While there’s still time to alter the offseason schedule if need be, as of right now the NFL is planning to allow teams to open training camps on July 28, which is what was planned all along. In last week’s conference call with owners, league executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash also said that rookies and some veterans would be allowed to report earlier.
This jibes with what Chicago Bears rookie Cole Kmet said a couple weeks ago on the Chris Zorich Podcast when he indicated he was starting camp on July 21. It’s unlikely the team — or the NFL for that matter — will allows fans to attend any of the camp practices that will be at Halas Hall.
Once the Bears make an official announcement we’ll be sure to pass it along.
With the usual mini-camps and organized team activities (OTAs) all nixed due to the pandemic, that left the players to work out on their own and to take part in virtual Zoom meetings.
The WCG staff took place in a recent round table to address some COVID-19 related topics that have been on our minds.
- Do you think the NFL will play a full regular season schedule in 2020?
- What should the NFL do if some states allow fans and others don’t?
- Should NFL rosters be expanded in 2020 due to COVID-19?
- Should NFL teams isolate the QB as much as possible this year?
- How will the lack of offseason practice time affect NFL rosters in 2020?
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