'No front-runner' in Lock-Bridgewater QB battle
Teddy Bridgewater (5) and Drew Lock (3) are in a heated QB battle in training camp. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

There is 'no front-runner' in Broncos QB battle between Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater

It's unclear who the Denver Broncos will start at quarterback in 2021, and, at this point, there is "no front-runner" in the battle between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, according to NFL Network's James Palmer.

The Broncos acquired Bridgewater this offseason from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a sixth-round pick. 

Head coach Vic Fangio said earlier this summer that Bridgewater and Lock would have an equal opportunity to win the starting job in 2021. 

At one point, it looked like Lock was going to be Denver's quarterback of the future. He went 4-1 in his first five starts, completing 64.1% of his passes for 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. 

Then 2020 came, and the young quarterback struggled mightily in his sophomore season, going 4-9, completing 57.3% of his passes for 2,933 yards with 16 touchdowns against 15 interceptions in 13 games.

Bridgewater didn't have a much better 2020 season with the Panthers, going 4-11. However, he did complete 69.1 percent of his passes for 3,733 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Palmer reported last week Fangio might not make a final decision on who will start the 2021 season until after Denver plays all three of its preseason games.

If neither signal-caller succeeds in 2021, the Broncos will likely be searching for yet another quarterback since Peyton Manning announced his retirement in 2016. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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