Will Broncos bring in veteran backup quarterback? 'That's always an option,' says Vic Fangio

Will Broncos bring in veteran backup quarterback? 'That's always an option,' says Vic Fangio

The Broncos may be looking to add depth at quarterback. 

Rookie Drew Lock could start the season on IR after injuring his hand earlier this month, leaving Denver without a reliable backup behind veteran Joe Flacco. Coach Vic Fangio was asked at a press conference Monday if the team would consider bringing in an experienced veteran signal-caller before Week 1.

“That’s always an option,” Fangio told reporters. “But, as you see out there there’s not a lot of them available.”

Kevin Hogan is currently listed in the No. 2 spot on Denver’s depth chart while the team also has Brett Rypien on its roster. Hogan, however, has completed just 50% of his passes and thrown an interception in the preseason and Rypien has been inconsistent, as well. 

“I’d like to see some separation from them,” Fangio said. “We’ve got one more game to do that. (Who will be the backup quarterback) remains to be seen. I’ve seen some good play. I’ve seen some not so good, so I don’t know the answer to that just yet.”

Lock, meanwhile, slipped to the second round of the 2019 draft, where the Broncos selected him with the No. 42 overall pick. He badly sprained his thumb in the Broncos’ preseason loss to the 49ers earlier this month. 

“Obviously because it’s his throwing hand and a thumb, that’s a pretty serious injury for a quarterback,” Fangio said at the time, via ESPN. “It will be some time before we know exactly where he’s at and how much time he would miss.”

Denver acquired Flacco in an offseason trade with the Ravens.