A week after the NFL permitted teams to launch virtual offseason training programs in lieu of normal spring workouts due to the pandemic-induced disruption, four more clubs are set to begin virtual workouts starting Monday. According to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, the Buccaneers, Dolphins, Eagles and Ravens will all begin physical training on April 27, bringing the total of teams hosting virtual workouts to seven after the Bills, Colts and Patriots last week.
Twenty teams, in total, will begin virtual programs on Monday, per Florio: The Bengals, Broncos, Bucs, Cardinals, Dolphins, Eagles, 49ers, Jaguars, Jets, Lions, Packers, Raiders, Rams, Ravens, Saints, Seahawks, Steelers, Texans, Titans and Vikings. Twelve of those 20 will begin instruction that does not involve physical workouts on Monday, according to Florio, but that doesn’t mean they can’t eventually incorporate some type of workout down the road.
The majority of the NFL is now set to be engaged in some type of stay-at-home operation, with coaches, players and staff connecting online for the foreseeable future.
All teams have been granted three weeks to conduct their virtual programs, which would be converted to in-person sessions in the event all NFL team facilities are allowed to reopen (if even one facility is not allowed to reopen by local guidelines, no NFL team facilities will be allowed to reopen). Starting on May 18, NFL.com’s Judy Battista previously reported, each team can choose to continue its offseason workout program, either virtually or on-field, if teams have been allowed to report to their facilities.