After initially being very skeptical about the prospects of an NFL 2020 season even being possible given all that’s happen regarding the coronavirus pandemic, LA Rams head coach Sean McVay has recently softened up on the idea of pushing through with football this year.
Besides the obvious obstacles that stand in the way of the NFL, individual teams will have to navigate their own issues, which will include players falling ill and potential opt outs before the season even begins. According to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, when McVay was asked about future player opt-outs, he said doesn’t expect to see additional players bounce for the season, but he’ll still be 100% supportive of anyone who does decide to take that route.
Sean McVay doesn’t expect any more Rams to opt out before the deadline but says dialogue remains open and supportive. Says there is a “relief” feeling to know they can protect players at high risk if necessary - like in the case of Chandler Brewer.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) August 2, 2020
As of now, only offensive lineman Chandler Brewer has officially opted-out of the season. Brewer has a history of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and decided it wasn’t worth it as a “high-risk” classification. As far as current positives on the team, OLB Terrell Lewis and DT Michael Hoecht are the only two players that the Rams have placed on the IR/Covid-19 list so far.
Now for today’s links.
The Rams announced their training camp schedule (TheRams.com)
DL coach Eric Henderson is pleased with the Rams’ mixture of veterans and rookies (TheRams.com)
These days, HC Sean McVay is feeling a bit better about playing football this season (The Rams Wire)
Bret Stuter discusses the advantages for the Rams in this year’s training camp (Ramblin’ Fan)
Washington head coach Ron Rivera is tasked with fixing problems on and off the field (ESPN)
Matt Bowen ranks every personnel grouping in the NFL (ESPN)
Gary Davenport hosts a 12-team mock draft (Bleacher Report)
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tested positive this weekend (Pro Football Talk)