Contrary to the opinion of most coaches and many analysts, offensive tackle Joe Thomas believes that the offseason being lost to the lockout could actually be beneficial to players. Increased injuries are being predicted as well as expectations of a reduced standard of play.
However, Thomas told 102.3 Radio in Denver, per SportsRadioInterviews.com, that the extra down time could be refreshing for players.
“I think it can be good and it can be bad,” Thomas said. “It’s been talked about a lot that teams that have continuity are going to be ahead of the teams that don’t. They’re obviously going to have a big step on everybody else, especially for some of the veteran guys and the veteran teams, the OTA minicamp, all the spring work and stuff like that maybe became a little bit too much and could be a little bit of extra grind on the body and the mind.
“Come January and February people were a little bit worn down and those same veteran teams and I think Green Bay is going to be especially rewarded for the team they have. …You kinda take a step back and you get a chance to think about other things and refocus your mind and get your body a little bit fresh, think about the rehab and the stretching and the other things you can do in the offseason on your own is going to probably pay off because the season is going to feel shorter and your body is going to be healthier at the end of the year and I think the mind will be a little fresher. You may see, at the beginning the football not being as good, but at the end I think you may see guys that are more fresh and more ready to go after it.”
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