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Despite challenges, Alex Highsmith’s confidence is high heading into the season

Think about it.

Try to put yourself in the shoes of a rookie heading into his first NFL season in 2020. Not only are COVID-19 tests now a part of everyday life, but consider what they are missing out on as it pertains to football.

No rookie minicamp.

No Organized Team Activities (OTAs).

No mandatory minicamp.

Adjusted training camp.

No preseason games.

For the NFL veteran, the thought of not having to deal with minicamps and meaningless games might be things dreams are made of. But for a player who is trying to adapt and get ready for the professional level, it certainly seems like an uphill battle to see significant playing time.