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GMoney2600
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New rules, important dates to know for 2020 Saints training camp
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New Orleans Saints veterans reported to the team practice facility for COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, with rookie players having made the trip on Monday and now waiting on their results. The public health crisis has played havoc on the NFL’s offseason calendar, and it’ll continue to impact training camp as we approach the regular season.

Some players have chosen to opt out; one of them is Saints tight end Cole Wick, who returned from the 2019 practice squad but chose to pass on the 2020 season, citing asthma and heightened health risk. While none of his teammates have yet joined him in opting out, it’s very much a fluid situation.

The NFL and the NFL Players Associated hammered out a new training camp structure and many new rules for the remainder of the 2020 offseason, which we’ve detailed below:

Aug. 4: Players must submit written notice to their teams that they will be opting out of the 2020 season, either voluntarily or due to elevated risk to their personal health. The NFL and NFLPA are still finalizing this process, so players have until Aug. 4 to file with their teams.

Players who opt out because of heightened risk for infection can earn $350,000 instead of their non-guaranteed salary. Voluntary opt-outs will receive $150,000, though this does not extend to undrafted rookies.

Once training camp begins, the first phase will include a 20-day “ramp-up” period, starting with four days of COVID-19 testing and two additional days of conventional physicals. Players will not be allowed into the team practice facility until they have received two negative tests, and will not count against the roster limit while testing positive.

The second phase of the “ramp-up” period will feature a week of strength and conditioning drills, with players working in small groups of no more than 15 individuals. Teams may practice with helmets and shells, but no pads, during the final five days of this period.

Aug. 16: All teams must cut their rosters down to 80 players, the day before padded practices begin. With Wick opting out, the Saints currently have 89 players under contract, so some of them won’t have much of a shot at making an impression before things heat up on the practice field. We’ve highlighted ten names to watch for this first wave of roster cuts.

Aug. 17: Teams may begin holding padded practices, with no more than 14 sessions total before the start of the regular season. Padded practice sessions will last no more than 90 minutes at first, with 15-minute increments added onto each subsequent practice until they reach a total of 120 minutes. Players will be given one day off for seven days of work.
The 2020 preseason series has been canceled.

Sept. 4: Teams must cut their rosters down from 80 players to just 53, and file waivers claims in order to fill out their practice squads. The 2020 practice squad will expand to 16 players to accommodate expected absences due to COVID-19 infections.

The NFL’s 2020 salary cap will remain stable at $198.2 million, but the 2021 salary cap will fall no lower than $175 million due to expected revenue losses. It may rise depending to changes in leaguewide revenue, but any losses will be divided up through 2024.

If the NFL season is canceled after games are played, players that were on the 53-man roster will receive a $300,000 stipend. But if the season is canceled before final roster cuts, only those players who were on teams in 2019 will receive a stipend of $250,000.

The NFL and NFLPA agreed to start a fund to pay back benefits lost to declines in revenue, which will run through 2023.
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thefarva78
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re: New rules, important dates to know for 2020 Saints training camp
Great information. Thanks!


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LSUtiger89
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re: New rules, important dates to know for 2020 Saints training camp
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Cole Wick, who returned from the 2019 practice squad but chose to pass on the 2020 season, citing asthma and heightened health issues.

Players who opt out because of heightened risk for infection can earn $350,000 instead of their non-guaranteed salary. Voluntary opt-outs will receive $150,000, though this does not extend to undrafted rookies.


So does this mean he guaranteed himself $350k? If so smart choice by him! They don’t make that much on the practice squad and I don’t see him making the 53.


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goatmilker
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re: New rules, important dates to know for 2020 Saints training camp
Thanks G

So it looks like the teams will be together for 13 days before pads and practice.

Gives everyone a chance to be quarantined without hopefully missing too many practices.

Can work if players and staff act as much as possible as if they are in a bubble. Something it seems the Marlins failed at


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Mrwhodat
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As far as the NFL calendar dates are concerned, the NFL should mandate that if you elect to not opt-out, you will be required to attend a team sanctioned COVID-19 party.

The party is mandatory no mask with food, drink, and limousines provided for all.

The players will be required to hug and shake hands.

No temperatures will be taken.

After about a week, each team will test for COVID-19 and make sure you get the best of care.

Most players will get better with little or no effort.

Get COVID-19 now and not during the season.
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goatmilker
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re: New rules, important dates to know for 2020 Saints training camp
That's the 13 days before pads.
The Saints may use really small rooms for team meetings during this period


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GMoney2600
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re: New rules, important dates to know for 2020 Saints training camp
I count 90 players on the roster right now.

QB(4)
-Drew Brees - 23.65 mil (2021)
-Jameis Winston - 2.86 mil (2020)
-Taysom Hill - 4.841 mil (2021)
-Tommy Stevens - 630 k (2023)

RB(5)
-Alvin Kamara - 2.376 mil (2020)
-Latavius Murray - 4.05 mil (2022)
-Ty Montgomery - 887 k (2020)
-Dwayne Washington - 887 k (2020)
-Tony Jones - 613 k (2022)

FB(1)
-Michael Burton - 887 k (2020)

WR(10)
-Michael Thomas - 7.0 mil (2024)
-Emmanuel Sanders - 4.0 mil (2021)
-Tre'Quan Smith - 954 k (2021)
-Deonte Harris - 678 k (2021)
-Bennie Fowler - Contract Not Released Yet
-Lil'Jordan Humphrey - 675 k (2020)
-Emmanuel Butler - 610 k (2021)
-Austin Carr - 825 k (2020)
-Marquez Callaway - 613 k (2022)
-Juwan Johnson - 613 k (2022)

