Week 2 did not go as planned for the Denver Broncos, not only losing 26-21 to the Steelers but also losing quarterback Drew Lock for 3-5 weeks with a rotator cuff injury.
Broncos are signing former Jaguars and Rams quarterback Blake Bortles to a one-year deal, pending COVID testing and physical, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports.
This is Bortles’ seventh year in the league, mostly with the Jaguars. In his career, he has thrown for over 17,000 yards, 103 touchdowns, and 75 interceptions, while completing 59 percent of his passes. He spent the 2019 season with the Rams, appearing in three games and throwing two passes. He gives the Broncos some depth while Lock recovers.
Jeff Driskel did not look too shabby when he replaced Lock, going 18-34 for 256 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He nearly led the Broncos to a comeback victory.
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Broncos Didn’t Consider Colin Kaepernick
One quarterback who was not considered to bring in is Colin Kaepernick.
Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio said “His name hasn’t come up in the brief discussions I’ve had with John Elway,” according to the team website.
Kaepernick has not played since 2016 due in large part to essentially being blackballed by the league for kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice and police brutality against Black people.
He has continued to stay in shape and train just in case a team picks up the phone and decides to call him. Back in 2016, Kaepernick was nearly traded to Elway and the Broncos, but money issues prevented the trade to occur.