Eagles players finding creative ways to work out, stay in shape during coronavirus pandemic

Eagles players finding creative ways to work out, stay in shape during coronavirus pandemic

There aren't many options for NFL players now that most gyms are closed, along with team practice facilities.

So they have gotten creative in trying to find ways to stay in shape during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eagles backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld, for example, has the good fortune of having two older brothers who played football – Zach Sudfeld spent two seasons in the NFL as a tight end and Matthew Sudfeld was a wide receiver in college at Brown.

Sudfeld is staying with his parents and brothers. He said the family garage has been converted into a makeshift gym. Sudfeld and his brothers can also run pass patterns near their home.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nate Sudfeld speaks into a radio at the NFL football team's practice facility in Philadelphia, Thursday, June 13, 2019.

"I’ve got two nice targets that are under my quarantine, which is perfect, so I’m able to throw to them for a little bit," Sudfeld said. "But it’s hard. It’s kind of a day-by-day thing trying to figure out how to keep developing, how to get into shape this offseason without the full weight room, full workout, all that stuff."

Eagles players are hardly exclusive to finding ways to work out, as many states are telling residents to stay at home in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The New Orleans Saints posted a video of former Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins doing stair climbs with his two daughters on his shoulders.

And offensive lineman Mekhi Becton, expected to be one of the top 10 picks in the upcoming NFL draft, had a video posted of him pushing a pickup truck in a parking lot.

This time of season is considered a dead period anyway for players. Usually at this time of year, players will typically work out by themselves or in groups at a gym/training facility.

But it's likely that the voluntary offseason conditioning programs, which begin at team facilities on April 20, could be in jeopardy (teams with new head coaches would have been able to begin on April 6).

Last week NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ordered all team facilities to close until April 8, at which point a decision will be made to open them or extend the closure.

"Hopefully we brought in players who understand that they need year round to stay in shape," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. "This is no longer a situation where you come to training camp, and you work yourself back in shape.

"They have a training manual that was given to them when they left (in January) with ideas on stuff. That’s also visual through their phones and through their iPads in terms of workouts."

Working out and staying in shape during the offseason have never been an issue for new Eagles safety Will Parks, a Philadelphia native who signed as a free agent last week.

Earlier this year, Parks was with his trainer and a group of players working out in various locations. That included working out with Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones in Texas.

But ever since the first week of March, when travel all but stopped, Parks has been on his own in the Philadelphia area.

"I pride myself on working the hardest," he said. "The fact that all these gyms and stuff and parks and stuff are closed is kind of driving me nuts right now. I think it's just being cautious. It’s a terrible time in the world right now. We all have to be extra careful. People are dying out there because of this. It’s a serious condition.

"Having the ability to adapt, I think, is the biggest thing that we can do. Whether that’s training differently in the house, or being somewhere where there’s absolutely no one around. You gotta do things differently."

Parks said he goes to a park in the area to get in a workout, in addition to lifting weights at his house.

"Try to use the multi-bars, doing different things," he said about his workouts in the park. "Just using a couple of objects outside to get my body going, and then right back in the car and right back home.

"It definitely sucks not being able to do the things you normally do. But I think I’m doing a good job as far as adapting."

It's the same for new Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave.

"With all the gyms and stuff closing, I’ve been ordering a lot of stuff for my apartment," he said. "A bike, some weights. I’m just trying to find ways to eat right without exposing myself. I’m just finding ways to grind, eating real healthy. Just bang out the weights and grinding."

Then there's Eagles kicker Jake Elliott, who has taken his golf game indoors, posting a video of him sinking a shot from the top of his staircase into a water cup at the bottom, and other such trick shots.

Trying to find some levity is about all players can do at this point. That, and watching a lot of video – football and otherwise.

"Trying to watch as much film as I can, and try to be on top of it," Sudfeld said. "But if you ask anybody, it’s pretty unprecedented, so I’m still trying to figure that stuff out."

Contact Martin Frank at mfrank@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter @Mfranknfl.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/eagles/2020/03/30/nfl-coronavirus-workouts-philadelphia-eagles-players/5086680002/

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