Throughout the last several months, the NFL remains confident about playing the 2020 season without any setbacks. There have been some troubling signs that have come about over the previous few weeks. That created concerns from many players about playing out the upcoming campaign. Despite those lingering issues, Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt is quite encouraged about a specific aspect that has been positively impacted by the situation.
NFL moving toward 2020 season
In the weeks ahead of the 2020 season, there has been plenty of uncertainty stemming from the players.
That led to them voicing their concerns to the NFL regarding the lack of a coherent safety measure plan. Many of the league’s best players such as J.J. Watt, Russell Wilson, Michael Thomas, and Drew Brees all air out their doubts. Not long after that, the NFL committed to an estimated $75 million for daily testing for the 2020 season.
However, it has seen 66 players elect to opt-out playing this year. There are other hurdles for the league to get past, such as the expected pay cut. The NFL has many different obstacles to move through first before things can forward appropriately. It looks like progress in a specific area has made Watt enthused about the situation ahead of Week 1 action next month.
J.J. Watt loves the focus the Texans possess
Throughout the last few weeks, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has been quite vocal bout his feelings toward the safety around the precautionary measures ahead of the 2020 season.
J.J. Watt has moved into the positive direction as the star defensive end has been encouraged by the Texans’ handling of the situation. Watt voiced that he loves the attention to detail and focus during the team Zoom meetings, according to Peter King of Football Morning in America.
“I mean, if I’m being perfectly honest, it’s somewhat nice from an actual football standpoint,” Texans’ Watt said. “Think about a normal training-camp day: You’re in the building from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. And you got a whole bunch of meetings. Now, we are very efficient in our meetings. We get things done. Nobody’s screwing around. Everybody’s locked in. It’s just really been good with our Zoom meetings. Just purely being in the comfort of your home doing your Zoom meetings, and not having to rush into the stadium early in the morning. It is a nice feature.”
The opportunity to work from home is a luxury that players have due to the current circumstances. That allows players to focus on the task at hand in the meetings while not worrying about other elements. It’s a temporary feature, but it has helped the Texans out in Watt’s opinion. There will be more adjustments to make in the coming weeks, which this step of the process has worked in Houston’s favor.
NFL remaining optimistic with the 2020 season
There have been plenty of setbacks along the way that have drawn concerns from players.
However, the NFL has remained on the beaten path of playing the 2020 season as planned next month. There are certainly lingering concerns with the situation, but that hasn’t moved things entirely away from the league playing out the upcoming campaign. What remains crucial is having the appropriate measures to ensure the player’s safety during this tough time.
That could turn the tide in either direction as the NFL needs to stay with the necessary health procedures. It will dwindle the doubts that the players have about safely playing football. Only time will tell if the league can right the ship and move toward starting the 2020 season in the coming weeks without a hitch.