Report: Drew Lock has Returned to Denver From Missouri Exile

Chad Jensen

After at least two months of being holed up in his parents house in Kansas City, rumor has it that Drew Lock has returned to the Mile High City. The Denver Broncos' second-year starting quarterback has been sequestered in his home state during the coronavirus lockdown. 

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Being quarantined has prevented Lock from being able to organize the offseason throwing sessions with Broncos' receiving targets like Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and DaeSean Hamilton, as well as the pass-catchers procured via the 2020 draft like first-rounder Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Lock's college teammate Albert Okwuegbunam. 

While the Broncos are beginning the process of returning to their facilities at UC Health Training Center this week, the players and coaches won't be able to return until June at the soonest. Brittany Bowlen is heading up a task force of sorts to make safe the Broncos' facilities this week, which will be followed by GM John Elway and the team's football executives and personnel department returning next week. 

Until all NFL teams can allow players and coaches to return to facilities, no players and coaches will be allowed on-premises. After all, while the state of Colorado has made it legal for the Broncos to return to work, in states racked by the coronavirus, like New York, teams are still precluded, like all 'non-essential' businesses, from getting back to work. 

So, until all NFL teams get the greenlight to return to their respective facilities, for 'competitive balance' reasons, no teams will be allowed to send coaches and players back. What does that mean for Lock and company? 

If Lock is indeed back in Denver, there's nothing to preclude him from gathering any and all receivers for a throwing session out of doors somewhere, so long as the team okays it. The team wouldn't necessarily have to mandate a throwing session but Lock is smart enough to seek out prior approval before organizing something willy-nilly. 

Lock's return is a hopeful harbinger that things are beginning to return to at least a modicum of normalcy. NFL teams are allowing executives and employees to open up facilities starting on Tuesday of this week (although, again, that doesn't include coaches and players) and the Broncos have stuck to their plan of kicking off training camp on July 28 or 29. 

The Broncos might have to get by with Phase 1, 2 and 3 of OTAs being virtual. But in the meantime, perhaps Lock can get something cooking unofficially. 

Don't be surprised to see your favorite Broncos in street clothes running routes as you drive by your favorite park in the greater Denver area. 

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Comments (17)
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Erick   Trickel
Erick Trickel

Editor

I guess it is a good thing he is back in Denver for if/when they are allowed to go back to the facility. At least the virtual aspect can be done from anywhere.

xecutioner
xecutioner

A case of politicians listing to doctors on big pharmaceuticals payroll telling everyone that they know it all 🙈. What NFL quarterback needs to stand closer than 6 ft to his receiver, Paxton Lynch 😂.

BeGoodBroncos
BeGoodBroncos

so can executives and employees go to the facility in ny ? or is that not considered a "competitive" advantage ?

So ny can hold up the whole league ? That seems messed up to put it politely. Maybe those ny boys need a spring training type place or something. Well definitely or something lol

Homer2020
Homer2020

Welcome back to Denver Drew. With you all the way! Thank you!

Studlee14
Studlee14

I dont understand why NFL teams cant just get all of their players and staff tested, rent out an entire hotel, and just quarantine themselves at their own facilities. Even in cities like NY if they have all been tested and they are negative I dont see why they cant let them go back.

Luke  Patterson
Luke Patterson

Pumped to see Lock is back in the Mile High City!!! Although this isn't necessarily earth-shattering news, it's significant for Lock. After consulting with various coaches and players including Peyton Manning, every aspect of Lock's off-season plan is deliberate. He's back in Denver for a reason...It's time to get to work! Could only imagine how annoying it must've been for the Lock family to be surrounded in championship KC red. Welcome back Drew Lock!

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

Good to get wheels on the bonding with his receivers and get in a groove. Lock has shown considerable maturity handling a difficult off season so far with the virus.

Denverkewl
Denverkewl

If Brady and Big Ben are already throwing to receivers.....he should too or he'll wish he had.

Jimrichard
Jimrichard

Would be interesting to see a game of touch football while maintaining 6' social distancing lol.

Thomas Hall
Thomas Hall

It is nice to see a quarterback who has been putting in as much work as possible this off-season. Lock has potential and with his work ethic that he has shown so far, he can realize that potential.

toddx7
toddx7

It would probably be a good idea for Lock to get the WRs together and throw the ball
around on a voluntary basis. Obviously, Manning used to do that and it did seem to
help.


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