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Drew Lock to start at QB in Broncos preseason opener against Vikings

Drew Lock to start at QB in Broncos preseason opener against
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Following this morning’s practice, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said Drew Lock will start the team’s preseason opener Saturday at Minnesota.

The Broncos and Vikings will practice Wednesday and Thursday in Eagan, Minn., ahead of the game.

Fangio said Teddy Bridgewater will then start the second preseason game, Aug. 21 in Seattle.

Against Minnesota, Fangio said there won’t be a set number of drives for Lock before giving way to Bridgewater.

“You have a hope, but what happens in these preseason games sometimes, if you go and have a couple of three-and-outs and the other team is driving it on you — you can’t go by quarters and series and stuff,” Fangio said. “You have to try and go by plays as best as you can. We’ll keep a running tab during the game.”

Fangio stuck to his standard line of “no separation, Even Steven,” to describe the quarterback competition following 11 days of training camp.

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“I have confidence in both those guys, I really do,” he said.

The Broncos will mix and match their offensive lines when Lock and Bridgewater are in the game on Saturday.

“We’ve got four (offensive) tackles that are competing so (the quarterbacks) will be in with two of those four,” Fangio said. “It may not be what you view as the exact No. 1s, but we’re confident with the guys we’ll have in there.”

Lock took the first team snap of training camp last month, mostly because Fangio said he was with the Broncos last year while Bridgewater was acquired from Carolina via trade in April.

Denver opens the season on Sept. 12 against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. The Broncos’ final preseason game is Aug. 28 against the Rams at Empower Field.

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