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Bucs Nation

Bucs at Steelers Preseason Week 1: What We Would’ve Watched For

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Let’s take a look at what we would have watched for in the preseason opener that was supposed to take place on Friday night... It’s mid-August. In a normal year, that means one thing: PRESEASON FOOTBALL! Unfortunately, 2020 hasn’t been a normal year—not in the slightest, really. So, in an attempt to adjust to the new normal—and in hopes of pulling off a football season amid a pandemic—the NFL has canceled all preseason games for 2020. That means, instead of seeing the new-look Buccaneers in action Friday night against the Pittsburgh...

Bleeding Green Nation

13 Eagles players that would’ve been the most interesting to watch in the first preseason game

Photo by Mark Brown/ Here’s what we could’ve been watching for. The Philadelphia Eagles would’ve played a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts last night it weren’t for the coronavirus. I would’ve posted an article prior to the game about the most interesting players to watch. Now I’m left writing about players I would’ve been most interested to watch if the preseason schedule hadn’t been cancelled. Sigh. At least the regular season is (potentially) less than a month away? And this list kind of doubles as “players I’m most excited to see during training camp...

Windy City Gridiron

Report: Bears to try out preseason superstar Kyle Sloter

Photo by Justin Edmonds/ Sloter, went to Southern Miss and Northern Colorado and has spent preseasons with the Broncos, Vikings, Cardinals and Lions Perhaps take it with a grain of salt, seeing as how the report has originated from Facebook but South Bend TV reporter Max Lewis says that’s where he found out the Bears intend to tryout Kyle Sloter. Per Facebook, FA QB Kyle Sloter will be working out for the #Bears next week after quarantining for a couple days.Sloter’s been a preseason star since he entered the NFL & could provide Chicago with insight of the #Lions & #Vikings...

Pats Pulpit

The Top 20 Patriots Moments of 2019: Number 3

Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/ Our offseason countdown continues with the Number 3 Most Memorable Patriots Moment of 2019. You should be reading the first Fan Notes from the Preseason article of the year today. The Patriots were supposed to play last night, and we all should have enjoyed a rousing game of “Who the Hell is That Guy?” and “Why Are There Four #22 Jerseys on the Field Right Now?” Instead, here we are, still football-less, and still a month to go until the opening night game that’s 100% going to happen, no question about it. So may as well get back to our countdown of...


Patriots’ Bill Belichick claims this year’s rookies are in ‘turbulent water’

New England Patriots Bill Belichick understands that the 2020 rookie class has a particularly uphill climb at the beginning of their NFL careers. A typical offseason for a first-year player would include a rookie minicamp, an OTA program, followed by a full-team minicamp ahead of training camp and preseason games, providing months of reps in […] The post Patriots’ Bill Belichick claims this year’s rookies are in ‘turbulent water’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Pride Of Detroit

Matt Patricia sought help from NCAA coaches to prepare without preseason games

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports With minimal time to prepare, the Lions head coach is exhausting his resources. Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia always warns against ugly football in September. In the past, we’ve seen him turn up the intensity in training camp to get the team ready for the regular season, because there isn’t a lot that can completely prepare you for the speed of an NFL regular season game. Teams only have 16 games, so if they don’t hit the ground running, the season could be over before it even started. One major tool teams have to get prepared for Week 1 is the...

Arrowhead Pride

Chiefs’ internal competition makes up for the lack of preseason

Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Both sides of the ball are working to get the other ready for Week 1 It may be a common sports cliché — but on Friday morning, Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu tweeted a simple message in reference to the first day of padded-practice at Chiefs training camp. Iron sharpen iron https://t.co/NjbUSbGG09— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 14, 2020 In other words, one great unit playing at their best will force the other great unit to play better. As effective as the Chiefs defense proved to be towards the end of 2019,...

Arrowhead Addict

Chiefs training camp report: Frank Clark, Deon Yelder miss practice

The Kansas City Chiefs held their first padded practice on Friday. The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the practice field on Friday for their first padded practice of the preseason, but they were missing a handful of players—some expected and other names that were new to the list. According to head coach Andy Reid, the […] Chiefs training camp report: Frank Clark, Deon Yelder miss practice - Arrowhead Addict - Arrowhead Addict - Kansas City Chiefs - KC Chiefs News, Schedule, Roster and Rumors

Acme Packing Company

Thursday Cheese Curds: With no preseason, the underdogs on the Packers roster face an uphill battle

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The four exhibition games usually give those on the roster bubble a chance to shine. Thanks to COVID-19, those opportunities will have to come on the practice field Never tell them the odds. Every year during training camp and the preseason, there is usually a great underdog story or two. Somebody, buried deep in the initial depth chart, comes out of nowhere and turns heads in practice and especially during preseason games. This year, thanks to there being no preseason thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, those stories are likely to be in short supply. That’s not...


