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Lock blames only himself for recent struggles

Broncos QB said there were some third down incompletions where he "missed a couple of baby throws that I made in Pop Warner."
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Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) looks on against the Kansas City Chiefs during a football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Denver.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Drew Lock is still but a neophyte as an NFL quarterback, but he is mature enough to recognize where his shortcomings have been and who is to blame.

No one but himself.

On third down, for instance. Lock has completed just 34.5 percent of his throws, and compiled a desultory 26.4 passer rating on the “money down” this year.

On second down, he’s completed an impressive 74.3 percent of his passes and posted a 99.7 rating. But third down?

“Third down is category in itself in practice,’’ Lock said Wednesday in his weekly starting quarterback Zoom media conference. “It can spring countless number of things and certain sections of third downs, as you well know.’’

He was particularly upset at some of his third-and-2 to third-and-6 throws Sunday in a 43-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs – only the ninth start of Lock’s NFL career. He has connected on just 1 of 9 passes in that range of third down throws this season.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock runs en route to scoring a touchdown as Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon defends during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

“I missed a couple of baby throws, those that I made in Pop Warner, and that’s unacceptable by me,’’ he said. “I’m working on that not happening again and just sharpening the focus a little bit there on those third downs.”

Lock, who ranks last among NFL quarterbacks in completion percentage (55.9) and passer rating (63.3) also isn’t blaming the game plan or plays calls made by first-year offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

“He wants what I’m comfortable with and I get a selection of what goes in each week, per the defense we’re playing, but we talk about it,’’ Lock said. “We talk about it every single day in our room and I personally think he’s doing a great job.

“I could have done a lot better of a job on Sunday—complete easy passes, work through my progressions better, trust our O-line a little more, and that’s fully my plan this week. I’m excited to go do that.”

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Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)