Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported yesterday that the NFL is planning to release the 2020 regular season schedule Thursday at 8pm ET. Even with all the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming season, the NFL will be unveiling the schedule without any major changes to the normal, expected slate of events. That includes the season opener on September 10th and this season’s Super Bowl on February 7th.
NFL schedule drop to include full 17-week slate, with visions of fans in the stands.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 2, 2020
League is not considering centralized location for games.
League spokesman Brian McCarthy also told ESPN that they are planning to release its preseason schedule, as well.
“If we have to make adjustments, we will be prepared to do so based on the latest guidance from our medical experts and public health officials and current and future government regulations,” McCarthy said. “We made adjustments and conducted safely and efficiently key offseason activities such as free agency, the virtual off-season program and the 2020 NFL Draft.”
The league has evaluated a number of contingency plans in case of a second “boom” in the pandemic, with one of those being to delay the season until mid-october. For what it’s worth, there has been no discussion on potentially playing the season in a centralized location.
Lastly, the NFL is still evaluating when they will allow players and staff to reenter team facilities. Both the NFL and the NFLPA have agreed to keep buildings closed until every state that hosts an NFL team lifts its stay-at-home mandate. As of now, teams are still prepared to conduct the workouts and the June minicamp virtually.
Now on to the links.
Hayley Elwood spoke with former Chargers QB Dan Fouts (Chargers.com)
Gavino Borquez details how the LA offensive line is handling the virtual offseason (Chargers Wire)
Jason Reed believes the Chargers have some questions to answer prior to 2020 (Bolt Beat)
NFL to release the full 17-game schedule for the 2020 season later today (ESPN)
Charean Williams discusses the 17 players from 2017 who had their fifth-year options picked up (Pro Football Talk)
Kalyn Kahler discusses how Peyton Manning could be eyeing a role with an NFL team (Bleacher Report)
Mel Kiper released a very early look at the top prospects for 2021 (ESPN)