According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the NFL has made the decision to reduce the 2020 preseason to two weeks.
The NFL plans to specifically cut Week One and Week Four of the preseason, per PFT.
Florio explains that teams who will be playing preseason games on the road won’t want to move that many people. Beyond that, coaches would rather have the extra time to work with their teams after OTAs and Minicamps were eliminated in terms of on-field work.
This comes shortly after the news that the NFL will not hold a 2020 supplemental draft.
Indications have been that the preseason was likely to be reduced or possibly eliminated altogether, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
The NFL had already canceled the Hall of Fame game and the enshrinement ceremony this year and this was the next logical step as the league prepares for an unprecedented season.
Given the lack of on-field OTAs due to restrictions from the pandemic, this allows for a longer ramp-up period for teams after they report to training camp.
NFL teams are expected to have players report for training camp on July 28.
With no offseason workouts and fewer preseason games to be played, it’s going to be very difficult for young players to make rosters this year.
We’ll have more regarding the NFL’s plans for the 2020 season as the news is available.