Some of the likely details of the NFL's play to return to play during the pandemic have started to emerge in the past few days. Even though we don't have exact details, we have some strong indications.
- 80-man rosters (instead of 90);
- Zero exhibition games;
- Long ramp-up to contact, only 14 days in pads before first game;
- Eight of 32 teams have had their infectious disease emergency response plan approved by the NFLPA. The others, including the Patriots, are under review.
How will each of these developments affect the NFL and, specifically, the Patriots? Let's go through them, starting with our guesses on the players who may be on the outside looking in at camp before it even starts. This comes on the heels of our first 53-man roster prediction of the new season. We'll build off that:
PLAYERS MOST LIKELY TO BE RELEASED
A few things go into this, namely one big factor we have no idea about: