With players back in the building, going through walk-throughs and strength and conditioning work, it’s starting to feel more like football. But that doesn’t mean things are normal.
I don’t think any of these guys have even seen my face in person yet because I constantly have my mask on, head coach Matt Rhule said with a laugh on Friday.
As the Panthers continue to prepare to play during a global pandemic, that might be a good thing. As detailed in Thursday night’s series premiere of Road to Restart, the organization has put in Herculean effort to keep everyone safe during this modified 2020 training camp.
So far, it’s worked.
When you’re here, you feel a real sense of calm when you’re in this building because you know, A, everyone’s being tested, and B, we’re socially distanced, Rhule said. We’re walking around with contact tracers. It’s not like people are kind of wearing masks — people are wearing masks. We’re taking it so seriously that you feel really comfortable and calm and safe being here.
I know for me, when I’m here, I say to myself after being in it, there’s no doubt that I think we should be able to make this happen and play really good football this year.