There’s still a lot to figure out, but the Eagles rookies and first-year players reported for training camp on Tuesday, but are first undergoing COVID testing before they’ll be able to get to work on the field.
What would training camp be like under the NFL’s latest ramp-up proposal?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 21, 2020
— Testing & physicals for 5-6 days
— Strength & conditioning plus walk-throughs thru Day 12.
— Off Day 13
— Ramp up with helmets through Day 18
— Off Day 19
— On the 20th day, the pads go on.
This ramp up process will also have to be done for the rest of players, who aren’t due to report for camp until July 28 — with quarterbacks and injured veterans expected to return on Thursday, July 23. These safety precautions and delays lend to the NFL’s recent offer to eliminate the preseason altogether.
The Eagles had previously set forth a whole bunch of precautions and plans for making training camp as safe for players and staff as possible, including a mandatory quarantine for coaches and staff and using The Linc for more spacious meetings.
It might look a lot different, but we are a little bit closer to football than we’ve been since March.