Lock on lockdown in Lee's Summit as Denver builds around him

Posted at 9:28 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 12:38:44-04

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — A Broncos quarterback is in enemy territory, but this time, Kansas City will allow it.

After all, Drew Lock is Kansas City's Drew Lock - more specifically, Lee's Summit's Drew Lock.

The signal-caller won the Simone Award at Lee's Summit High School then went on to star at Missouri, setting the SEC record for most touchdown passes in a season.

Now, Lock's about to enter his second season in Denver as not only the team's starter at quarterback, but the piece the Broncos are building around.

"They saw something positive in the way I played those last games," said Lock, who went 4-1 as a starter in the month of December last season. His only loss was in Kansas City to the Chiefs.

Broncos general manager John Elway went right to work in supplying Lock with weapons during the NFL Draft, spending the team's first two picks on wide receivers: Jerry Jeudy from Alabama and KJ Hamler from Penn State.

The team also drafted one of Lock's old teammates in Columbia, taking tight end Albert Okwuegbunam in the fourth round.

"It means a lot to me to see that happen. It puts a little extra confidence on my back," Lock said. "At the same time, those expectations do rise when you have so many weapons around you."

So that means Lock is going to work as much as he can under the quarantine. And he's doing it in Lee's Summit.

"The nice thing about being in Lee's Summit is that I've known these people forever now," Lock said. "Being in Lee's Summit helped me out because people like to help out the hometown kid."

Lock has been working out by himself at a private gym and throwing in his backyard.

The NFL is still deciding what to do about teams' training camps, which are due to open in July.