Former Jaguars Star Fred Taylor makes a telling admission
With training camp just two weeks away, teams are on a deadline to establish viable safety protocols in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It seems even former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor understands the mixed feelings players would have due to the risks involved.
The NFL has already had to take unprecedented action in order to try and prepare for the 2020 NFL season. According to Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union, Taylor admitted it would be difficult for him to get back to work under the circumstances:
“I don’t know, I think for me it would be a no with a condensed training camp,” Taylor said. “Now you’re saying we’re going to minimize contact just to get to Sunday.
“It’s one big cluster-f—. I don’t see where it makes a lot of sense. I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision.”
There is certainly plenty of truth to Taylor’s comments. Teams have already had to significantly reduce stadium capacity while the league banned jersey swaps in an attempt to reduce any unnecessary contact involved.
Of course, there are bigger concerns regarding the health guidelines involved to prevent a potential outbreak and the financial implications of players that opt out of playing in the 2020 campaign. The NFL and NFLPA will need to ramp up their efforts before the start of training camp in order to give those involved some time to make a decision.
It will be interesting to see how many players share Fred Taylor’s opinion in the coming weeks.