Head Coach Vic Fangio can't control how long the virtual voluntary offseason program lasts, but the way things are going, he says the Broncos don't expect to hit the field together for a while.
"Right now, we won't be on the field until training camp," Fangio said Tuesday. "If that changes between now and then, then we will adjust."
As the NFL continues its gradual process of reopening facilities amid the novel coronavirus epidemic, the next step may be to bring coaches back to their respective offices.
"It doesn't change anything as far as our relations with the players because they still won't be allowed in up to that point," Fangio said. "We will continue to meet with them and communicate with them the way we have been in the last couple months. It would serve a good purpose for us as coaches to get back in there to where we can meet together, to where we can get used to the new protocols that all the buildings are going to have moving forward as it relates to the virus and the control of it. There would be a lot of good that could come of it when that does happen. Hopefully it will happen for us soon, but I really don't know if and when that will happen."
In the meantime, the Broncos continue their virtual work. Making the most of this time might be vital for the Broncos' young starting quarterback, Drew Lock, but Fangio says Lock is doing well.
"I think he's done a great job learning the new offense," Fangio said. "He's done a great job with [Offensive Coordinator] Pat [Shurmur] and [Quarterbacks Coach] Mike Shula and dealing with them on a daily basis with the Zoom meetings. I know he's leading workouts with the players locally here where some of them get together and try and run the routes and the new concepts we're teaching. He's ready to go. He's chomping at the bit and all is good on that front right now."
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On Tuesday, the Broncos opted not to hold their normal football meetings as President and CEO Joe Ellis spoke to the team about the outrage and concern that has spread throughout the country following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Later that afternoon, Fangio and safety Kareem Jackson talked with media about their intentions going forward to make an impact on the community.
9NEWS' Mike Klis talked with two other players who took part in the meeting to hear their perspective as participants. "One thing I wanted to get across was, yes, it's a black-and-white issue. But once we get past the black-and-white issue, we have to realize it's really an issue of evil," Alexander Johnson told Klis.
Where's Diontae Spencer doing drills these days? In his mother's yard. In an interview with Troy Renck of The Denver Channel, Spencer discussed the offseason — including his thoughts on the Broncos' newest additions joining him at wide receiver. "Yes, they bring speed," Spencer said. "But I feel like they both bring something to the table we didn't have. They bring speed and route running. I just feel like those different elements add to all the pieces we have now. It's going to boost our offense."