New York Giants re-open training facility on limited basis

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In accordance with NFL guidelines, Wednesday, the New York Giants re-opened their Quest Diagnostics Training Facility, on a limited basis.

A return to some form of normalcy is what people have been craving since the country effectively shut down due to COVID-19. Life is very slowly ramping back up. For New York Giants fans, another big step was taken when the team re-opened their Quest Diagnostics Training Facility on Wednesday. It had been closed since the last week of March.

Under current NFL coronavirus protocols, the Giants can have the facility open on a limited basis. A small number of team employees are allowed in the facility, such as a few admin and management staff, as well as, injured players who need treatment. Coaches and non-injured players will no be allowed to come in at this time.

That means the New York Giants coaching staff, including head coach Joe Judge still work from home. Players who are not receiving treatment for injuries are on their own for a place to work out, but the team’s voluntary virtual workouts via Zoom continue.

In a typical year, informal workouts end at the start of minicamp in mid-to-late June. Its when teams have their rookies, and most veterans come in for football-related activities. At this point, it appears as if minicamps won’t happen this year.

Discussions between the NFL and NFL Players Association are ongoing about when training camps will open, and everyone is allowed back into team facilities. There are rumors that players won’t be authorized to return until training camps officially start.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Tuesday, the league sent out a memo to all 32 teams with modifications to some training camp practices. To limit travel, all teams are to hold camp at their main practice facility.

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There will be no going off to a remote college for a few weeks, as some teams do. The Giants stopped doing that when they opened the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility. Teams like Dallas still do.

Additionally, there will be no joint team practices either this year. Big Blue was planning a trip to Nashville for joint workouts before their preseason game with the Titans on August 22.

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The opening of the Giants practice facility, even on a limited basis, is a step toward resumption of normal football activities. The league and union are moving ahead slowly (and wisely) to maintain the safety of all football personnel.