Coach Vic Fangio addressed the media after Tuesday morning’s practice, announcing that Drew Lock will start the team’s preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Fangio also indicated that Teddy Bridgewater would be starting in Denver’s second preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle on August 21st.
The Denver Broncos are a conundrum wrapped in an enigma, with many critics praising their talent on both sides of the ball but missing a key component that literally drives the offense. Some think this year is an opportunity for Drew Lock to breakout of his interception past, and re-enter into a division with talented young gun slingers. Teddy Bridgewatter too has an opportunity to show his critics that he is much more than a second option quarterback who takes little chance behind center.
While both quarterbacks are still entangled in a heated quarterbacks competition for the top spot under center, one Denver quarterback enjoyed his weekend in Canton Ohio becoming the Broncos ninth Hall of Famer (HOF). Peyton Manning along with John Lynch became the Denver Broncos ninth and tenth HOF inductees into Cantons NFL Hall of Fame, joining John Elway (2004), Gary Zimmerman (2008), Pat Bowlen (2019), Champ Bailey (2019), and Steve Atwater (2020).
Manning was joined by a number of past teammate and opponents in Canton to help celebrate his induction, including Von Miller, Aqib Talib, and Demarcus Ware.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies completed the sweep of the Florida Marlins on Sunday after defeating the Marlins 13-8. Colorado beat the Marlins 7-4 in game two and 14-2 in game one. This week the Rockies are in Houston to face the asterisk-laden team, the Astros in a two-game series. The Astros lost a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins last week after splitting a game apiece with the L.A. Dodgers to start off the month of August. The Rockies beat the Astros back in late April two games to none.
The Colorado Rapids beat the Austin FC 1-0 on Saturday July 31 and tied with Sporting KC on Saturday August 7th. The Rapids are currently in 4th place in the Western Conference with 28 points, six points behind the conference leading Sporting KC. This weekend the Rapids take on the Houston Dynamo who is coming off consecutive loses to the Austin FC and Minnesota United FC.
The Denver Nuggets summer league is in full swing with players like Bol Bol, newly acquired Giorgi Bezhanishvili, and Bones Hyland all brushing up on a chance to shine for more time in the regular season. The Nuggets lost to the Miami Heat on Sunday night with Caleb Agada leading all scorers with 21 points. This week the Nuggets will be hosting the Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns before heading to Dallas to kick off next week.