Make it to training camp
This second, training camp is expected to start on July 28 with rookies reporting a week earlier. This will be the first time players and coaches will have face-to-face meetings. A virtual offseason has been difficult, but Stefanski assured fans last week they have been extremely productive for installing new offensive and defensive systems.
Why is it so important to make it to training camp? With a return of COVID-19 cases, the return of sports is starting to be questioned more and more. The NBA and MLB will both be in action in early July and it remains to be seen if the season will make it through take off. Multiple NBA players have already come out saying they aren’t going to play the remaining season in Orlando, FL.
All MLB teams are being tested on July 1, as their training camp opens, and the expectation is there will be five percent of players who test positive. What percentage of cases will it take to shut the league down? That is the million-dollar question every fan wants to know.
There is a fine line of being selfish (wanting the season) and caring about player safety. But man…can you imagine a year without an NBA, MLB, NFL, or a NCAAF champion? Fall is the best time of the year with football on nearly every single day.
IF the NFL can get to training camp, it feels like there is a good chance of the season happening with the possibility of a shortened preseason. However, if a run of positive tests would happen in the MLB or NBA, the NFL may pull the plug and suspend the season until further notice. While there may still be a chance of a spring season, the fall would feel extremely empty for football fans.