Through actions, if not the head coach’s words, Drew Lock has been promoted to No. 2 quarterback.
And another Broncos’ rookie, Brett Rypien, is the new No. 3 QB.
Kevin Hogan, the veteran who had been No. 2 through the entire offseason and first three weeks of training camp, is now the scout team quarterback.
At least that’s how the team reps were divvied up Sunday as the Broncos returned to practice following their preseason game Thursday at Seattle.
Is that how we should say it, coach Vic Fangio?
“I’m not,’’ Fangio said. “You can, but I’m not.”
For clarity, Joe Flacco still took all the snaps with the first-team offense. He also had arguably his most effective practice to date as his deep and intermediate passing sliced up the Broncos’ No. 2 defense.
But even if there was no official depth chart shakeup pronouncement from Fangio, Lock took every snap with the second-team offense. And he was followed by Rypien.
It’s possible Hogan is still the No. 2 quarterback but relegated to a holding pattern. But it’s also apparent the team is giving Lock and Rypien every opportunity to make enough plays to beat Hogan out.