December 4, 2023

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Preseason isn’t just about the big names gracing the field

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Lately, there’s been a ton of fans voicing their opinion on their team’s preseason games; and rightfully so, but preseason can be an exciting time of the year. For starters, it’s a sign that football is officially back and time to rejoice together as fans. After the 2020 season, we should all be excited to be back together. Whether it be due to injuries, star players playing, or even those same players having the night off, fans seem to have everything figured out on their team’s behalf. Some judge why star players are playing and some complain about the limited reps, while other question why they are suited up to begin with. Again, we should all be rejoicing for the return of the game we all share the love for.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Cincinnati Bengals on August 14, 2021 (Photo by J.T. ‘BucDad’ Bowers/Bucs Life Media)

To those who are actually a fan of preseason games, watching the younger talent showcase their skills in hope of making a roster spot has more value. It’s watching their team scout who will make the final 53-man roster or even getting to see some players putting out their game film to potentially land on another team’s roster. Some being the rookies that fans watched their team’s draft or pick-up post-draft, taking the field for a live game compared to the daily routine of training camp. Unless it happens to be a joint practice, it’s the same guys, day in and day out. It’s getting to see the potential depth chart and hoping to ease the thoughts of “what if (enter player’s name) goes down due to injury”? For coaches and coordinators, it could build game plans for the season in regards to which player could fit in what package if they make the roster. Maybe it’s unveiling a special play that no one may recognize in the future, or if they’d even use the play again.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers take the field for their preseason game vs the Bengals on August 14, 2021 (Photo taken by J.T. ‘BucDad’ Bowers/Bucs Life Media)

In the end, we should all be able to come together and rejoice as football has once again returned. No matter your team, thoughts, or opinions, preseason needs to remain, whether shortened or remaining the same; the 17-game season is going to be grueling, and for some players, a team is going to be in need of their services.

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