Late afternoon on Tuesday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on a number of updates from the most-recent NFLPA call, which includes the decision for zero preseason games in August and training camp rosters potentially getting chopped down to 80 players instead of 90.
The NFL Management Council Executive Committee has not yet signed off on the 80-man roster, per source. There was discussion on giving teams option of keeping 90 and dividing the roster -- i.e. keep 10 on standby -- but union told players it wanted all teams to follow one rule. https://t.co/3kXYqVTiUH— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 21, 2020
In a follow up tweet, Pelissero made it clear that the limit on 80 players has yet to be signed off on by the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee but it certainly looks like things are headed to that inevitable decision. The Chargers are currently sitting with 86 players on their roster so they won’t be forced to make as many cuts as other teams but that doesn’t change the horrible fact that some players are potentially losing their only shot at making their NFL dreams come true.
In other news, did anyone else notice that the NFL misreported the current number of positive coronavirus cases among players? After reporting 95 players league-wide had tested positive, it was later changed to 59. It’s not the most unheard of mistake to swap two numbers on accident but when that mishap is from the top brass of media platforms and they report 36 more cases than the true number of positives, that’s a tough look.
Lastly, the NFL is officially 50 days from kickoff and that still seems so, so far away. But we can do it. I believe in all of you.
NFL season scheduled to kick off in 50 days.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 22, 2020
Now for today’s links.
Chris Hayre dives into greater detail about The Alliance: Los Angeles and their plans for the future (Chargers.com)
Check out the first trailer for HBO’s Hard Knocks (Chargers.com)
Jason Reed ranks the new Chargers players by how important they are to the team’s success (Bolt Beat)
Gavino Borquez thinks sixth-round rookie Alohi Gilman can make a real impact in 2020 (Chargers Wire)
Nick Wagoner discusses the tiff between the Niners and RB Raheem Mostert (ESPN)
Adam Teicher highlights GM Brett Veach getting a street named after him (ESPN)
Chris Trapasso lists rookies who could shine in training camp (CBS Sports)
Blake Schuster reports on the 95 NFL players who have tested positive for the coronavirus (Bleacher Report)
Mike Tanier doesn’t think Big Ben has what it takes to be a top QB again (Bleacher Report)
DE Michael Bennett retires from the NFL (Pro Football Talk)