The pandemic is not over, but with vaccines, the NFL is hopeful life within the sport will move towards normalcy. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he believes stadiums will be full once the season arrives. And then Wednesday morning, the league sent out a memo to teams that indicated there will be at least some on-field work this offseason after everything was forced virtual in 2020.
The key phrase was "we do not anticipate a duplication of last season's virtual workout program."
Meetings will be virtual at first, with every team allowed to start April 19. But teams are going to ramp up their testing procedures, and eventually, those vaccinated will have far fewer restrictions on them compared to those who are not vaccinated (although the NFL is not mandating that players get vaccinated at this time.) Perhaps then there can be a green light for teams to do work on the field.
With as many new players as the Cardinals have, any offseason work on the field should help. It also wouldn't be a bad thing to get some others to test out where they are -- linebacker Isaiah Simmons, who figures to slide into the starting lineup, or cornerback Robert Alford, who hasn't done much football-related save for a few training camp practices last July over the last couple of years.