As the NFL gets ready to suit up for the 2020 season, no or limited fans in the stands are not the only change you are going to notice when you watch games. The players will be wearing helmets with a new face shield this season. The NFL and Players' Association have been working with Oakley on the new Oakley Mouth Shield, which all 32 teams expect to have by next week. It features plastic guards that cover the openings in the facemask.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the chairman NFL's Engineering Committee, Dr. Jeff Crandall said "The player feedback was integral in coming up with this design,” Crandall said. “They [Oakley] would start with this design and say: ‘Do you like this one better or this one? How’s your field of view on this one?" At the end, they did have feedback from players. This was their choice for the players they’ve evaluated so far. I think each player is going to have an evaluation for themselves in terms of exactly how they favor one concept versus another.”
Check out the helmets below!