Now nearing 100 days in place, the NFL lockout has been an unwelcome and highly frustrating nuisance for most fans, players and executives--but perhaps not all.
Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver Roy Williams recently told the Odessa American that for some veteran players, the lockout actually has an upside. Williams, who is entering his eighth season in the league, believes that for many of the league’s veterans, the imposed downtime has allowed them to recover more fully from the inevitable bumps and bruises of an NFL season.
“I talked to a player who was contemplating retirement, but the lockout has gotten his body back to where it needs to be,” Williams said. “For us older players, it’s good.”
Aside from some recovering veterans, though, no one stands to gain from the lockout, and Williams understands this. Aside from young players, who are charged with making the jump from college to the pros on the fly, teams like the Cowboys, who have a new-look coaching staff, have an already small (and ever-shrinking) window to learn a new system.
“We’re losing our key time to jell as a team,” Williams said. “That’s when you come together, in offseason, OTAs, minicamps. We try to make it up with our own workouts, but it’s not the same as it is when the coaches are pushing you.”
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