The big guys up front on the New York Jets' offensive line got close while being far apart. ''To be honest with you, I don't know if it's the group of guys that (general manager) Joe Douglas brought together or the pandemic or what have you,'' center Connor McGovern said. ''Greg's going to be in with very high level humor, being an Ivy Leaguer,'' McGovern said with a smile before adding that guard Alex Lewis is also pretty funny.
From the antimicrobial mist the Denver Broncos strolled through on their way to the practice fields to the hand-held whistles for masked-up coaches, NFL training camps have a very different look and feel this year. The league is spending tens of millions of dollars on daily COVID-19 testing, and some of the protocols put in place to navigate the coronavirus crisis have cost some prospects whatever long shot they had at making a roster. Linebacker Cam Smith tested positive for the virus when he reported to the Minnesota Vikings headquarters, and head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman recommended he get an echocardiogram.
These past eight months are not how Pete Guerriero envisioned chasing his dream of playing in the NFL. The coronavirus pandemic made it difficult for the former Monmouth running back and Lyndhurst star to showcase his skills to pro teams after he declared for the draft in January. And when Guerriero went undrafted in April, the pandemic made opportunities almost nonexistent with NFL facilities shut down.