BATON ROUGE, La. – NFL rookies are at a disadvantage with no preseason games to prepare them for their first seasons, and even though he’s entering his third year in the league, former Southern Jaguar Danny Johnson knows how important those exhibition games are.
“I think that would’ve been a weird for me just going into it with no preseason games. Those games can definitely help players out making the roster, but it’s a challenge for all of us, needing those preseason games just to go out there and showcase for not just one team but the other 31 teams out there,” Johnson said.
Another adjustment players could face is having games without fans, but so long as teams have kickoffs this year, Johnson wants to put the pads on and compete with peers.
“It’s going to be funny without them. It’s going to be a first for me, but that’s what we got to do to play. At the end of the day, I just want to play football so all the guys are just looking forward just to getting back out there on that field and be playing against each other,” Johnson added.
The players do have to remain safe during the pandemic to have the season, but former Seahawks’ cornerback Kemah Siverand learned the hard way, after trying to bring a friend into Seattle’s hotel. John can see why the rookie would take such a risk.
“I mean…for me. I just don’t want to speak on his situation. In a sense, I understand, but at the end of the day, I wish him the best. Hope gets another chance, wherever that may be.”
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