The NFL offseason has been dramatically affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, but things could be getting back to normal very soon.
According to Yahoo reporter Charles Robinson, NFL head coach could be permitted to enter team facilities as soon as next week. In addition, NFL minicamps could also return sometime in June.
With state governments eyeing an entry point for NFL franchises to resume offseason activities, sources tell Yahoo Sports that head coaches could return to team facilities as early as next week — with players potentially following in full-squad minicamps in mid to late June.
The sources told Yahoo Sports that if coaches resume their in-house work next week, minicamps including players could be scheduled as early as June 15 or as late as June 27, depending on COVID-19 data and whether a handful of franchises get a “go ahead” signal from state governments to resume full operations.
Currently, teams are allowed to conduct a virtual minicamp, though it’s nowhere close to the same thing as actual minicamp practices on a football field. But because of COVID-19, the NFL was planning to scrap all in-person offseason workouts until training camp.
Now that the virus is starting to slow down while states slowly open everything back up, it looks like we could get back to a normal NFL offseason within the next month.
That’s good news for teams like the Bengals who are undergoing major offseason overhauls. Getting No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow as many reps as possible before real football begins is crucial to the 2020 Bengals.
Of course, the primary goal for everyone should be to stay healthy and prevent the virus from having another major outbreak, so hopefully the NFL is able to accomplish this while getting things back on schedule.