Devin, Jason McCourty nervous about NFL's return

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By WEEI 93.7

Just like most things in life right now because of COVID-19, there's quite a bit of uncertainty when it comes to the NFL returning to its facilities for training camp.

While the league has a detailed plan in place, positive tests have occurred in other sports in recent days, and on their Double Coverage podcast Sunday night, both Devin and Jason McCourty expressed some concern.

"I think everybody's nervous, because the norm is that we just go to work -- we put in a lot of work, we bond together, we lift, we're in close quarters. It feels like that's all being taken away from us, so I don't know how to react. I don't know what's it's going to be," Devin said. "I love how a lot of players' attention has been on what's going on outside of football, and I think we'll continue to do that. But figuring out football, to me, seems to be the hardest thing right now. We hope, but I don't know if we'll figure it out, honestly."

Meanwhile, Jason said he would not take part in a group workout right now (the NFLPA isn't recommending them).

"For me, there would be no coming together to do any type of practice with teammates, because I just think we can't dismiss with corona and everything going on," Jason said on the podcast he shares with Devin. "I've been out here in Nashville, and I actually go run at the high school where I think a lot of the 49ers players were doing their team-practice ordeal. They just had a player or two test positive. 

"It's kind of scary because something like that, I think it was probably just offense, so they probably had maybe 10 guys out there. When you think about the future, if it's hard for 10 guys just to get together to do little passing drills or anything of that nature, to think about somewhere between 53 and 90 guys in a training camp, it's going to be insane. So I don't know how that's going to turn out."

Both players said they would not be in favor of having a "bubble" for the sport like others will be trying.

As for the season and what is the biggest obstacle for the team in 2020, Jason came back to the unknown with COVID-19.

"(Similar) to every other team in the league, is figuring out how to get into the building," he said. "I know that's kind of the cliché answer right now, but everything that's gone on with COVID, I think it's hard at this point to even think about the individual team obstacles that you're going to have go through because there's so much going on out of our control right now."

The Patriots are scheduled to open training camp in late July.