The 2020 NFL preseason could be over before it begins.
In an attempt to keep players safe and provide sufficient time between training camp arrival and the beginning of the regular season, the NFL reportedly proposed Monday the elimination of all four preseason games.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the news Monday evening:
NFL offered the NFLPA today to play zero preseason games this summer, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 20, 2020
The news came just 13 hours after reports of the league offering a one-game preseason surfaced on Monday morning. The league previously trimmed the preseason to two games earlier this summer.
This latest proposal from the NFL also comes just a day after many of the league’s stars posted to social media asking the NFL to come up with a better plan to create a safe work environment for them this season. The league, its owners, and the NFL Players Association are all still discussing a number of safety measures, despite players being expected to report to training camp in roughly one week.
Getting rid of preseason games is likely welcome news for the league's older players, but for those fringe players attempting to earn roster spots across the league, the preseason was the best way to show their abilities in live game action before teams finalize their squads.
It's just one example of the give and take the NFL will be making this year as it tries to safely play a full 16-game regular season.
NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro examined how the Eagles will be approaching this year's unique lead-up to the regular season:
Eagles rookies are scheduled to report to the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday and the entire team is scheduled to report by July 28. It once seemed like the NFL had a ton of time to figure this out but now the start of training camp is here.
Doug Pederson said earlier this offseason that the Eagles will need a full five-to-six-week training camp to adequately prepare for the season. So it’s imperative that training camp start on time or close to it.
The Eagles begin their 2020 season in Washington on Sept. 13.
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