Broncos HC Vic Fangio names Teddy Bridgewater starting QB over Drew Lock

The Denver Broncos' quarterback competition has produced a starter.

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio informed his team that Teddy Bridgewater will be the Broncos' starting signal-caller in Week 1, the team announced Wednesday.

Bridgewater battled incumbent starter Drew Lock through training camp and the first two weeks of the preseason, throwing a touchdown pass in each of the first two games. After Lock's impressive performance in a blowout win over Minnesota, the third-year player regressed against Seattle last weekend, completing 9 of 14 passes for 80 yards and a pedestrian passer rating of 79.5.

Bridgewater, meanwhile, shined against the Seahawks, completing 9 of 11 attempts for 105 yards and a 2-yard touchdown pass to receiver KJ Hamler.

"There wasn't a lot of separation," Fangio told reporters on Wednesday afternoon. "Both guys had good camps. They both played well. Both had their down moments, both had their good moments. Thought it was good overall for both of them. We just made this decision, we think it's best for the team right now moving forward. We have two good quarterbacks -- two quarterbacks we can win with. Unfortunately, you can't play with two."

As Bridgewater moves into the starting job, Lock is going nowhere, as NFL Network's James Palmer reported Wednesday that the Broncos believe he can still develop and have no intention of trading the former second-round pick.

Bridgewater's superior performance appears to have helped Fangio make a decision on a starter with one week of the preseason left to play. With six NFL seasons under his belt in stints with the Vikings, Saints and Panthers, Bridgewater brings more experience to Denver's offense, and he'll be the man to lead the unit into the 2021 season.

"It was very exciting," Bridgewater said Wednesday. "I'm just happy that I get an opportunity, happy that I get to just continue to lead."

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