New York Giants: Which players will suffer most with no preseason

It was recently announced that the NFL would have no preseason games for the 2020 season; here are the New York Giants players that will suffer the most due to that decision. While many people are praising that decision because it is the clearly safer option when it comes to COVID-19 and injuries, there are […] New York Giants: Which players will suffer most with no preseason - GMEN HQ - GMEN HQ - NY Giants News & New York Giants Fan Community

Pats Pulpit

Eight things we would have watched during tonight’s Patriots preseason opener

Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Related: Cleaning out the notebook from Day One of Patriots training camp Under normal circumstances, we would have gotten our first extended look at the 2020 New England Patriots tonight. The team would have hosted the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium at 7:30 pm after already having spent the week during joint training camp practices. Of course, 2020 is anything but normal: joint practices were canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and so was the entire preseason slate. Instead of getting ready for tonight’s game, we are therefore dissecting...

Bleeding Green Nation

Eagles scheduled to play their first 2020 regular season game in one month from today

Photo by Scott Taetsch/ The countdown continues. If the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t exist, the Philadelphia Eagles would be playing a football game tonight. The Eagles were originally set to take on the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium starting at 7:00 PM Eastern. It would’ve been their first of four preseason games. Instead, there are no preseason games at all this year. The coronavirus has the NFL rolling right from training camp into the regular season schedule. And on that note ... only one month remains until the Eagles are scheduled to play their Week 1 game against...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

With no NFL preseason, Vikings practices may be more intense

Come Monday, coach Mike Zimmer will be allowed to put aside social distancing. ­

Vikings Territory

Rodgers, Stafford, and Trubisky all gone from NFC North in 2021?

What would normally be preseason time in the NFL is in full swing. Less than four weeks remain until the Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans for the inaugural contest of the 2020 season. The landscape of the NFC North is laden with its usual personalities — no head coaches or starting quarterbacks departed … The post Rodgers, Stafford, and Trubisky all gone from NFC North in 2021? appeared first on Vikings Territory.


A 2020 Broncos’ Roster Prediction

QB1 | Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Who makes the final 53? Playing football in a pandemic means more than ever, the 2020 NFL season will be one defined by depth. There’s no arguing how COVID-19 has dramatically impacted every aspect of life, and that doesn’t stop at football. No preseason means John Elway and the Broncos’ coaching staff will need to make decisions on roster spots with no live action against other teams. It also means I’m making this roster prediction with even less information. As a general rule, I expect the lack of game action and less practice time to favor...

Pride Of Detroit

Detroit Lions training camp profile: CB Darryl Roberts

Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Can the cornerback get his career back on track in Detroit? The Detroit Lions would have kicked off NFL preseason today if not for COVID-19. 2020 has turned into an unprecedented affair for the league as a whole, with training camp taking place behind closed doors and the entire exhibition season cancelled. This also means that entire training camp battles will take place without fans getting any knowledge of where the players stand or even getting a chance to see some players before they get released at the final cuts before the 53-man roster....

Pride Of Detroit

Open thread: Which Lions player is hurt most by a shortened offseason?

Yesterday we asked who benefits the most. Today, it’s who’s the biggest loser. Yesterday we asked you who was poised to benefit the most from the COVID-restricted circumstances that are forcing the Lions’ preseason to change. Most of you agreed that it was Jamal Agnew. Today, we’re asking the opposite—who stands to lose the most given the lack of exposure leading up to the season? Hint: it’s not Jason Huntley. Question of the day: Who stands to lose the most from the shortened offseason? My answer: Hunter Bryant. Jason Huntley is tempting. However, the Lions spent a fifth-round...

Revenge of the Birds

Arizona Cardinals need their young receivers to step up in 2020 camp

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Today marked the start of what would be normal training camp for the Arizona Cardinals and that means renewed hope. Hope for the team and hope for individual players. Walter talked today about the case for Hakeem Butler, that he could be one of the players for the Cardinals that comes out and makes a jump in 2020. This is an important season for Butler and fellow second year receiver Andy Isabella to show something because there is no preseason. Allegedly last camp Butler struggled so much that there were talks about him not making it out of camp, and we...

The Pewter Plank

Tampa Bay Buccaneers to broadcast Training Camp show live this preseason

Tampa Bay Buccaneers to broadcast Training Camp show live this preseason Fans won’t have the opportunity to attend Training Camps this preseason, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still engaging with their loyal following. The Buccaneers announced this week that they would be bringing Training Camp to the fans virtually by way of live access […] Tampa Bay Buccaneers to broadcast Training Camp show live this preseason - The Pewter Plank - The Pewter Plank - A Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

The Viking Age

Vikings News: Upcoming training camp practice might be broadcast live

Minnesota Vikings fans might finally see what this year’s team looks like. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no Minnesota Vikings preseason games this year. These exhibition games are usually the first time a number of Vikings fans get to see the team’s roster in action each year. The preseason is also the […] Vikings News: Upcoming training camp practice might be broadcast live - The Viking Age - The Viking Age - Minnesota Vikings News and Fan Community

Pats Pulpit

The Patriots will wear these face coverings this season, and you should too

Fanatics For more: The Pats Pulpit Patriots FanShop Football will look different this year, not just because Tom Brady is no longer a member of the New England Patriots. The Coronavirus pandemic in the United States has also forced teams to adjust — from a virtual offseason, to a new-look training camp schedule, to the cancelation of preseason. Once the regular season is kicked off, teams also will have to take special precautions against the virus. One part of that is wearing face coverings on the sidelines. And it wouldn’t be the NFL if those were not branded and available for...

