Finally Some Optimism

Posted: July 27th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

Usually late July is when 32 fan bases are busy talking themselves into believing their team will win the Super Bowl. This year we have 32 fan bases talking themselves into the idea of having a football season. There is nothing normal about 2020.

  • The NFL and NFLPA reached an agreement over the weekend that moves things forward. Here’s what we know so far:
  • No preseason games
  • Roster must be cut down to 80 by July 28 (there was another option, but the Eagles didn’t go for that)
  • Practice squads will have 16 spots and can include six veterans (is Josh Andrews available?)

Dave Spadaro has the Training Camp schedule.

• Day 1: Players receive their first COVID-19 test and screening for coronavirus. They will then return home.

• Day 2-3: Virtual meetings, with encouraged self-isolation at home.

• Day 4: Players will take their second COVID-19 test and return home.

• Day 5-6: Players who have two negative tests can enter the facility to take physicals and go through equipment fittings.

• Day 7: Players begin eight days of strength and conditioning work. Those sessions will be limited to 60 minutes in the weight room, 60 minutes of aerobic conditioning. Coaches will be allowed to lead an hour-long walk-through on those eight days.

That conditioning period will be followed by four days’ worth of unpadded practices, where players will wear shells and helmets.

On August 17, teams can practice in pads for the first time; they will be allowed 14 padded practices in total.

August 8 will be a mandatory day off across the league, after which teams will be required to give players one day off per every seven days of work.

Testing is the real key here. We need players to pass their tests and take the situation seriously. We just found out that an NBA went to dinner at a strip club when he had to visit home recently for a funeral. That is so irresponsible and incredibly dumb. He’s now quarantining and will miss some games. Let’s hope NFL players learn from this incident.

The Marlins might have a Covid outbreak. We’re trying to find out how many guys have tested positive.

Both of those stories have to scare the heck of out NFL executives. The league is preparing for how to handle tough situations.

Players also have the right to opt out of the season.

I don’t anticipate any Eagles sitting out, but we’ll know for sure this week.

With the Eagles needing to get down to 80, the Eagles started making moves on Sunday.

Those aren’t just scrub camp bodies. The Eagles cut guys that were on the fringe, but also players they had some knowledge of. They didn’t expect these players to challenge for roster spots. The Eagles kept rookies over these guys because the team wants to see the rookies in action. They don’t know what the rookies can do. The players who were cut could still be practice squad candidates.

So far the rookies have passed their Covid tests.

There is nothing normal about this year, but it does feel like we are heading in the right direction. I have no idea what kind of football we are going to see after such a short summer of practice, but it does seem like we will have pro football.

Keep your fingers crossed and wear your masks. We need this season to happen.


One part of the agreement between the league and players is that the salary cap will likely be $175M next year.

This isn’t good news for the Eagles. They are way over that figure. Before you get too fired up, the contract gurus don’t seem to think this is a big deal for the Eagles.

The numbers are scary when you glance at them, but the people who know what the numbers really mean are not worried. That should make you feel better.


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