Drew Lock’s first start of 2021 marred by no run game, dropped passes

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Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock started his first game of the 2021 season on Sunday in the place of an injured Teddy Bridgewater.

Lock certainly didn’t have an amazing performance, completing 15-of-22 passes for 153 yards with no touchdowns in a 17-13 loss, but he wasn’t terrible, either.

Lock didn’t throw any interceptions and he didn’t fumble, which is notable for the turnover-prone quarterback. Denver’s rushing attack was also nonexistent against the Las Vegas Raiders, and three of Lock’s passes were dropped.

Those unfortunate circumstances make it hard to evaluate Lock’s performance.

“Anytime you lose your running game — especially for us [because] that’s what we’ve done best this year — it makes it harder on the quarterback,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Monday. “There’s no doubt about that. I think it’s hard to give a great assessment of Drew’s play yesterday because as a whole offensively we just didn’t play good enough, and it makes it hard to assess the quarterback position.

“I thought he made some good throws. We had a chance on some of them [but] we didn’t quite make them. I wasn’t terribly disappointed in his performance, either. Obviously, it could be better.”

Bridgewater has an uncertain status for this week’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, and Lock is preparing as if he’ll start again. If Lock does start, he should have more help from the run game this week given that L.A. has allowed the fourth-most rushing yards in the NFL this season.

The Broncos rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns when they beat the Chargers 28-13 at home in November.

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