Football is back on TV as the new season of HBO's Hard Knocks premiered Tuesday evening. It's the first time in the documentary's 15 seasons that the show will follow two teams, the Los Angles Chargers and Los Angles Rams. In case you missed it, here are some highlights from episode one.
Anthony Lynn tested positive
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn revealed in the opening scene that he had tested positive for coronavirus earlier this year. Lynn is the third known NFL head coach to have contracted the virus, joining New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Peyton and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.
Justin Herbert shines
The Chargers first-round draft pick was the star player of episode one showing off his arm skills. He nailed almost every one of his targets during accuracy drills. The episode didn't show too much of any player, but the former University of Oregon signal-caller stole the show in small amount of camera time he had
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Rams head coach Sean McVay
Sean McVay's introduction to the show had fans jealous of the panoramic views from his home in Los Angeles. McVay's jokes were also a highlight of the episode.
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COVID-19 precautions and safety
Training camp is off-limits to fans in order to decrease potential exposure of the virus for players and staff. With that in mind, Hard Knocks is fans and media members first look at what an NFL training camp in 2020 looks like. From the frequent testing to the outdoor facilities that both the Rams and Chargers have invested in, it's a different type of training camp. It's also a different type of Hard Knocks, but because of our desire for anything football-related, it has the potential to be one of the best seasons yet.
It will be tough to top the excitement of episode one but with two teams in action, there's no shortage of storylines. Episode two airs on HBO next Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.
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