Last week Broncos fans were guessing what Coach Fangio and the rest of the coaching staff would decide as to who would be under center to start the season opener against the New York Giants. The answer surprisingly didn’t include Denver’s number three pick in the 2019 draft, Drew Lock.
While it’s unclear what Drew Lock means to the team after Teddy Bridgewater was named starter for Denver last week, we do know that at the moment he will serve as Bridgewater’s backup. Bridgewater came out in game three of the preseason a little sluggish and didn’t find his rhythm until the second quarter throwing his first touchdown to perennial wide receiver, Cortland Sutton.
Lock entered the game halfway through the second giving up the ball on their own 18-yard line setting up the Rams first score of the game. At the start Lock overthrew Tyrie Cleveland who was cut by Denver to make room for the 53-man roster. Along with Cleveland the Broncos cut wide receiver Kendall Hinton, and the Detroit Lions traded two draft picks for Trinity Benson, the most targeted Bronco receiver in the preseason. While all three wide receivers can potentially be starters for other teams, their release is a testimony to how good Denver’s current receiving corps is.
The Broncos acquired linebacker Jonas Griffith from the San Francisco 49ers, but only to help with a struggling special teams. Coach Fangio had expressed concern over the performance of special teams this preseason and is hoping that Griffith plays a leadership role among those on special teams. The full 53-man roster has yet to be determined at the time of this writing.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies were recipients of a rare series win over the L.A. Dodgers in L.A. The Rockies took game one of three in L.A. last Friday winning 4-2. Game two took place the following afternoon and the Dodger beat Colorado 5-2. Game three was Colorado’s best performance scoring three runs in the first and adding two more in the seventh to shutout the Dodgers 5-0.
On Monday, the Rockies kicked off a three-game series with the Texas Rangers losing 3-4 in Arlington. The Rockies are scheduled for games two and three (had not been played at the time of this writing) Tuesday, and Wednesday, before returning home to host the Atlanta Braves in a four-game series.
Currently the Rockies are nine wins from .500 with thirty games left. The Rockies will play the division-leading San Francisco Giants and the second place L.A. Dodgers at the end of September but will closeout the season with the last place Arizona Diamondbacks at the start of October.
The Colorado Rapids tied with Sporting KC last Saturday after beating Real Salt Lake the Saturday before. The Rapids are scheduled to play the San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.