The 2020 NFL regular season won’t begin until September — assuming it doesn’t get postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic — but preparation for the Philadelphia Eagles’ quest to get back to the Super Bowl begins now. The Eagles are officially kicking off their voluntary offseason workout program today on Monday, April 27.
Of course, due to COVID-19, this workout program is going to be virtual. Eagles players obviously won’t be reporting back to the NovaCare Complex like they usually would as we all continue to practice social distancing in these quarantine times.
Phase One of the offseason workout program each year is limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. I imagine most players have already been working out on their own but now I suppose there will be more of a team guidance element.
Normally, the offseason workout program kicks off about a month before OTA practices begin in late May. Those sessions then roll into a three-day mandatory minicamp in mid-June. Then the NFL shuts down until training camp begins in late July/early August.
Given the uncertain and unprecedented times we live in, it seems unlikely we’ll see OTAs take place this year. Hopefully things can get back to normal in time for training camp in the summer, but who knows?
In the meantime, the Eagles will be preparing for the upcoming season to the best of their ability given the restrictions in place.