Vic Fangio hasn't decided on Broncos starting quarterback yet: 'We just want to do it at the right time'


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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — With less than three weeks remaining until the Broncos' season opener against Giants, Head Coach Vic Fangio said he hasn't decided whether Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater will be the team's starting quarterback.

"Not yet," Fangio said Tuesday when asked if he'd settled on Lock or Bridgewater.

Fangio said the team has also not chosen which quarterback will start this Saturday against the Rams in the team's preseason finale.

As Week 1 inches closer, Fangio said the Broncos were waiting for the correct moment to decide and announce the decision.

"We just want to do it at the right time, meaning the right time obviously for the players involved, the team involved and for everybody," Fangio said. "… We've got 19 days."

Fangio said the team was not waiting to announce a starter to gain a competitive advantage. Instead, he just wants to continue to see the two players take reps.

"It's pretty damn close," Fangio said. "You guys have seen it. I've asked a few of you a few times, and neither one of you have come up with an answer. It is close. And I think it's close for a good reason. They both have played well. The good news of this competition is we've got two quarterbacks we feel we can go win with."

Fangio said while he didn't chart Tuesday's practice, Lock and Bridgewater had been scheduled to split first-team reps.

Fangio did admit that it may not be a requirement for both Lock and Bridgewater to play against the Rams.

"Not necessarily, but maybe," said Fangio when asked whether he needed that information to make a decision.

In Lock's last preseason action, in which he went 9-of-14 for 80 yards with the second-team offense, Fangio said Lock played well but was hurt by the offensive line play early in his reps.

"I think he was the victim of … some protection breakdowns there early, when he got sacked those couple times," Fangio said. "We had a little quarterback-center exchange issue, which caused him to get tripped up there on that one play where we fumbled it in the red zone and had to settle for a field goal. Thought he made some good throws. Thought he stepped up a good time, improvised on that one play to [Seth] Williams. Thought he played well overall."

Lock was sacked twice against Seattle and twice lost the ball, though he recovered both of the fumbles. He also made his share of solid plays, as he maneuvered to flip a pass to Williams that went for 33 yards. Lock led the Broncos to nine points in five drives.

Bridgewater, meanwhile, completed 9-of-11 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown as he led the Broncos' starters to two touchdowns in two drives.

"I think they know it's close," Fangio said. "They see the film of each other. And the good news is they're both pulling for each other and they both want each other to do good and make it a hard decision for us, and they've succeeded in that."

Soon enough, the Broncos will need to make a decision. That day, though, has not yet come.

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Rams travel to Denver to wrap up 2021 preseason against Broncos 25 August, 2021 - 05:10am

After playing their first two preseason games at home, the Rams head to Denver, Colorado to take on the Broncos for their third and final preseason game. Kickoff from Empower Field at Mile High is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. pacific time on ABC-7.

In advance of the contest, here is your first look at Rams-Broncos:

Lock completed 254 of 443 pass attempts for 2,933 yards with 16 touchdowns against 15 interceptions.

RB Melvin Gordon led Denver's ground attack with 215 carries for 986 yards and nine touchdowns, with RB Phillip Lindsay chipping in 118 carries for 502 yards and one touchdown.

WRs Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick paced the Broncos' receivers. Jeudy had 52 receptions for 856 yards and three touchdowns, while Patrick had 51 for 742 and six.

S Justin Simmons snagged a team-high five interceptions, while linebacker Alexnader Johnson tallied a team-high 124 total tackles.

On special teams, K Brandon McManus made 28 of 34 field goal attempts and 24 of 27 extra point attempts. P Sam Martin averaged 46.8 yards per punt, tied with the Chargers' Ty Long for ninth-most in the league.

Quarterbacks will likely be the center of attention in Saturday's game. Or at least leading into it.

On the Broncos side, they have a quarterback competition which could be called as early as this week. If it doesn't, expect to see both Bridgewater and Lock getting reps against the Rams on Saturday.

As for the Rams, with Devlin Hodges getting waived on Monday, it will be the Bryce Perkins show again. Rams head coach Sean McVay on Monday said John Wolford will be available if need be, but they don't plan to play him.

The Los Angeles Rams were back on the practice field to prepare for Saturday's matchup against the Denver Broncos in Week 3 of the 2021 preseason.

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