One of the major rule changes to NFL rosters in 2020 is the expansion of practice squads, which were set to increase from 10 players to 12.
As the NFL prepares for any difficulties that may arise from playing through a season during the coronavirus pandemic, that figure may grow even further. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Judy Battista reported Wednesday that the NFL is discussing the possibility of expanding practice squads to 16 players for 2020.
NFL practice squads were to expand from 10 to 12 players in 2020. Now, there’s internal talk about expanding to as many as 16 for greater roster flexibility for positive Covid tests, sources tell me and @judybattista. NFLPA would have to co-sign but that’s more jobs for players.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 18, 2020
As Garafolo adds, the increased practice squad size would provide teams with more flexibility in the event of positive COVID-19 tests. Though it isn’t yet confirmed, if the idea is coming from the league office, it’s difficult to see the Players Association rejecting it.
Ultimately, even in a normal year, the bigger the practice squads the better. Expanded practice squads would allow for more development of young and raw prospects, the ability to manage veteran players during the week, and provide more jobs for players entering the NFL.
Expect more changes and ideas from the NFL, as they attempt to be proactive ahead of the 2020 season.