NFL training camps are now getting underway across the league despite there still being many questions that need to be answered regarding player safety in the midst of a pandemic. The NFL and NFLPA made another move today that will have a drastic impact upon camp this year, as they agreed to reduce the size of training camp rosters from 90 players to 80, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
In a call with players today, NFLPA leadership said roster sizes are expected to be 80 to start camp, source said. Not a surprise, GMs are working under this assumption.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 21, 2020
The reduced roster size makes it easier to teams to manage safety protocol, requires less testing and makes it easier to allow for social distancing in team facilities. While it is safer, it does also mean that 320 players will be losing their jobs in the coming days, many of whom will be rookies who never have even had a chance to practice at the NFL level.
The move is one of many changes expected for this season, alongside no preseason in 2020, no cross-team practices and more.