After the Denver Broncos selected Drew Lock in the second round of the 2019 National Football League draft, Joe Flacco likely had flashbacks to one year earlier when his Baltimore Ravens drafted his eventual replacement, Lamar Jackson.
Part of the issue was that the Ravens won when Jackson played well, just as Lock could if he gets an extended opportunity to show off his powerful arm.
The Broncos acquired Flacco from the Ravens in mid-February and were reportedly considering taking a quarterback with their first pick in last month's draft, though Denver ultimately traded back from No. 10 to No. 20 before selecting tight end Noah Fant out of Iowa. "I'm trying to go out there and play good football", veteran quarterback says. I don't look at that as my job. I'm trying to go out there and play the best football of my life.
Flacco said he doesn't consider himself "a selfish person", but that Lock would be most in position to learn by watching. As far as a time constraint and all of that stuff, I'm not anxious about developing guys or any of that. "It's to be in that quarterback room and watch", Flacco said.
"I certainly believe Eli does everything the right way behind the scenes and I certainly believe that's something a young quarterback can value from seeing, " Giants coach Pat Shurmur said before the draft.
Fangio added that he expects Kevin Hogan, Brett Rypien and 2019 second-round selection Drew Lock to be mixed in "randomly" beyond that. "Listen, I hope he does learn from me because that means we're out there and we're slinging it around and having a lot of fun because he's going to learn by watching us do it and watching us do it well".
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Flacco made that point crystal clear. "That's how he's going to learn the timing and all those things is to be able to see it on film and hear Rich talk about it with me and digest as much as possible".
Flacco got most of the first-team reps in Ravens camp previous year but ceded some on the final day to Jackson, who impressed.