Today the NFL preseason kicks off with the Hall of Fame game. It features the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons. Both teams were able to start training camp two weeks early before other teams, because of playing in the Hall of Fame Game. Do not expect to see the starters much in this game; the young players will get a lot of snaps in this game.
What will Drew Lock do?
The Denver Broncos drafted Drew Lock in the second round of the draft. He will not start the game but will get plenty of playing time to show what he can do. Lock will need time to develop before taking over the starting job. Joe Flaco, who the Broncos traded for will start the season at quarterback. Denver has struggled to find a franchise quarterback since the retirement of Peyton Manning. John Elway hopes Drew Lock can be that guy; the kid has a strong arm, just need to learn the position. Last season at Missouri, Lock passes for 3,498 passing yards and 28 touchdowns.
Vic Fangio head coaching debut
Vic Fangio will finally be making his debut on the sidelines as the head coach. He has been working in the NFL for 40 years. He has coached some of the NFL best defenses, most recently the Chicago Bears. Fangio getting a head coaching job is very well deserved. The Broncos will be strong on the defensive side of the ball, but it will be interesting to see what the offense can do with Rich Scangarello running the offense. Denver has a lot of veteran talent on time, so it will be crucial for Fangio and the Broncos to click quickly.
Falcons back up running back
With starter Devonta Freeman not expected to play. It will give Ito Smith, Qadree Ollison, Kenyon Barner, and Brian Hill a chance to battle for the Falcons running back positions. This battle will be a great battle to keep an eye on all preseason. Ollison is has a thick lower body and can get the tough yards like former Micahel Turner was doing for the Falcons. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.