A former quarterback coached by Josh Heupel is generating heavy NFL starting buzz.

A former quarterback coached by Josh Heupel is garnering attention for potentially competing for an NFL starting position this summer. NFL Network insider Daniel Jeremiah recently expressed his belief that Drew Lock, formerly of the Missouri Tigers, has a strong chance to challenge Daniel Jones for the starting quarterback role with the New York Giants. Lock, originally a second-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2019, was signed by the Giants earlier this offseason.

During Lock’s time at Missouri from 2015 to 2018, Heupel served as his offensive coordinator in 2016 and 2017. Lock experienced his most successful season at Missouri in 2017. When Heupel transitioned to become the head coach of the Tennessee Vols in 2021, Lock was quick to acknowledge his former coach’s impact on his development both on and off the field. Lock credited Heupel’s football acumen for shaping him into the player he is today, emphasizing the enduring influence of Heupel’s teachings in the NFL.

The prospect of Lock assuming the starting role for the Giants aligns well with the team’s direction. Giants head coach Brian Daboll has shown appreciation for elements of Heupel’s innovative offensive scheme. Having coached former UCF wide receiver Gabe Davis during his tenure with the Buffalo Bills, Daboll facilitated the acquisition of Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt in the 2023 NFL Draft. This familiarity with players from Heupel’s system suggests Daboll’s comfort with integrating them into his offensive strategy.

Lock and Hyatt share similar offensive backgrounds from college, potentially forming a potent duo in New York, particularly given Daboll’s willingness to utilize Hyatt in roles reminiscent of his usage at Tennessee. Lock gained some NFL experience last season with two spot starts for the Seattle Seahawks, achieving a 1-1 record in those games.

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