Giants players say they will not attend 2021 voluntary in-person offseason workouts

Alex Smith
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Giants huddle including Daniel Jones and Andrew Thomas
Giants huddle including Daniel Jones and Andrew Thomas

Giants players released a statement via the NFL Players Association on Thursday regarding the team’s stance on holding in-person voluntary offseason workouts amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our team is a strong, unified brotherhood of professionals who love the game of football and work year-round to perfect our craft,” the statement begins. “We also have to make the best decisions to protect our health and safety, which is why players on our team are exercising our CBA right to not attend in-person voluntary workouts.

“We stand in solidarity with players across the league who are making informed decisions with the help of our union, both in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and what the data shows about the benefits to our overall health and safety.”

The Giants are the eighth team to release a statement along these lines in the past week, after NFLPA president and Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter said the union would encourage players to boycott voluntary in-person workouts in favor of virtual workouts.

The NFL recently sent a memo to all clubs outlining COVID-19 vaccination protocols, but with the the health and safety of all players still top of mind, the NFLPA wants all offseason workout programs to be virtual again this season, as they were last year.