We did it. We’ve made it to this point and we’re oh-so close to actual football being played out on a real field with real players. No more Madden simulations and video game highlights.
Commissioner Roger Goodell sent out this memo on Friday, essentially confirming that both the NFL and Players Association have come to terms on all remaining issues that have been preventing the league from going full-speed ahead into the year.
“Training camps will begin as scheduled,” Goodell affirms. “We have worked collaboratively to develop a comprehensive set of protocols designed to minimize risks for fans, players, and club and league personnel.”
This morning, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted out the schedule given to players by the NFLPA that details how training camps will work/look like all the way up through week one of the 2020 NFL season.
NFL players just received this email breaking down how this unique training camp will work: pic.twitter.com/UoCwXxialO— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 25, 2020
- There will be three rounds of testing during the first four days (July 28-July 31)
- Physicals will be on the 1st and 2nd of August.
- Coaches and players will have 3.5 hour limit for on-field work during gradual ramp-up period (Only shells)
- First padded practice will be on August 17. There will be a max of 14 full-padded practices through September 6th.
Barring any crazy, unforeseen event, there will will be a full 2020 NFL season. This should all be just music to your ears. This next month can’t go fast enough.
Now for today’s links.
J.B. Long ponders which middle linebacker will fill the void left by Cory Littleton (TheRams.com)
Stu Jackson analyzes three players who could earn increased roles in 2020 (TheRams.com)
Cameron DaSilva ranks the Rams 2021 free agents in order of how important they are to re-sign (The Rams Wire)
Manuel Harari predicts the Rams 53-man roster (Ramblin’ Fan)
Kevin Seifert discusses training camps and how things will potentially shake out (ESPN)
Jason La Canfora breaks down the latest with S Jamal Adams (CBS Sports)
Mike Florio reports on the idea that NFL teams may keep an emergency quarterback in quarantine during the season (Pro Football Talk)
NFL Nation talks which NFL teams got better, worse, or stayed the same over the offseason (ESPN)