed miserably against the Bills, but that performance ultimately opened the door for the rookie to close the year with developmental starts if Fangio and the front office choose to go that way.
Whatever the case, it is clear Allen isn’t the long-term answer. Allen flunked his toughest on-paper test to date, finishing Week 12 as the first quarterback to throw for 82 yards or less on 25-plus attempts since Charlie Whitehurst did so in 2014.
Even if the Broncos braintrust worries that Lock is not quite ready, his cannon arm can at least get the ball downfield to stars-in-the-making Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant.