I don’t recall the original schedule, but it seems like today or at least this weekend would have Been the first preseason game. With no preseason games to watch, it’s going to be difficult for us fans to get excited about preseason warriors and perceived breakout players. It gets me to wondering how much weight the coaching staff really put on preseason games. It seems that almost every year there are guys that grab the fans attention seemingly out of nowhere. We get to ooh and ahh over their “game” contributions and extrapolate that information to their impending HOF careers only to be disappointed at their release at the final cutdown. This leads to a wringing of hands and the eventual weeks long dialogue that the coaches don’t know what they are doing and need to go ASAP.
Coaches see these players from OTAs to trying camp days to preseason games. We fans get glimpses. How much weight is put on game performance vs camp practice? There are guys who perform better in practice than they do in games just as there are guys that play way better in games than they practice. Does this all mean that there will be a bigger emphasis on intrasquad scrimmages? I’m thinking we might see a higher rate of turnover on the practice squad and those lower roster guys than normal.
Every team will go through a less than normal evaluation period which will result in more guys slipping through the cracks. Leave no stone unturned may be bigger than ever. Talent evaluation will require a different lens and much bigger scope of focus during this pandemic.