Late last week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFLPA board of representatives took to a vote to decide how the union wanted to proceed with the NFL’s preseason slate. Earlier in the week, it was reported that the NFL was planning on cutting the exhibition schedule in half by eliminating the firth and fourth preseason games for each team while shuffling things around in order to make sure every club would play at least one home game.
The NFLPA’s vote was unanimously in favor of canceling the entire slate of preseason games. As of right now, nothing has been made official and there’s no current speculation about which way the final decision is leaning.
In the end, this situation does not bode well for undrafted players and others hanging on to rosters by a mere thread. Preseason games might as well be the Super Bowl for some of these UDFAs who are attempting to make their NFL dreams come true. It’s all about the number of chances these players get to take advantage of. The established veterans will be fine, but some of these rookies and younger guys have probably been waiting all year for August to come around. To have those chances to showcase their skills potentially ripped away from them is terribly frustrating.
What are all of your opinions on this matter? Are you for a shortened preseason? What about a completely canceled preseason?
And here are today’s links.
Cameron DaSilva discusses how the Rams can maximize CB Jalen Ramsey’s ability in man coverage (The Rams Wire)
Bret Stuter believes the Rams were wise to pass on WR Denzel Mims (Ramblin’ Fan)
Bret Stuter reports on OLB Ogbo Okoronkwo wanting a bigger role in 2020 (Ramblin’ Fan)
Lindsay Thiry doesn’t see it as a negative that the Rams failed to address the offensive line during the offseason (ESPN)
Emily Kaplan interviews former NFL offensive linemen who have lost all their playing weight (ESPN)
Kristopher Knox suggests one move every NFL team should make (Bleacher Report)
Cody Benjamin ranks all eight divisions by their tight end talent (CBS Sports)
QB Lamar Jackson is prepared for teams to focus more on him in 2020 (Pro Football Talk)