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The stage is set for Teddy Bridgewater versus Drew Lock.

And make no mistake about it, the competition will be entirely up for grabs.

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Despite already having three experienced cornerbacks on the roster, Patrick Surtain II will play a significant role in Fangio's defense his rookie season. Much like a fine wine, he'll get better as the season progresses.

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When quarterbacks look Ronald Darby's way, it's hard for them to complete a pass. But when they do complete a pass, it can be a big-time play.

Here’s what to expect from the $10 million cornerback this year.

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Opportunity, not skill, will set the ceiling for the talented running back his rookie season.

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Realistically, it's fair to expect Quinn Meinerz to be ready to take a starting job in 2022.

But it's not out of the realm of possibility he steals a starting job at some point his rookie season.

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Despite being the highest drafted linebacker in the Vic Fangio era, there should be minimal expectations for Baron Browning's rookie season.

Heck, the talented linebacker needs to find a position first.

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From a running back perspective, all eyes will be on Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams during training camp.

But don't sleep on Mike Boone. The Broncos won't be.

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There are three specific, and key, areas that Pat Shurmur has noticed an improvement in Drew Lock from last year.

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If Tuesday's practice was any indication, Drew Lock's beginning to do more playing and less thinking thanks in large part to his comfortability in Pat Shurmur's offense.

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DNVR Broncos Podcast

Justin Michael, Henry Chisholm, and Jake Schwanitz dive into the best and worst picks from the John Elway era in Denver, before doing the same thing for George Paton’s tenure with Minnesota. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE POD! iTunes link — Stitcher Link — Pocket Casts Link — Spotify Link DNVR subscribers! Leave your questions in the comment section…

First-round picks certainly are not a guarantee to hit in the NFL.

Early on in OTAs, however, the Broncos' two most recent top picks have been flashing all of the right potential.

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During the first week of Denver Broncos OTAs, it's been hard not to notice Patrick Surtain II.

Literally.

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Patrick Surtain II isn't counting on being handed a starting job.

In fact, he's going above and beyond what Vic Fangio is looking for in order to see the field as much as possible.

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For the third time since Peyton Manning retired, the Broncos will have a quarterback competition. Much like the previous two, expect Teddy Bridgewater vs Drew Lock to go deep into the summer.

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Even without a blockbuster trade of acquiring Aaron Rodgers, George Paton has made his first offseason as Broncos' GM about giving his defensive-minded head coach resource after resource in order to succeed in 2021.

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The Broncos have a plan. They'll stick with it unless and until circumstances dictate otherwise.

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Only one team has allowed more combined kickoff- and punt-return touchdowns than the Broncos in the last two years. They hope their Day 3 picks can change that.

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Another Broncos QB competition is set for training camp:

Drew Lock vs Teddy Bridgewater.

That is, unless George Paton finds an upgrade to the position. And just like he does with every position, he’ll be looking.

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