TE(4)
-Jared Cook - 9.0 mil (2020)
-Josh Hill - 2.845 mil (2021)
-Adam Trautman - 818 k (2023)
-Garrett Griffin - 675 k (2020)

Starting OL(5)
-Terron Armstead - 8.356 mil (2021)
-Andrus Peat - 3.6 mil (2024)
-Cesar Ruiz - 2.305 mil (2023) 5th Year Option
-Erik McCoy - 1.383 mil (2022)
-Ryan Ramczyk - 2.829 mil (2021)

Backup OL(10)
-Nick Easton - 5.843 mil (2022)
-James Hurst - 887 k (2020) Suspended 1st 4 games & doesn't count as a roster spot.
-Patrick Omameh - 887 k (2020)
-Cameron Tom - 850 k (2020)
-Will Clapp - 768 k (2021)
-Ethan Greenidge - 677 k (2021)
-Derrick Kelly - 610 k (2021)
-Calvin Throckmorton - 614 k (2022)
-Darrin Paulo - 611 k (2022)
-Jordan Steckler - 615 k (2022)

ST(4)
-Will Lutz - 4.2 mil (2023)
-Thomas Morstead - 4.3 mil (2022)
-Blake Gillikin - 610 k (2022)
-Zach Wood - 1.0 mil (2023)

DT(8)
-Sheldon Rankins - 7.69 mil (2020)
-Malcom Brown - 6.0 mil (2021)
-David Onyemata - 3.5 mil (2022)
-Shy Tuttle - 676 k (2021)
-Mario Edwards - 3.24 mil (2020)
-Taylor Stallworth - 903 k (2020)
-Malcolm Roach - 613 k (2022)
-Jalen Dalton - 610 k (2021)

DE(5)
-Cam Jordan - 9.097 mil (2023)
-Marcus Davenport - 3.747 mil (2021) 5th Year Option
-Trey Hendrickson - 1.001 mil (2020)
-Margus Hunt - 750 k (2020)
-Carl Granderson - 680 k (2021)

LB(10)
-Demario Davis - 9.9 mil (2020)
PUP -Kiko Alonso - 4.0 mil (2020)
-Alex Anzalone - 1.025 mil (2020)
-Nigel Bradham - Contract Not Released Yet
-Zach Baun - 874 k (2023)
-Craig Robertson - 2.4 mil (2020)
-Anthony Chickillo - 887 k (2020)
-Kaden Elliss - 694 k (2022)
-Chase Hansen - 676 k (2021)
-Joe Bachie - 615 k (2022)
-Andrew Dowell - 610 k (2021)

CB(7)
-Marshon Lattimore - 4.887 mil (2021)
-Janoris Jenkins - 4.05 mil (2021)
-PJ Williams - 1.047 mil (2020)
-Patrick Robinson - 3.35 mil (2021)
-Justin Hardee - 1.5 mil (2020)
PUP -Johnson Bademosi - 887 k (2020)
-Tino Ellis - 612 k (2022)
-Keith Washington - 613 k (2022)

S(6)
-Marcus Williams - 1.985 mil (2020)
-Malcolm Jenkins - 3.3 mil (2023)
-CGJ - 871 k (2022)
-DJ Swearinger - 800 k (2020)
-JT Gray - 750 k (2020)
-Saquan Hampton - 723 k (2022)


NFI (Non Football Injury)
-DE Noah Spence - 750 k (2020)

Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission List
-TE Jason Vander Laan (2021)
-TE Cole Wick (2021)

2020 Dead Cap
-RG Larry Warford - 5.125 mil
-QB Teddy Bridgewater - 4.0 mil
-SS Chris Banjo - 1.2 mil
-LB AJ Klein - 1.0 mil
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GMoney2600
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re: New rules, important dates to know for 2020 Saints training camp
QB - Loaded
RB - Hopefully Montgomery can lock down the #3 job
WR - Legit #1 & #2. Need someone to step up & take the #3 job
TE - Loaded
Starting OL - Armstead's health? Can the interior gel in time?
Backup OL - I love our depth here. Easton, Hurst, Omameh, Tom, Clapp

ST - Loaded

DT - Loaded
DE - We might be ok here. Clowney would be nice though
LB - Need someone to step up next to Demario Davis. Kiko, Anzalone, & Baun are nice options. Kaden Elliss & Bachie look like a couple of sleepers
CB - Legit #1 & #2. CGJ in the slot. PJ & PRob backup slot. Might still need a backup outside vet CB
S - I hope Marcus Williams & Jenkins work out at Safety. I really like Swearinger as a backup. CGJ can play SS as well.


The only needs I see are maybe a backup outside CB & Clowney if possible.


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Suntiger
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re: New rules, important dates to know for 2020 Saints training camp
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Tommylee Lewis - 825 k (2020)





DT is stacked. Going to be hard to chose who to keep out of that group. I love that we have talent and depth at both OL and DL.

LBer is the biggest question IMO. We know what Davis and Robertson bring to the table. We know Kiko and Anzalone will only give us 3 to 6 games each. We just need to hope that Ellis, Baun or Bachie can step up into a starting role. I was impressed with Ellis last year before his injury.


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cheeser
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re: New rules, important dates to know for 2020 Saints training camp
In Alabama these little get togethers are known as summer football parties .


GMoney2600
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re: New rules, important dates to know for 2020 Saints training camp
I just updated the roster (4 posts above) with Bradham & Fowler.

The LB position actually looks much stronger now. Bradham has a very good injury history, which is huge imo. 2 healthy vets, 2 recovering vets, & Baun to choose from.

The WR position is still the same pretty much. Need 1 or 2 guys to step up for #3 & #4 WR. Deonte Harris is the default #5 WR at this point imo. If we keep a #6 WR, it will be for ST or a big body used for blocking on offensive plays.
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