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Matthew Stafford working hard to avoid common QB practice in COVID-19 era

Jesse Reed
Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

There is a certain thing that almost all quarterbacks do during a game. Matthew Stafford, in the COVID-19 era, is working hard to abstain.

So what is this thing?

Matthew Stafford making conscious effort not to lick his fingers

During a Zoom interview, Stafford said he’s been throwing with Danny Amendola in Georgia. He also said before the lockdown that he was throwing with Kenny Golladay and Amendola in California.

The one thing he’s been working hard on to avoid any COVID-19-related issues is not licking his fingers.

It makes sense. Playing with other people, you’re going to spread droplets by playing catch. And one of the big things we’ve all been told is “don’t touch your face.”

Licking one’s fingers certainly constitutes touching one’s face.

But quarterbacks constantly lick their fingers in between passes. It’s what they do. So it’s going to be fascinating to see who’s mastered the art of going against instinct once football actually does come back.