Some NFL teams may opt for fewer players at training camps
Teams have had to take unprecedented action ahead of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This could very well be the case heading into training camps in late July.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, teams may decide limit the number of players allowed at training camp:
“Per a league source, some teams are considering taking 80 or 75 players to camp in order to make it easier to comply with physical distancing guidelines and other requirements aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.”
The restrictions placed in response to the ongoing pandemic have already offered its own set of challenges this offseason as teams have largely been limited to virtual meetings with their players. Although NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been adamant about maintaining the timeline of the 2020 campaign, the league is still working on establishing a viable health protocol to ensure the safety of players and team personnel.
The roster limit for training camp is 90 players before teams are allowed to make cuts going into and throughout the preseason. They are hoping that by limiting the total number of players, it would reduce the health risks involved.
Of course, this now presents an added challenge for coaches, who will need to decide on which players to take into training camp and those that will be left at home. While the prospect of having to make such cuts before practice even officially starts is hardly ideal, it may be necessary if they hope to avoid any further setbacks ahead of the 2020 campaign.