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    2019 NFL Preview: Ranking the arsenals of the rookie quarterback class

    Some rookies take time to succeed. Others grow thanks to their weapons. Which rookies are set up for early success come 2019?

    Ranking the arsenals of the rookie quarterbacks Drew Lock Denver Broncis
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    2. Drew Lock, Denver Broncos

    Drew Lock was considered by many to be a more polished prospect than Jones due to his stronger arm. He was drafted in a perfect position to a team that could use his skills down the line. With the chance to learn under the elite wonder that is Joe Flacco, the Mizzou star could end up being the key piece to take the Denver Broncos back to the postseason down the line.

    Phillip Lindsay is just proof that drafting a running back day one means nothing. The undrafted Colorado runner finished ninth in rushing yards (1,037) and second among rookie running backs. As a pass catcher, Lindsay averaged 6.7 yards per reception and 75% catch percentage. Royce Freeman and DeVonte Booker combined for 704 rushing yards and six touchdowns during the 2018 campaign.

    Emmanuel Sanders might not be as promising as he was early in his career but is a reliable weapon for an offense. He finished with 868 yards while rookie Courtland Sutton was close behind (704). The SMU star has the size to be a promising replacement for Demaryius Thomas, but he’ll need to continue to improve with his catching. DaeSean Hamilton could be productive in year two from the slot as well.

    The Broncos offensive line should improve with the addition of Dalton Risner up the middle. Ja’Wuan James was overpaid, but he’s a serviceable right tackle after an above average season in Miami.

    Denver finished as the 19th ranked offense last season with Case Keenum under center. Flacco and Lock both should have the Broncos higher in 2019. While Lock won’t start the season, he could be taking over should the team struggle or if Flacco suffers an injury. Sure, he won’t be perfect, but other rookies are in worse situations. Denver has promise and Lock should prove his worth early.

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