It's all about health and safety these days, and so NFL players could be sporting a whole new look in 2020.
The Oakley Mouth Shield is designed by Oakley in collaboration with doctors and engineers from the NFL and NFL Players Association. It is, of course, to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus on the field. This new helmet is will be distributed to all 32 teams over the next week, and that's when it will receive a real test drive by practicing players.
The new design features Oakley Prizm Lens Technology that is already used by skiers and military personnel. It enhances color and contrast in the visor. Plastic sheets extend down and attach to the face guard. There are airways and openings on the mouth shield but none that allow the direct transmission of covid droplets.
The mouth shield has already been distributed to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers—two teams close to Oakley's home base in Lake Forest, California.
The two biggest concerns to date have been visibility and breathability. We can't wait to see what our Philadelphia Eagles' players think!