Bolt Beat

LA Chargers: Five takeaways from Hard Knocks Episode 1

The school of (HBO’s) Hard Knocks is officially in session for the LA Chargers. After an offseason that felt longer than normal, football is back. Well. kinda. Hard Knocks, the NFL’s preseason staple is back to cover the city of Los Angeles. Both the LA Chargers and Rams are on the show this year, which […] LA Chargers: Five takeaways from Hard Knocks Episode 1 - Bolt Beat - Bolt Beat - LA Chargers News and Fan Community

Big Blue View

Joe Judge: Giants will hold intra-squad scrimmages

Joe Judge | Matthew Swensen/Giants.com “We’ve just gotta get ‘em out there and let ‘em play.” Without preseason games and with a limited number of padded practices to get his team ready for the 2020 NFL season, the New York Giants will hold intra-squad scrimmages each week during Phase 3 of training camp, which begins on Monday. The first scrimmage would be held Friday, Aug. 21. in preparation for the scheduled Sept. 14 season opener vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. Judge didn’t say the scrimmages would be each Friday, but that would make sense as players are off on...

Pride Of Detroit

Todd McShay 2020 NFL mock: Detroit Lions add another offensive weapon

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ Drafting a wide receiver in the first round is hip again! In a normal NFL offseason, we’d be preparing right now for the Detroit Lions’ preseason opener later in the week. But with practices open to the media starting next week, and everything else way behind schedule, there just isn’t much to talk about that hasn’t been exhausted already. Enter 2021 NFL mock draft season. A couple of college football conferences may have called it quits, but that didn’t stop ESPN’s Todd McShay from dropping his way-way-way-too-early 2021 mock draft. And because I...

Arrowhead Pride

Could there be a kick returner battle brewing in Kansas City?

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Arrowhead Pride’s 2020 positional previews continue with a look at the Chiefs specialists for this season. The Kansas City Chiefs roster has evolved quite a bit with opt-outs, an 80-man roster and the lack of a normal preseason. With the entire team officially in camp and practicing, information has begun to trickle out as we wait for final cutdowns. Meanwhile, we of the AP Nerd Squad continue to churn through positional previews for the 2020 season. We’re taking a look at the stars and the up-and-coming contributors — and making a sleeper pick for each...

Lombardi Ave

10 bold predictions for the Packers training camp 2020

Predictions for the Packers training camp in 2020. The Green Bay Packers are back at training camp with their first on-field practice set for the weekend. Usually by now, the Packers’ practices would have been underway for a while and the team would be preparing for the first preseason game. This was initially scheduled to […] 10 bold predictions for the Packers training camp 2020 - Lombardi Ave - Lombardi Ave - A Green Bay Packers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Bleeding Green Nation

Doug Pederson talks Eagles training camp expectations upon returning to team facility

The head coach is back in the building and ready for Phase 2 of camp. Head coach Doug Pederson is back on-site with the Eagles after being cleared to return and he spoke to the media on Wednesday about the team’s training camp schedule, how practices will look, and how he was able to coach remotely. On training camp Pederson said that he had a chance to go through the schedule for the padded portion, and he typically has 2 days of a controlled, live practice, and he’s going to stick to that — even without the preseason. He’s keeping it to a very similar schedule as in a regular...

Aaron Rodgers shouldn’t have sat out the preseason – Marcus Spears | First Take

Marcus Spears explains why QB Aaron Rodgers shouldn’t have sat out the preseason ahead of the Green Bay Packers’ Week 1 matchup against the Chicago Bears. #FirstTake ✔

Stephen A. struggles with rooting for Josh Gordon | First Take

Stephen A. Smith reacts to Patriots fans cheering Josh Gordon’s return to the NFL in New England's preseason game vs. the New York Giants. #FirstTake ✔

Pete Prisco's Preseason Takeaways: Aaron Rodgers can WIN MVP in 2019 | CBS Sports HQ

Pete Prisco and Jamey Eisenberg join CBS Sports HQ to discuss Prisco's takeaways from his travels around NFL training camps. Is Aaron Rodgers poised for a season to remind everyone his is the league's best signal-caller? Can Patrick Mahomes repeat his 20