Normally, you ‘d look at a team’s practice squad, and that list would be loaded with novices who could potentially turn into something down the line.

Instead the Chiefs’ practice team includes gamers like quarterback Matt Moore, a 36-year-old quarterback who led Kansas City to success against the Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings last year, running back DeAndre Washington, who has actually played in 55 video games for the Raiders, and quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, among the finest gamers in the XFL.

The changing complexion of the practice team is a result of brand-new guidelines in location for 2020.

The practice squad had already been expanded from 10 gamers to 12 for 2020 as mandated by the NFL’s brand-new cumulative bargaining contract, which was negotiated in March.

But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL in July broadened the size of the practice squad pool to 16. That number ought to supply more versatility to groups in case players test favorable.

” It’s going to be a fluid situation,” Chiefs general supervisor Brett Veach stated. “It’ll all be identified by the environment– both injury-related and potentially pandemic-related.”

In case those scenarios occur, the Chiefs’ practice squad could assist supplement one of the league’s most gifted lineups.

Fortson is one of the intriguing names. The Chiefs initially attempted the 6-6, 230-pound athlete at tight end, but he turned heads during this season’s training camp at pass receiver.

” That’s allowed him to play faster and play more physical and let his natural talent program,” pass receivers coach Greg Lewis stated. “He’s done a tremendous job of that throughout this offseason.”

If the Chiefs want to ensure they keep a gamer like Fortson, groups are enabled to protect up to 4 practice squad players each week.

The other players on the practice team are complimentary to sign with another group at any point, but if a team indications someone from the Chiefs’ practice team, he needs to be contributed to that team’s active roster.

You can’t just jump from when practice squad to another.

As dictated by the CBA, teams are allowed to promote one to 2 gamers from their practice squads on gamedays, however after the video game they would return to the practice squad.

Because there are now more seasoned players on the practice team, there is a brand-new, two-tiered payment system.

Novices, gamers who have played a maximum of 2 accrued seasons or gamers who have played fewer than nine regular-season video games make $8,400 weekly.

Veterans, who surpass that threshold like Moore and Washington, make $12,000 weekly, and NFL groups can keep a maximum of 6 veterans on their practice squads.

With an NFL season being played in the middle of a pandemic and the new rules of the practice squad, the motion in between that squad and the active roster of the Chiefs will be one to see in 2020.

” We’ll certainly work and massage those guidelines as best as we can,” Veach said, “and put our gamers in as finest positions as possible.”