Broncos go on QBs; GM ‘proud of our group’


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The NFL draft opened for the Denver Broncos awash in Aaron Rodgers hypothesis and ended roughly 72 hours later with the staff having handed on each quarterback on the board.

Normal supervisor George Paton stated Saturday night time that Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater will formally compete for the beginning job when coaching camp begins this summer season and that was “what we wished all alongside. ”

Requested Saturday why the Broncos completed the three-day affair with no quarterback among the many 10-player draft class — selections that included taking Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II at No. 9 as an alternative of both Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields or Alabama quarterback Mac Jones — Paton stated:

“I like our room proper now, I believe I stated that [Friday] night time. Teddy and Drew, they’ll have an ideal competitors, that is what we wished all alongside. We’ll allow them to compete. … Does that imply we cannot proceed to look? No, [but] I say that with each place. However I do stay up for getting Teddy right here with Drew and having an ideal competitors.”

Fields was taken at No. 10 by the Chicago Bears, who traded up within the spherical to pick him whereas Jones was chosen by the New England Patriots at No. 15. The Broncos had traded for Bridgewater, who the Minnesota Vikings chosen within the first spherical of the 2014 draft when Paton was the staff’s assistant basic supervisor, on Wednesday, a bit greater than 24 hours earlier than the primary spherical started.

Paton additionally added the staff was by no means near choosing any of the accessible quarterbacks in Day 2 or Day 3 of the draft.

“We didn’t,” Paton stated when requested if he’d thought-about it over the previous two days. “It simply did not fall our means and we’re proud of our group.”

Requested if he nonetheless would look so as to add a free-agent quarterback, Paton stated: “We’re at all times wanting. You understand what the market seems to be like proper now — it isn’t nice.

“We’ll see … however we like our two.”

Lock, who has been an everyday within the Broncos’ facility all through the offseason, tied for the league lead in interceptions final season, his first as a starter, and was final within the league in completion share because the Broncos completed 5-11 and missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. Each Paton and coach Vic Fangio have praised Lock’s work up to now within the offseason, and Paton has stated he nonetheless believes in Lock’s potential.

Bridgewater threw 15 landing passes in in 15 begins for the Carolina Panthers final season to go along with 11 interceptions. He completed with 3,733 yards passing in addition to a 69 % completion fee.