The Green Bay Packers are cautiously starting to open up their facilities, for the time being. The team has gone through an entire offseason of virtual instruction, along with the rest of the NFL, but the opening of the Pro Shop and the team facilities to the coaches is the first step in a gradual approach towards holding training camp.
Perhaps the toughest job in this virtual environment belongs to quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy. Not only does Getsy need to work with a two-time MVP and 15-year veteran in Aaron Rodgers, but he also is working with a pair of rookie signal-callers, including first-round pick Jordan Love. With no ability to reinforce the classroom concepts with on-field practice, Getsy’s approach will be crucial to determining if the Packers will feel comfortable with Love taking over the backup job from Tim Boyle or if the veteran holds on to the job for another year.
However, around the NFL the news is less than inspiring, as a group of players have tested positive for COVID-19. While these individuals play for other teams, it is a reminder to NFL teams and fans that football should hardly be a certainty for this fall.
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys RB, tests positive for coronavirus | USA Today
At least six Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans players have tested positive, according to Ian Rapoport, including Elliott. It is informative here that Elliott joined "dozens" of people including Dak Prescott for a birthday party in early April, at the height of the COVID-19 lockdown period.
Virtual offseason has been invaluable for Packers’ QB room | Packers.com
The latest member of the coaching staff to weigh in on this offseason is QBs coach Luke Getsy, who had to pick up quickly on the new technology and methodology for working with and testing his players. The unusual offseason could put Jordan Love behind in his early development and give Tim Boyle the edge for the backup job in 2020.
No sign of Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith on PFF’s top edge duos list | Packers Wire
The Smiths combined for more pressures than any other duo in the NFL last season and were third among the EDGE pairs in sacks, a half-sack behind the Steelers' pair and 2.5 behind a pair from Tampa Bay. So why are they nowhere to be found on this list?
Roger Goodell and players have spoken. Now, an action plan for what comes next – The Athletic
Following recent comments by the commissioner and many players, this plan calls on the NFL's individual owners to get more involved in planning out the next steps and supporting their players' efforts to spur change in society.
In murder-for-hire case, ex-Baton Rouge auto dealer says he wants to represent himself | theadvocate.com
Just a reminder: representing yourself in court is almost never a good idea. This guy apparently wants his former lawyers to pay him nearly a billion dollars in damages, largely due to his potential exposure to coronavirus while in jail awaiting trial.