National Football League teams could reportedly begin minicamps sooner than later.
In addition, NFL head coaches could also return to team facilities prior to the startup of said minicamps, according to Yahoo Sports. June 15 is the earliest that camps could begin this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while June 27 is another date listed as a possible restart.
However, Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter took to social media to voice his opinion on the reports. Tretter stated that there is no official reopening plan for NFL teams as of now. NFL facilities have been shut down since March with no official date given for reopening.
Players: our union has not agreed to any reopening plan. Any reports about coming back to work are hypothetical. You will hear from the NFLPA when there are new developments.
— JC Tretter (@JCTretter) May 26, 2020
Locally, the news comes after New Jersey governor Phil Murphy allowed professional sports teams in the state access to team facilities and training grounds. For both the Giants and Jets, they can return to training facilities if they wish, but the Eagles still have to wait for the thumbs up from Mayor Tom Wolf. In the NBA, the Sixers are able to take advantage of this since their practice facility is in Camden.
As for the Eagles, they’re looking to get back to the Novacare Complex immediately to begin training for the 2020 NFL season. With plenty of fresh faces being acquired this off-season including Darius Slay, Marquise Goodwin, and Javon Hargrave, Doug Pederson’s team will seek a strong start to preseason camp.
The Eagles are looking to defend their NFC East crown in what is shaping up to be one unprecedented season ahead.