The New England Patriots will probably be affected by the new NFLPA advisory, and things may change a different turn.
Pretty much everyone is trying to make the 2020 NFL season happen. The NFL Players Association is advising players to avoid working out with their teammates.
Dr. Thom Mayer talked about this. He said that the NFL is trying to work on proper safety protocol and they are advising players not to take part in private workouts with their teammates.
“Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts,” Mayer said in the statement. “Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months.”
This is more than excused. At least ten teams confirmed that at least one player on their roster had the virus. This restriction affects every team in the league. It definitely handicaps the Patriots.
The Patriots will have to cope with the new NFLPA advisory
Second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham will replace quarterback Tom Brady. Head coach Bill Belichick will use the second-year quarterback under center. Stidham has already been working with his teammates, including veteran wideout Julian Edelman.
We believe this was player-organized throw-and-catch session. This offseason workout is more than necessary for receivers to develop a strong relationship with their quarterbacks.
Edelman had an excellent relationship with Brady. Stidham doesn’t have the same experience as Brady and he definitely doesn’t have chemistry with Edelman. Offseason workouts are important and Edelman can’t miss that time. The same applies to Stidham.
N’Keal Harry, Isiah Zuber, Jeff Thomas and Will Hastings will need to develop their relationships too.
Harry is about to have one of the best seasons and he will have to meet Belichick’s criteria. That’s why the team selected him in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Harry’s rookie campaign wasn’t really strong. He will really need some extra time with his teammates.
Every player needs to work out with his teammates. How will the Patriots accept this new guideline?