Devon Kennard is already in town, having grown up in Arizona, so his transition to life as a Cardinal will be about as smooth as possible.
But in Arizona or any other city, life is different, thanks to COVID-19. And this time of year, as players would be starting to ramp up their physical efforts in preparation for a return to their team's facility for offseason workouts, it's not nearly as easy as before. Social distancing is necessary. Gyms, and group workouts when players would normally be joined by other NFLers, are out of the equation.
"You have to adjust," Kennard said. "Luckily, I have an at-home gym to where I can get some work done and I have trainers I like to work with. My brother trains me a lot so I'll be able to work with him just us two in private settings. You make due with what you can. You do the best you can to protect yourself but I am also trying to prepare the best I can to have a big year this year. You figure it out. That's a fluid situation. You do the best you can with the parameters we are all living under right now."
It's one thing to go for an isolated run these days. But having a place with the weights and equipment is harder to find. Kennard has his home gym; I'm guessing a lot of the upper-level players have something at home. But the guys always fighting for a job might not have that, and others might just like the ability to go somewhere to work (or need the motivation to be around others).
Already, it is all but certain offseason work will not start on time -- if at all. It's the ultimate in discipline and ingenuity to make it all work right now for an NFL player to make sure the offseason is what it needs to be for each guy.