On the mid-week episode of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory, we were lucky to have our friend and Arrowhead pride alum BJ Kissel join the show to talk a wide variety of things — including another edition of our season preview.
One of the teams we covered was the divisional rival Denver Broncos.
Denver has quietly built a promising offense around second-year quarterback Drew Lock. With additions like wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler and center Lloyd Cushenberry in the NFL Draft, they have prioritized protecting and placing weapons around their young quarterback. Adding free agent running back Melvin Gordon into the mix as well gives them a stable of running backs to turn around and hand the ball off to in order to take the pressure off. What they’ve done to insulate Lock has been impressive.
It always falls on the quarterback position in the NFL, and that’s certainly true with Lock and the Broncos. His story’s always been about peaks and valleys — great stretches of football that bring you hope mixed with some bad stretches that make you wonder if he’ll ever reach his potential. What he has to work with is not only great in the short term with a receiver like Courtland Sutton already in the mix, but in the future as well, with players like Jeudy and Hamler. They’ve prioritized creating an explosive offense so that they may hang with Andy Reid’s unit.
The plan is sound for John Elway and Vic Fangio for building this football team. What remains to be seen is if Lock is the guy to reward them. By the time the Chiefs play the Broncos in Week 7, we’ll know a lot more about Lock. It’s a critical season for him and the AFC West’s chances of catching up to Patrick Mahomes and the reigning Super Bowl champions.
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