GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman and three-time defensive participant of the 12 months JJ Watt just isn’t a fan of carrying the Guardian Cap throughout coaching camp and he wasn’t shy in sharing his ideas on Friday.
“I imply, I believe you recognize what I take into consideration the Guardian Caps we’re carrying,” Watt mentioned with a chuckle.
Watt didn’t hesitate when he was requested if he might really feel the distinction whereas carrying the padded shell that attaches to the surface of his helmet.
“You really feel like a bobblehead,” Watt deadpanned. “Like you are gonna fall over. I’ll most likely get fined for this. This is nice. You guys are simply screwing me to start out out the entire 12 months. There’s 15 grand gone.”
The Guardian Cap is required for all offensive linemen, defensive linemen, tight ends and linebackers throughout coaching camp practices till the second preseason recreation. In a launch, the NFL mentioned that interval of camp is when the league observed the “best focus of helmet impacts.”
The Guardian Cap reduces the severity of influence if one participant is carrying it by 10% and not less than by 20% if two gamers are carrying it, in keeping with the discharge. Watt was acutely conscious that they are mandated however just for a specific amount of time.
“But not within the video games,” he mentioned. “So, let’s hold it protected — generally. I do not know. Whatever.”
Watt continued to joke that his feedback would result in a punishment by the NFL.
“This is nice. I’m screwed. I’m completely screwed,” Watt mentioned. “[NFL commissioner] Roger [Goodell] goes to name me in like 5 minutes.”
Teams voted in March to start out utilizing the Guardian Cap after “consideration and proposals by the Competition Committee and the Owners’ Health and Safety Advisory Committee, in addition to session with head coaches across the League.” Watt mentioned he obtained used to carrying the Guardian Cap after a whereas and understood why they’re getting used.
“Absolutely,” he mentioned. “I’m not an fool. I imply, I’ll have worn no Guardian Cap for 12 years, however I’m not that dumb, all proper? Of course I do know. I’m not gonna get too deep into this as a result of I ‘ve already obtained 20 grand down. So we’re 50 [thousand] as the following one after which most likely like a four-game suspension is after that. So, Guardian caps are nice, love them. It’s a welcome addition. We ought to put on it on a regular basis.
“We obtained a couple guys that may must put on them simply like strolling round.”