At least in one sense, it has been an ideal off-season for Drew Block.
Broncos GM John Elway declared the second-year passer his established title. Then he went out and added old hands and quick feet in the kind of offensive quarterbacks who can only normally dream.
Elway's two largest free agent acquisitions were against Melvin Gordon and guard Graham Glasgow.
The Broncos selected a trio of receivers in the NFL draft for the first time in two decades, including burners Jerry Jeudy in the first round and KJ Hamler in the second. This marked the first time in the franchise's history that they used their first selection on wide receivers.
Elway also summoned O-linemen Lloyd Cushenberry and Netane Muti and Albert Okwuegbunam, Lock's favorite target at the University of Missouri.
All of this firepower raises expectations that the Broncos will end a four-year drought in the playoffs. And that leads Lock to play even better than at his December 4-1 hearing, after spending most of his debut season with a thumb injury.
Lock certainly sees the reform – which is being overseen by new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur – as an endorsement and an incentive.
"I think the moves end up saying that they saw something positive in the way I played those last few games, potentially being a guy who can stay here for a long time and help the Broncos win as many games as possible," said Lock. "It means a lot to me to see this happen."
One thing Lock knows is that all that firepower doesn't guarantee anything, especially in the west of AFC, where the Super Bowl champions, Chiefs, reside.
"Nothing is right at the moment, in terms of wins and losses, just because of all the guys we chose," said Lock. "We have a lot of hard work to put together."
For the time being, bonding and learning take place through video conferencing.
Lock still hopes he will be able to meet with his receivers sometime this season for a personal camp like Peyton Manning used to do.
"Yes, of course – when it is socially acceptable to do this and have everyone's best interests (in mind) when it comes to health," said Lock. "I'll keep that in mind first. But once it's done … I have them all in one text. So whenever the pros say it's okay, whether it's the NFL or the CDC, let's get them ready and let's go come, download that chemistry and get things going. ”
Nobody knows when that will happen.
The NFL is launching its 2020 schedule on Thursday and, while subject to change, it is also the last sign that the league hopes to continue business as usual, even if other professional leagues stop playing because of the coronavirus .
Locks' videoconference was followed by Kareem Jackson, who said he did not like playing in empty stadiums or getting dressed before there was a vaccine or cure for COVID-19, the coronavirus disease that has killed more than 70,000 lives in the United States United.
"I don't think it makes sense for us to play any games unless it's 100% safe to go there," said Jackson. "If there is any threat that we can hire COVID and spread it to our families or anyone else around, it just doesn't make sense.
“I think I heard something about us playing and no fans, and that would be like practice. So, in my opinion, that (stank). But just talking to a few guys doesn't make sense to play any games, unless it's 100% safe for us to go there. "
Lock hesitated when asked for his opinion.
"I will definitely postpone this for professionals, for doctors," he said. "I am not an expert … so I will let them decide that and whenever they decide that it's okay for us to play, I'm ready to play."
Block He said he followed the decrees for shelter on the spot and social distance, raising and playing exclusively with his personal trainer, a longtime friend who agreed not to work with other clients at the moment.
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