The Jacksonville Jaguars might not be playing any preseason games next month. The NFL has reportedly offered a plan for the season going forward that includes zero preseason games, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
NFL offered the NFLPA today to play zero preseason games this summer, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 20, 2020
Instead of preseason games, there will apparently be a longer “acclimation” period for strength and conditioning that extends training camp and allows for more time before live game action.
Earlier this month, the league reduced the preseason schedule down to two games. But players continued to push to have the preseason games eliminated completely. It will be interesting to see what the take of this give-and-take concession by the league and ownership will be, however. Reduced payouts in the case of someone falling ill? Changing the size of the active roster? What about some sort of modified injured reserve?
Many will say this ruins the quality of games for Week 1 of the regular season, but those are usually bad games anyway, so taking away preseason games doesn’t really do anything.