While health and security are paramount, legitimate worries about the virus stay. The Panthers have had one participant opt-out because of COVID-19 worries in linebacker Jordan Mack.
“The thing I’ve mentioned to everyone is, of course, it affects us all differently. Therefore, in the event that you have any issues, queries, any difficulties — only always reach outside to chat about these matters,” Rhule explained. “At the close of the day, everybody’s got to make the perfect choice for them. I do not fault anybody for the choices that they make, particularly when it concerns the security and safety of the loved ones.”
Together with rookies, quarterbacks, and coming injured players today on the area for conditioning and walk-throughs, coaches are wearing masks or face guards. Those wanting out the latter do this players can get to know their faces and better view their expressions.
The team has a challenging job of assessing players prior to the Aug. 16 roster decrease to 80 players. Some groups have shrunk to this amount, however, the Panthers will utilize a split-squad — at least for today.
“It just didn’t look right or sensible for us to make cuts without having noticed a number of these men operate,” Rhule explained. “The rules say that we’re able to return to 80 at any moment. I believe in a year in this way, as many individuals as possible who understand your system who have been about you — even when they have called up in November — you are likely to be pleased about it.”
With minimal practice period and no preseason matches, Carolina’s undrafted rookies may have a difficult time earning enough of an impression to earn the opening roster. But unlike other training staffs that have longstanding ties to players, everybody has a blank slate at the moment.
“At least for uswe do not know anybody,” Rhule explained. “There is also an enlarged practice group. It moved from 10 to 12, and it’s at 16. You’ve got a opportunity to be on an NFL roster that perhaps you would not have had last year.”
That is a part of Rhule’s general training philosophy, anyhow. As a trainer who thrived in Temple and Baylor with many five-star recruits, he needs an environment in which players may grow from the practice squad into a constant starter.
“That is one of those places I always believed was failed by so a lot of individuals,” Rhule explained. “I really don’t understand why you can not develop players at the NFL. We thought, let us do a fantastic job with our practice group players, do a fantastic job together with our young players and find some diamonds in the rough.”