“OL Masterminds Summit” proceeds in Texas this weekend

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They’re calling it the “OL Masterminds Summit.” The litmus test as to whether the individuals participating are truly “masterminds” is whether they’ll realize that they shouldn’t attend.

Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News explains that the event, featuring 50 offensive lineman, will proceed as scheduled in Texas this weekend.

The event will mainly unfold in a hotel ballroom, according to Gehlken, along with on-field work at a walk-through pace. It’s the latest event involving NFL players to defy the recommendation of the NFL Players Association that no group workouts should occur until teams gather for training camps.

Expected in-person participants include Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, Saints tackle Terron Armstead, Jets tackle Mekhi Becton, Raiders tackle Trent Brown, Vikings center Garrett Bradbury, Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen, Saints center Erik McCoy, and Texans tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Special procedures will be implemented to limit the spread of the virus. Still, multiple players will be traveling into one of the world’s current COVID-19 hotbeds, staying there for multiple days, and then returning home.

“This was discussed for a long time,” Johnson told Gehlken. “We were thinking about maybe having it through Zoom. Some of the guidelines in Texas had changed. . . . Ultimately, I think masks will be required, and then we’ll all be staying at a hotel. . . . It’s something we don’t want to take lightly.”

Gehlken notes that liability waivers will be required, confirming the enhanced risk of proceeding.

Recently, Von Miller‘s annual pass-rush summit happened virtually. Given the broader circumstances associated with football in a pandemic, that seems to be the much smarter play.

12 responses to ““OL Masterminds Summit” proceeds in Texas this weekend

  1. I had no idea these summits were a thing. That’s a pretty nice list of linemen there. Wishing them good health in a precarious situation.

  2. Our society is so appalling right now that I hope the virus rages on and we can’t have any sports the rest of the calendar year. Let the rich not make any big money this year. That’s all they understand is when you take money away from them. I love football more then anything but this society needs more reflection time.

  3. How about “OL Moron Summit”? These guys are not just thinking this through at all.

  4. I love football more then anything but this society needs more reflection time.

    To assume that much of “our society” is capable of reflection is a bit of a stretch, IMHO.

  5. This doesn’t sound like a good idea. I hope the guys don’t forget that this virus attacks heavy set people, not good if your over 300 pounds or more.

  6. More like morons than masterminds.

    Two weeks before camp opens? Just enough time to get infected and be symptomatic and spread it all over the place for the start of camp.

    Very surprised the teams are not putting a stop to this.

    I predict covid-19 will show its face at just about every training camp. There will 10-20 players on each training camp roster who will think they are immortal. Foolish kids placing everybody in jeopardy.

  7. realdealsteel says:
    July 10, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Our society is so appalling right now that I hope the virus rages on and we can’t have any sports the rest of the calendar year. Let the rich not make any big money this year. That’s all they understand is when you take money away from them. I love football more then anything but this society needs more reflection time.
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    Yes, our society is appalling right now and has been for awhile. However, “the rich” are not the ones spreading this around. It’s the 90%, not the 10%. The 10% can afford to protect themselves and for the most part they are smarter than most of the 90%ers.

  8. if a liability waver is required it sounds as if they’re not taking it seriously if they still attend. besides whoever is making them sign the waiver, that person knows what’s going to happen.

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