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Broncos quarterback debate grinds on

Pick someone already.

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With the third and final preseason game fast approaching the Denver Broncos, it feels like a conclusion to Denver’s quarterback conundrum may never come. Both quarterbacks have started a preseason game and both have looked capable. While it’s apparent that Vic Fangio and crew wished that one quarterback would take the reins and never look back, that, as we have come to experience in multiple quarterback battles since Manning retired, just hasn’t happened.

There are no shortage of opinions as to who should be the starter. So strong are fan feelings for one quarterback over another that conversations regarding other positions are stilted or choked out all together. Jerry Jeudy is looking like a damn monster this year. Javonte Williams can freakin’ run. Patrick Surtain II looks like the second coming of Champ Bailey. Jonathan Cooper has dominated in the preseason. The fact remains that this is a football team that plays in Denver and while there is upheaval at the quarterback position, fan focus will not deviate. Call it the Elway/Manning curse for having had two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.

It’s frustrating that, going into the last week of the preseason, we still don’t know who will be under-center when the Broncos take on the Giants at the Meadowlands in week 1. With the entirety of offseason camps, training camp, and now two preseason games, it’s impossible to believe that Vic and company are still flummoxed over whom should start... and yet here we are.

If there is still a question as to whom these quarterbacks truly are, there may not be time to find the answer. The heavens are not going to open up and illuminate anyone. Maybe there is no more clarity to be had. Continuing to find out just who these guys are against second and third-team defenses is doing nobody any good. The piles of evidence on these two are vast and one more bit of film here or there shouldn’t tip the scale one way or another. We have seen what each has to offer. To delay any further doesn’t demonstrate thoughtfulness or thoroughness, it only shows frightened paralysis looking down the barrel of a long 17-game season.

It’s time to pick one.

HORSE TRACKS

‘He reminds me of me’: Champ Bailey, Aqib Talib recognize immense potential for Pat Surtain II, Denver defense
“One thing I kept seeing was the feedback on his pick-six,” Bailey said, “and it just took me back to my first preseason game, because I had a pick-six the same way, same sideline."

Broncos coach Vic Fangio describes potential role for Ohio State DE Jonathon Cooper
Cooper has been one of Denver's best players this preseason.

Teddy Bridgewater vs. Drew Lock: A favorite emerges for Denver Broncos' starting QB
Teddy Bridgewater has made a compelling argument to be the Denver Broncos' starting QB, but is it enough to overtake Drew Lock?

Vic Fangio still isn't ready to pick between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater - ProFootballTalk

Devontae Booker Runs In Touchdown For Giants In Preseason Game - KSL Sports
Former Utah Utes and current New York Giants running back Devontae Booker ran in a touchdown in their preseason game against the Browns.

2021 NFL preseason, Week 2: What we learned from Sunday's doubleheader
NFL.com breaks down what you need to know from Week 2 of the 2021 NFL preseason.

Colts' Carson Wentz to return to practice for the first time since undergoing foot surgery - CBSSports.com
The former Pro Bowl quarterback will practice on a limited basis this week

Ravens' L.J. Fort suffers torn ACL, linebacker will undergo surgery, per report - CBSSports.com
Fort sustained the injury during Baltimore's second preseason game

Bengals rookie Joseph Ossai set to undergo possible season-ending knee surgery, per report - CBSSports.com
Ossai's promising rookie season has come to an abrupt end

Jalen Hurts returns to practice Sunday after stomach illness - ProFootballTalk

John Ursua tore his anterior cruciate ligament - ProFootballTalk

Tom Brady hopes 2021 will be his "best year" - ProFootballTalk

Jimmy Garoppolo "not too worried about" quarterback competition - ProFootballTalk

Adam Thielen emerges from Week Two of the preseason with a thigh bruise - ProFootballTalk

Justin Fields: It's disrespectful for fans to chant my name when Andy Dalton is playing - ProFootballTalk

FMIA: Nineteen Minutes With Tom Brady at Bucs Camp - Peter King, NBC Sports
Peter King's Football Morning In America column begins with 19 minutes with Tom Brady at Bucs camp; also stops with Saints, Vikings, Jags and more.

New York Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson tosses two TDs in near-perfect showing
New York Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson finished with a 154.7 passer rating and tossed two touchdowns against the Packers on Saturday.

Cincinnati Bengals not 'down' on Ja'Marr Chase despite rookie WR's preseason struggles
Ja'Marr Chase has struggled of late this preseason, but the Bengals remain optimistic that the rookie receiver will have a productive role this season.

Green Bay Packers OLB Za'Darius Smith 'could potentially' miss Week 1 with back injury, says Matt LaFleur
There is growing concern that Packers Pro Bowl outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith, who is dealing with a back injury, won't be ready when Green Bay opens the season in three weeks.

Atlanta Falcons lose backup QB AJ McCarron to torn ACL
Falcons backup quarterback AJ McCarron suffered a torn ACL in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins and will miss the 2021 season.

San Francisco 49ers' Trey Lance recovers from slow start to second preseason game, leads 2 TD drives on final 3 series
Trey Lance's second preseason game went a lot like his first one -- in reverse. After struggling to find a rhythm early against the Chargers on Sunday, the 49ers rookie QB recovered to finish 8-of-14 for 102 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.

Mitch Trubisky on Chicago return: ‘I just wanted to play well’
The Bears' 2017 first-round selection, Mitchell Trubisky, picked apart his previous team to lift the Bills past the Bears, 41-15, with a 221-yard, one-touchdown effort in which he piloted four consecutive touchdown drives to begin the day.

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel says he's positive for COVID-19
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel told reporters Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19.