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Eagles defensive linemen Fletcher Cox is confident he and his teammates will be on the field in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13, where they’ll kick off the 2020 campaign.
“I feel realty good about the season,” said Cox. “I think there will be a season. There will be ups and downs and … there will be some things we have to adapt to.”
Cox said Eagles players are still adapting to wearing face masks — they receive them when they arrive for their workouts, and keep them on for much of the day.
It is just one of the many changes put in place at the NovaCare Complex. Cox credits owner Jeffrey Lurie and the rest of the front office for doing everything they can to keep the players and the staff safe.
“This building right here is probably safer than any other place probably in the city,” Cox said. “Mr. Lurie and this organization did a really good job making sure that the players are safe, and I feel really safe here.”
Head coach Doug Pederson echoed those same sentiments at the start of training camp — but he tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.
It was another reminder to the players about the importance of following the guidelines, as to keep the virus from spreading throughout the team and everyone else working at the practice facility.
“We just have to be able to adapt as a team,” Cox continued. “We know a lot of stuff’s going to happen during the season. We just have to adapt to it, and Doug is the leader that we all know. He’s doing a really good job.”
As for all of the safety precautions, only time will tell. So far, baseball is having serious issues, but basketball and hockey have been running smoothly, as both sports are playing in “bubble” conditions in select cities.
For now, it is a one-day-at-a-time scenario for Cox and his teammates, with the hope that football gets underway this fall — so they can give Americans a small emotional lift as the pandemic rages on.
“It’s just things that we need to do to adapt and know that there will be changes here and there, but we can’t let that distract us from our main goal,” Cox said, “and that’s starting the season and finishing.”