Las Vegas Raiders: 3 Denver Broncos players to Worry About in Week 16
No. 3: Drew Lock
After Drew Lock had a hugely disappointing sophomore season as a starter last season, the Broncos traded for Teddy Bridgewater, and in what was seen as a desperate and needed move — Bridgewater took over the starting position immediately.
In the only 40 passing attempts, Lock has thrown this season, he has only completed 55% of them while adding a mere 227 passing yards to go along with the sad tune of one touchdown and two interceptions.
In the last encounter in which the Raiders saw the former Missouri product, he torched the Vegas defense by throwing for 339 yards and two scores, which resulted in a narrow and meaningless season finale win for the Raiders.
Will he replicate those numbers? Or replicate how he performed the first time he played the Raiders in 2020 when he threw for four interceptions.
You never truly know what you are getting in Drew Lock, and the Broncos were probably wise to entrust the offense to the solid but unspectacular Bridgewater. However, with the injury to Bridgewater, the Broncos will be turning back to their former second-round pick.
Whatever the case here, the Broncos have no choice but to hand the keys over to Locke. And although like stated before, this offense runs through the rushing attack, Lock still has some talented targets in receivers Courtland Sutton and a now-healthy Jerry Jeudy. He also has a reliable security blanket in tight end Noah Fant who was one of his favorite targets a season ago.
Derek Carr is likely to return as the starting quarterback for the Raiders in 2022, but what will happen to backup Marcus Mariota?
The Silver and Black must keep a watchful eye on the inconsistent quarterback. No matter if he is down more than up, you can never count out the gambling quarterback, as sometimes his risks take a turn for the best.