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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) look on as the defense celebrates a play during training camp on Monday, August 5, 2019, in East Rutherford. Nyg Training Camp

The state of New Jersey opened up to pro sports teams on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Governor Phil Murphy expanded on what he expects for the NFL teams in his state.

New Jersey Governor ‘can definitely see’ Giants and Jets holding training camp

Speaking with Moose and Maggie of WFAN Sports Radio, Murphy opened up on his expectations. He said he “can definitely” see the New York Giants and New York Jets holding training camps in July. When it came to the topic of fans in the stands, Murphy said it’s too early to tell, both for the NFL and college football.

This is undeniably positive news. New Jersey has been one of the hardest-hit states in the union during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a staggering 11,194 deaths being attributed to the coronavirus (per Johns Hopkins University). So the fact that football could be coming back this summer is welcome news, indeed.

There remains a potential sticking point, however. The NFLPA made it clear Tuesday that there has been no agreement between the union and the NFL about reopening.

That hasn’t stopped NFL owners and the league itself from maintaining a positive outlook about starting the season on time.