NFL is looking for ways to give teams more roster flexibility as the league plans to start its 2020 season in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Reportedly, one of the most likely solutions is expanding practice squads to 16 players.
According to the last collective bargaining agreement, the practice squads of NFL teams are already set to increase from the current 10 to 12 players in 2020. However, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the league is now considering allowing up to 16 players on the practice squad so the teams could handle coronavirus-related challenges better.
Garafolo adds that the NFL Players’ Association would have to approve the expansion of practice squad roster, but that this shouldn’t be an issue as it would create more jobs for the players.
Expanding the practice squads to 16 players would be beneficial for both the league and the players even in normal times. The teams’ front office and coaches would have a better chance to evaluate talent while receiving a more dependable pool of reserves in case of injuries on the active rosters.
As previously mentioned, players would have more jobs available to them and more chances to showcase their skills. This would be beneficial for both the veterans who still want to play as well as young players who are looking to break into the league.