Andrew Cuomo on Buffalo Bills training camp amid coronavirus pandemic

New York State governor Andrew Cuomo holds a press briefing updating the states response to the coronavirus

New York State governor Andrew Cuomo holds a press briefing updating the states response to the coronavirus at Upstate Medical University, Tuesday April 28, 2020, Syracuse, N.Y.

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The Buffalo Bills and NFL teams across the country are facing an indefinite virtual working environment as the country continues to try and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York was asked Monday about if the Bills training camp start date the last weekend of July will be impacted by coronavirus.

“Ask me at the end of June,” he said.

The truth is that it’s impossible to predict how long shelter in place orders will be in place or when it’ll be safe again to congregate in public places. The NFL has been busy working out contingency plans for the 2020 NFL season should the start date be pushed due to the coronavirus. The Sports Business Journal reported on Monday that the NFL has discussed a schedule that would start on Oct. 15 without any bye weeks. It would conclude with the Super Bowl on Feb. 28, almost a month later than its usual scheduled date.

The process for coming up with a schedule that will work is still in progress, per SBJ.

“NFL schedule-makers are in the process of designing a 2020 season that has several different wrinkles. When the schedule is released next month, it will look like a standard 16-game, 17-week slate, but it will be designed to allow for several steps that could become necessary depending on the state of the pandemic. (The 17-game regular season agreed to in the new CBA goes into effect with the 2021 season.) “

Bills general manager Brandon Beane said the Bills can’t do much right now with the rookies the team just selected last week other than get them their iPad playbooks and finalize their paperwork remotely.

“They won’t be able to work out with the vets or anything like that,” Beane said on Saturday after the draft’s conclusion. “So it’ll more just be getting them the information they need and have them ready to start at that rookie camp.”

Rookie camp, which usually begins the first or second week of May, is still expected to move forward virtually.

“I don’t know that it’ll be much physically, I think it’ll mostly be meeting,” Beane said. “One of the coaches would love to find a way to do walkthroughs and things like that, but I know they’re working on it. We’ll see what they come up with, but it’ll mostly be you’re just trying to teach them in small groups.”

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