The Patriots have now seen seven gamers decide out of the upcoming season with the most recent being broad receiver Marqise Lee.
The 2020 NFL season goes to be not like any we’ve seen earlier than because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gamers have the choice of opting out and nonetheless getting some cash in the event that they resolve they don’t really feel protected suiting up and taking the gridiron this yr.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs received the decide out development began final week and plenty of gamers from groups across the league have adopted in his footsteps. Some have chosen to decide out on account of a member of the family being sick whereas others merely simply don’t really feel the chance is value it.
The Patriots specifically have been hit arduous by the decide outs, as broad receiver Marqise Lee is the seventh member of the New England Patriots to resolve he doesn’t really feel it’s definitely worth the danger to swimsuit up in 2020.
After all when NFL followers see all of those Patriots gamers opting out, they assume that is on goal and that they’re doing this to allow them to “Tank for Trevor [Lawrence]” so to talk. That’s an entertaining narrative, however truthfully, these gamers doing this are doing so for their very own security and nobody can fault them for that.
Who is aware of if we’ll also have a season in 2020 at this level? Main League Baseball, the one main sports activities league to not function out of a bubble, is having a whole lot of points making an attempt to forestall outbreaks inside clubhouses. The NFL received’t be working out of a bubble and that’s going to show difficult for them in terms of limiting the unfold of the virus.
As for Lee, he had but to even play a snap for the Patriots. He spent the primary 5 years of his profession with the Jaguars after Jacksonville spent a second-round choose on him in 2014. He was trying to be an honest choice for New England, who even have Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, and N’Keal Harry on their depth chart.
The lack of Lee isn’t a dramatic one for New England, however shedding seven gamers is an enormous storyline. Hopefully there’s a season available and if there’s, props to all the gamers, together with Lee in fact, who made the daring determination to not swimsuit up and play.