By: Dominic Hernandez
For those who don’t know how the NFL preseason works, I’m going to help you understand the process a little better. To begin, The first overall draft pick went to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville was on record as the worst team in the NFL last year, therefore, they were granted the ability to pick first out of the 32 teams. The Jaguars drafted Trever Lawrence, a quarterback from Clemson University.
In the beginning of the preseason, all NFL teams are able to hold onto about 90 players. However due to COVID-19 concerns, it has now been cut to 80 players. There are deadlines for a certain number of players allowed on a team. During week one, teams have a deadline for cutting 90 players to 85. After week two, they cut down about 5 more players, to make it 80.
85 man roster deadline: Tuesday, August 17th, time: 4 p.m. ET.
80 man roster deadline: Tuesday, August 24th, time: 4 p.m. ET.
53 man roster deadline Tuesday, August 31st, time: 4p.m. ET.
This week was the end of week 3 for the NFL preseason, which means that all NFL teams have officially curated their roster for the season. It should be no surprise that the goal of all 32 teams is to win the Superbowl, and they do this by relying on their roster.
The regular season is going to start on September 9th. The first game will be the Dallas Cowboys versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the beginning of another NFL season, rookies are going to get their chance to show up, and possibly show out, some of the best veterans in the league.