NFL News and Notes: Stephen Ross Says NFL is a Go for 2020

Oct 27, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) reacts during an NFL International Series game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley Stadium. The Rams defeated the Bengals 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Ross, Owner of the Miami Dolphins, says he is confident the NFL season will go on as scheduled for 2020. He said that while it may be without spectators, there should be no reason that the NFL cannot start the season on time.

The NFL announced that it plans to play the 2020 season with the regular start date of September 10th. It is highly doubtful that fans will be in the stands, but with more and more things opening up a limited capacity is definitely a real possibility.

At least in some cities, NFL teams could play in stadiums that are 20-30% full. A few other leagues around the globe have announced similar seating arrangements.

Robert Kraft has also indicated he is very optimistic that the NFL season will start on time. In an interview with Fox News, Kraft said that the league is working “hand-in-hand” with the players union.

The NFL is working on safety protocols and making sure exposure is limited. With guidance from the team’s medical experts, each team will decide how best to proceed with camps.

Jalen Ramsey Will Report to the Rams

It was thought that Jalen Ramsey, cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams, would hold out for a new deal. Ramsey has announced that he will report to the team’s training camp, despite still not getting a contract extension. This coming season, Ramsey will be playing on the last year of his rookie contract.

The Rams have acknowledged that Ramsey deserves to be paid like one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. It remains to be seen when the deal will be finalized, but it appears both sides are ready to get to the negotiating table once everything returns to normal.

Byron Jones, a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, is currently the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. His deal was worth $82.5 million over five years, with $57 million guaranteed. Ramsey’s contract should eclipse that, making him the highest-paid corner in the league.

Dolphins Getting Creative

Hard Rock Stadium will become a drive-in theater. They will allow up to 230 vehicles to drive onto the field for movies and gatherings.

They have also created an open-air movie theater just outside of the stadium. This way, they can offer the drive-in movie experience to more cars and at a reduced rate. If game seating is reduced, this will certainly prove itself as one of the more ingenious ideas to make up for lost revenue.

More and more business departments are getting creative and finding ways to make money with stadium capacity most likely being limited during the 2020 season. Open-air big screens and drive-ins could be the norm if stadium parking allows it. If you can’t get people in the stands this might be the next best way to make some money.

Ryan Fitzpatrick Excited About Mentoring Tua Tagovailoa

The well-traveled veteran, Ryan Fitzpatrick, will be a great sounding board for Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa won’t be ready to play if the season starts on time, so he will get a chance to watch and learn from the seasoned QB.

Very few NFL quarterbacks have been around as long as Fitzpatrick, so his knowledge should help Tagovailoa acclimate himself to the NFL game. Fitzpatrick said he has made plenty of mistakes and hopes he can teach the rookie before he makes them himself.

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