Giants’ Ryan on wearing mask in practice: ‘(It was) not too comfortable, but this is 2020’

Logan Ryan has played in 131 NFL regular-season and postseason games, which means he has participated in many hundreds of practices. But today the eight-year veteran experienced a practice first – he wore a mask.

“(It was) not too comfortable, but this is 2020,” Ryan said in a post-practice Zoom call. “A lot of things we have to adjust for, a lot of curveballs. I’m not complaining, got the best job in the world. I got used to it pretty quickly.”

Giants players were required to wear masks as part of the more intensive protocols mandated by the NFL after guard Will Hernandez was today placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The Giants practiced in a downpour as they began preparing for their game Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The new protocols include a mandate that meetings must be conducted virtually unless they are in an area large enough to allow social distancing.

The Giants, like all teams, are used to such requirements and are unfazed by them.

“So far, everything has been normal,” Ryan said. “Practiced out there on the field, meeting as normal. How we have to adjust is just what the NFL protocols will be. I wasn’t here in the spring, but I am familiar with the Zoom app, I am a millennial. I’ll turn it on and make sure my kids aren’t doing backflips. I’ll have to mute myself a little bit. I’ll be super locked in. It’s important, it’s a big game. It’s Tom Brady and the crew coming to town. I’ll definitely be in the meetings, prepared and ready to go.”

The protocols are an enhanced extension of the regimen the players have followed since the spring, when team facilities were closed, learning was remote and on-field instruction was prohibited.

Ryan was a free agent who didn’t join the Giants until Sept. 4, but that hasn’t precluded him from appreciating the COVID-19 induced weirdness.

“It’s a year I’m going to remember, for sure,” Ryan said. “Everybody is going to remember this. Everyone has to adjust in every walk of life. That comes to NFL players, that comes to NFL practice. That’s definitely been an adjustment with a lot of things. You know you have to take it for what it is. This is what we signed up for. I didn’t opt out, I signed up to play. I knew there was going to be some curveballs in there.

“I think that (coach) Joe (Judge) has been extremely flexible. I think the Giants have done a great job handling everything the best they can. We just have to go with what the NFL protocol is. Whatever they tell us is what we have to do, is what we’ve done. We’re not the first team to go through this, we won’t be the last. We just have to handle it the best we can, which I feel like we have. It’s definitely going to be a year I remember.”

Via: giants.com

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