NFL fans got their first real taste of young quarterbacks in the last few days thanks to the preseason returning for the first time since 2019.

While rookies and second-year players who didn’t see action last year got the bulk of the attention, broadcaster’s like ESPN’s Steve Levy weighed in on how the players looked through the first part of preseason action. Levy was a guest on WJOX’s “McElroy and Cubelic In the Morning” out of Birmingham, Alabama.

“It’s impressive, I think these guys are being brought up the right way,” Levy said. “Maybe the coaching has improved at the college ranks. Obviously last year was a lost year. I think we all joke about preseason football, but I think we all missed it, or at least I know I did. Obviously players missed it as well, you saw it at the start of last year’s regular season. No OTAs, no real training camp, no contact, no camaraderie with teammates and all that.”

Levy then touched on former Missouri QB Drew Lock, who is in a heated position battle himself, and was 5-for-7 passing for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Broncos’ 33-6 win over the Vikings, including an 80-yard scoring strike.

“Maybe the most interesting game was that Broncos, they’ve got a legitimate quarterback situation with Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock,” Levy said. “Sounds silly to say, but if you remove the quarterback from the equation, which you can’t do, the Broncos have an unbelievably talented roster. So if they could figure out the quarterback, or if one guy could emerge, I think they could be really good.”