Last year, all of the NFL’s on-field organized team activities (OTAs) were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That probably didn’t help the development of quarterback Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos’ young offense as a whole.
This spring, Lock and Co. are expected to get in some on-field sessions.
The league has already cleared the Broncos to begin Phase 1 of OTAs on April 19, but that’s limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation. In the coming weeks, the NFL is expected to announce plans for spring practices, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
“While negotiations are ongoing between the NFL and NFLPA regarding this offseason, the expectation is that there will be some on-field work – passing camps and OTAs – this spring, sources say,” Rapoport tweeted Wednesday. “Health and safety protocols will be paramount, but the plan is for some in-person work.”
In a typical offseason, Denver usually holds OTAs in May, mandatory minicamp in June and training camp in July with preseason games beginning in August. The preseason schedule should be announced in the coming weeks.