Across the country, people are (or should be) keeping their circles small and social distancing as much as possible right now. One of those groups out west right now features three prominent young NFL quarterbacks: Josh Allen, Kyle Allen, and Sam Darnold.
All three quarterbacks have been spending their offseasons in Southern California. The two Allens (unrelated) rented a house together. Darnold happens to be staying down the road. The three have been putting in offseason work with renowned trainer and former NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer since after the Super Bowl.
Of course, over the last few weeks, a lot has changed here in the United States. Cross-country travel is strongly discouraged, and in California, residents have been asked to shelter in place. That means the three quarterbacks are hunkering down, working out, and probably not seeing many people besides each other, Palmer, and their girlfriends.
For Kyle Allen, his life has undergone even more changes than the others. The young QB, who started a number of games for the Carolina Panthers this season, was traded to the Washington Redskins earlier this week. He obviously doesn’t have a place to stay in the Washington area, so he needs to figure things out in Orange County for the time being.
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What makes things even more interesting: the lease on the Allen house expires next week, he doesn’t really have options in Carolina or Washington, and his mother in Arizona is in full quarantine right now.
That means he may have to couch surf at Sam Darnold’s in a bit and keep the quarterback crew going until things start to die down. From Sports Illustrated:
The plan, before all this, had been to go to Charlotte next week when the lease on the Orange County house he’s renting with Josh Allen expires. That, obviously, is out the window now. He thought about going home to Arizona instead, but that doesn’t work either. Someone at his mom’s work got COVID-19, so she’s in a 14-day quarantine now, and going there would mean entering a new quarantine.
For now, he’ll stay in the seven-person quarantine he’s in. He, Josh Allen and their girlfriends are in the one house; Darnold’s in a house he just bought 15 minutes away; and Darnold’s USC teammate Matt Lopes (who’s now working in the Trojans’ football program) is working with the group too, as is Palmer.
“This is really how we lived anyway,” Allen said. “It’s just 24/7 now. It’s an interesting time. You talk to some people, and they’ll say the football part of it is similar to the lockout year, we might have nothing until camp. And maybe we’ll look around the league in August, and there’ll be some teams that took advantage of the time, and some teams that didn’t. That’s the most interesting part.
There are definitely worse situations, and it sounds like they have a chance to continue to work on their craft and get ready for camp, whenever that comes around.