It’s Time The NFL Adjusts Preseason Football
I don’t know if there is a simple solution to the problem but something needs to be done about the NFL’s preseason. I’m not just talking about the games specifically but the time before the season in general.
While I understand the need to see whether certain players are good enough to make the team, too many starters are hitting in the ground in meaningless situations.
Just to name a few this season: New England’s Julian Edelman, Kansas City’s Spencer Ware, Miami’s Ryan Tannehill, Indianapolis’ Ryan Kelly, Los Angeles’s Forrest Lamp & Denzel Perryman and Dallas’ Anthony Hitchens all hit the ground in before week one.
While some of the names aren’t exactly stars, they’re still starting players and losing a starting middle linebacker is a bigger deal than one would think.
Looking back the past few years, it’s easy to remember other big names dropping before it matters. Tony Romo and Teddy Bridgewater in 2016, Jordy Nelson and Kelvin Benjamin in 2015, Sam Bradford and Darnell Dockett in 2014 and Bryan Bulaga and Jeremy Maclin in 2013.
Like I said before, I don’t know if there is a specific solution and I don’t think that anything needs to be completely eliminated. However, two less preseason games has to be the starting point.
This one is pretty simple in my opinion, these games have no value other than getting to see practice squad players hit the field. If they want to keep all preseason games then they should not allow starters to play in the first two games.
Shortening the length of OTA’s and minicamp is something the NFL should look at because a lot of players are even going down in practice. Sometimes things happen and I understand that but it’s hard not to wonder if these guys are pushing their bodies too hard right away.