Details on the Packers’ training camp, including dates, roster sizes, and the preseason.
The Green Bay Packers, as well as the other 31 teams in the NFL, are ready to begin training camp over the next week.
The NFL and NFLPA have agreed on the changes for training camp this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Training camp will be different than normal for every team, including the Packers. Here are some details of what to expect this year:
When will training camp start?
According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, the mandatory date for all veteran players to report for training camp is July 28. Rookies, quarterbacks, and injured players can report earlier.
When every player has reported to training camp, here’s a look at how the schedule will likely look:
According to Breer, roster sizes will also be different for the Packers and every other team this summer. Teams have two options. One is to reduce their roster from 90 players to 80 before July 28, which is the mandatory reporting date for veteran players. The second option is to cut the roster to 80 players by August 16.
Either way, the Packers’ roster won’t be 90 players like it normally would be throughout training camp, but instead 80 players until it’s eventually trimmed down to 53 players ahead of Week 1 of the regular season.
According to Lindsay Jones of The Athletic, the practice squad will increase from 12 players to 16. Each week, the Packers will also have the ability to protect four players from being signed by other teams from the practice squad.
Jones noted that six players on the practice squad can have an unlimited number of accrued seasons, a change that gives teams more flexibility.
According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, there will be no preseason, as expected. The initial plan was to reduce preseason from four games to two, but now there won’t be any warmup games held prior to Week 1.