Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater emphasizes better early-game efficiency: “We’re going to be greedy in starting fast”

Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s message following last week’s season-opening win over the New York Giants and ahead of this week’s trip to Jacksonville was succinct.

“We can’t blink,” he said before Wednesday’s practice.

Blink and the Jaguars could sneak up on the Broncos and the good feelings about being 1-0 will be erased.

“We talk about getting off to a good start; that has to be our mindset,” Bridgewater said.

Before scoring 24 straight points on their way a 27-13 win over the Giants, the Broncos semi-scuffled out of the gate.

First drive: The initial snap between Bridgewater and center Lloyd Cushenberry was clunky and running back Melvin Gordon lost a yard.

Second drive: The Broncos reached the Giants’ 11, but Bridgewater had a pass batted down and running back Javonte Williams lost two yards when left guard Dalton Risner missed his block, setting up a field goal.

Third drive: The Broncos drove to the Giants’ 10, but tight end Albert Okwuegbunam fumbled after a six-yard completion.

From then on, the Broncos went touchdown, touchdown, field goal and touchdown on their next four possessions.

“We’re going to be greedy in starting fast — start fast so the defense can have that energy and take the field with confidence,” Bridgewater said.

Another emphasis for the Broncos’ offense is more early-down efficiency so coach Vic Fangio doesn’t have to go for it on three fourth downs (all conversions).

“You come away with a victory but there is still so much room for improvement,” Bridgewater said.

According to Stats, Inc., the Broncos’ 7.41-yard average on first down was fourth-best in the NFL last week, but that number is skewed by Gordon’s 70-yard touchdown run.

The Broncos had 16 first-down plays that gained three or fewer yards, tied for seventh-most in the league.

It is much easier to nitpick after a win, but the Broncos feel plays were left on the field.

“Last week was really good for us to experience just knocking off all of the jitters,” Bridgewater said. “(This week) is another opportunity for us to continue to grow.”

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