Broncos' Flacco: It's not my job to groom Lock

Mon May 13 7:55pm ET
By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Pro Football Writer

Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco takes part in drills during an NFL football organized training activity session at the team's headquarters Monday, May 13, 2019, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco, left, jokes with wide receiver River Cracraft as they take part in drills during an NFL football organized training activity session at the team's headquarters Monday, May 13, 2019, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco takes part in drills during an NFL football organized training activity session at the team's headquarters Monday, May 13, 2019, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco takes part in drills during an NFL football organized training activity session at the team's headquarters Monday, May 13, 2019, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Joe Flacco says his job description doesn't include grooming his successor, so he suggests rookie Drew Lock sit back and watch him work and ask plenty of questions - of offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello.

''Listen, I have so many things to worry about. I'm trying to go out there and play good football. I'm trying to go out there and play the best football of my life,'' Flacco said after the Broncos' first day of organized team activities Monday, when he faced Denver's defense for the first time since his acquisition from Baltimore.

''As far as a time constraint and all of that stuff, I'm not worried about developing guys or any of that,'' Flacco said. ''That is what it is. I hope he does it well. I don't look at that as my job. My job is to go win football games for this football team.''

Coach Vic Fangio concurred, saying the onus is on the rookie.

''That's on Drew to soak in and learn. Joe's learning a new system himself,'' Fangio said.

Flacco said before the draft that he didn't want the Broncos to select a quarterback unless he was the unquestioned starter, and general manager John Elway made it clear that was the case when he took Lock with the 42nd overall pick in the second round.

Asked Monday what he thought of that selection, Flacco said, ''Listen, I've told you guys how I felt about it. There really isn't much more that needs to be said. I told you that it's not really in my control.''

Pressed if Lock's presence served as any sort of motivator, Flacco said, ''I think I've talked about that before, too. That is probably along the lines of him being drafted, it's one of those things. There is definitely little things that motivate you every year. At the same time, I have plenty of other things that have kept me motivated throughout my career and will continue to keep me motivated this year. That won't be the single or the biggest thing.''

Flacco, who lost his starting job in Baltimore to first-round pick Lamar Jackson after getting hurt last season, said Lock needs to watch him do his thing and pepper Scangarello with any questions.

''I'm not a selfish person, I don't think,'' Flacco said. ''There are times where you have to be selfish. But listen, Rich does such a good job in those meeting rooms. Drew is going to learn from listening to him talk and then us getting the reps on the field and seeing how we all do it as a collective group of quarterbacks. ... I hope he does learn from me because that means we're out there lighting it up.''

Elway did grant Flacco his wish by selecting Iowa tight end Noah Fant in the first round and Kansas State offensive lineman Dalton Risner in the second round before moving up to draft Lock.

Flacco's success in Denver will largely depend on his O-line keeping him upright so that he can hit his tight ends and receivers downfield like he used to do in Baltimore.

On Monday, his linemen - minus right tackle Ja'Wuan James (excused) - were tested by Denver's dominant pass rushers.

''We're going to get tested every single day out there,'' Flacco said. ''We have a couple of guys on the edge that obviously can play football.''

The defense was once again missing star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. , who's been working out in Dallas while awaiting a new contract, a situation that grew dicey with Xavien Howard's resetting the market with a five-year, $76.5 million deal last week.

''When you first get here they tell you ... if you do all of the right things in the community and you do all of the right things on the football field, they'll take care of you,'' Von Miller said. ''Chris has definitely done everything and then some. Whether it's in the community with his foundation or on the football field. He's always on the No. 1 receiver, he's a top DB in the league. You want to take care of guys like that.

''But it's not all simple. It's not all as simple as it seems. I understand that. I've been through that before. Guys like Chris Harris who have done it all, really hit all of the check marks and all of the boxes, you want to take care of guys like. He deserves it 100 percent.''

Player Notes
Ezekiel Elliott Jul 15 5:50pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: This has been the assumption among fantasy owners since Arizona hired Kliff Kingsbury, but it always helps to get it confirmed from a scribe that covers the team like Urban does. Johnson's goal of a 1,000/1,000 season may be a bit too much to ask, but this figures to be the 27-year-old's best shot of hitting those marks since his incredible 2016 campaign. He's well worth a pick in the top half of the first round of most fantasy drafts.

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Grady Jarrett Jul 15 3:03pm ET

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Ezekiel Elliott Jul 15 2:23pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Elliott still has two years left on his rookie contract, so this is a bit different than Melvin Gordon's situation. Unlike most of the running backs in the NFL in today's game, the two-time Pro Bowler has slightly more leverage here due to the lack of depth Dallas has at the position and how important he is to the Cowboys' offense. It's unlikely he'll hold out into the regular season though. However, if he does, rookies Mike Weber and Tony Pollard would likely split touches.

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Fantasy Spin: Gould is a back-end PK1 that could have some upside if Jimmy Garoppolo continues to progress the way he was before the knee injury.

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Grady Jarrett Jul 15 8:23am ET

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Fantasy Spin: McCaffrey will remain a first-round fantasy selection who will be the bellcow in Charlotte, but a little more rest, particularly late in games with the outcome already decided would not be a bad thing for C-Mac's long-term health. Fantasy owners shouldn't be terribly concerned.

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