On Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that NFL teams will likely agree to have a reduced number of players in attendance at training camps this year. Normally, teams begin camps with 90 players, but due to recent spikes in positive coronavirus cases, the league is contemplating minimizing rosters to 75 or 80 players.
In an effort to combat COVID-19, NFL teams are likely to bring fewer than the regular 90 players they ordinarily bring to training camp, per league sources. One source is predicting 80 per team, another 75, but no one is expecting 90. More coming up on https://t.co/rDZaVFhcDQ.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 2, 2020
The Chargers have 86 players currently on their roster. If the final number is 80, then the team won’t have to work that hard. If it’s down to 75, then things will get a bit more interesting. However, it’s never as simple as my words may make it seem. No matter what, if the number of allowed players is any less than 86, that means at least one player is losing their chance at making their NFL dreams come true.
Fans of this franchise, specifically, understand the value of more roster spots and more preseason games. After all, Austin Ekeler would probably tell you that he would likely not have made this team had he not gotten that fourth preseason game. If things continue to get altered and minimized, how many potential gems will be lost in the process? It’s an unfortunate reality and incredibly sad to think about at length.
For the sake of some of these undrafted free agents, I’m hoping the final number is closer to 80.