New Jersey Governor Will Allow Pro Sports Teams to Train and Play games if Leagues Approves

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The sports world remains on hold due to the impact of the coronavirus. On Tuesday New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that the state will allow pro sports to return if the leagues approve. SI’s Corey Parson and Jets team reporter Kristian Dyer break down what the decision could mean for sports teams going forward. 

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Kaitlin O'Toole: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that professional sports teams can return to training and competition if their leagues choose to do so. Joining me now from jets' country is Kristian Dyer and SI Fantasy and gambling analyst Corey Parson. Kristian, have the Jets decided on when they will begin training again in person? 

Kristian Dyer: Yeah. This news is certainly going to be a little bit of a boom now for the NFL, which has two teams in the state of New Jersey, both playing at MetLife Stadium. How this impacts the Jets in particular somewhat remains to be seen. According to NFL Network on Tuesday morning, the Jets are closely monitoring the situation, working with the governor's office and the league. So they're saying all the right things as it seems like we are inching towards the return of football here in New Jersey. And it couldn't come at a better time for a Jets team that had a massive infusion of signings from four agency, a completely rebuilt offensive line, and also a lot of draft picks who figure to factor in not just into the two-deep, but probably three or four starters are going to merge. So being able to get the ball back sooner rather than later going to be helpful for a team that went through quite a bit of an offseason reshuffle.

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Kaitlin O'Toole: Corey, Kristian kind of talked about a set, any strict some starters might emerge. I want to get your take on this. Are there any under the radar players that we might see really shine during training camp? 

Corey Parson: Well, we really don't know that as of yet. Caitlin has fallen under the radar. Well, one thing I will keep my eye on a Christian hit on it perfectly. You look at both the New York area football team that plays in New Jersey. You got two young quarterbacks in Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold. And like Kris mentioned, the Jets bring in all that infusion of new talent. These teams had to start to get chemistry, get a feel for each other. They plan on having any success for the season. So, yes, it is a good time for it to open it up and get things going. I'm sure these coaches want to get into the world with these new players. And I'm sure the players want to be out there with their new teammates and put together the system to learn systems and stuff like that. So, listen, safety is first and paramount, but definitely good news that the all New York City area, especially with our professional football teams, are headed in the right direction.

Kaitlin O'Toole: Absolutely. Thank you guys so much for your insight on this. I really appreciate it. 

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