Looks like we don’t see players on the field this spring
Update: Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News says that some players will report for phase two.
The NFL Players Association has released a statement on behalf of the players on the New York Giants that states that they will not attend their team’s offseason workouts in person.
You can read the full statement below:
“Our team is a strong, unified brotherhood of professionals who love the game of football and work year-round to perfect our craft. We also have to make the best decisions to protect our health and safety, which is why players on our team are exercising our CBA right to not attend in-person voluntary workouts. We stand in solidarity with players across our league who are making informed decisions with the help of our union, both in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and what the data shows about the benefits to our overall health and safety.”
It seems as though players from a bunch of teams are banning together to avoid in-person workouts this offseason after not having to attend last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from the Giants’ players, so far the players that have released statements are from the following teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.
Of course the pandemic is still ongoing, but there is rapid testing available as well as vaccinations that players and staff are able to get as well.
The NFL recently released an offseason schedule for players and is as follows:
- Phase 1: April 19-May 14 will be conducted all virtually
- Phase 2: May 17-21 will have virtual meetings with on the field work with coaches that is non-contact. Right now it looks like the players will skip the on the field work.
- Phase 3: This is the typical offseason in–person OTA’s with some virtual meetings. Once again players on the Giants will not participate in these.
Player can workout with one another outside of their team facility and of course we already know that New York quarterback Daniel Jones has been doing that with his fellow offensive players in Arizona.
The fact of the matter is that offseason workouts are voluntary. So if players don’t want to go they don’t have to.
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