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The NFL intends to use the NFL’s April project as a means to strengthen charitable efforts to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to ESPN Adam Schefter, more details will be revealed in the coming weeks, but the main goal of the league is to increase COVID-19 relief funds.
Despite the fact that the coronavirus epidemic has prevented teams from meeting potential candidates and conducting physical exams, the NFL is moving forward with Project 2020, which will take place from April 23 to 25.
It was originally planned to stand in front of thousands of fans in Las Vegas, but the preliminary festivities were canceled following COVID-19. The NFL has not yet announced how the project will be presented on television.
By Schefter and Dianna Russini, the NFL Director General’s subcommittee recommended to Commissioner Roger Goodell that the NFL project be postponed because of the difficulties associated with circumventing the limits created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, league sources have told Schefter and Russini that some franchises would have a competitive advantage, as teams located in states that are not currently closed may have access to team facilities, while others no.
Despite the problems, the owners and the league office would agree to the project continuing as planned.
While the coronavirus epidemic prevented teams from meeting free agents in person, the NFL Free Agency proceeded as usual, although some players with red medical flags may wait a while to be signed , like defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and quarterback Cam Newton.
NFL teams will not be able to meet the draft candidates in person, and many of their professional days have been canceled, but front office members will have plenty of NFL Scouting Combine game tapes and information.
It may not be ideal to keep the draft in an environment that prevents teams from getting all the information they want, but the draft will provide welcome distraction for sports fans, and it will apparently benefit those who need it. support for the COVID -19 pandemic community as well.