The NY Jets and the rest of the NFL are reportedly set to play only two preseason games.
The NY Jets and every other NFL team have been forced to deal with the effects of a bizarre offseason brought about by the ongoing global pandemic.
From a sketchy free-agent period to a virtual draft, the NFL world has been shaken up this offseason. And that notion continued with the cancellation of minicamps and OTA’s with in-person meetings replaced by “virtual offseasons.”
And even though training camp is currently slated to begin on time in late July, it’s clear the effects of the current state of the world will continue to impact the league as a whole.
That was made evident on Wednesday as it was reported that the NFL will institute a two-game preseason schedule for the 2020 season.
As first reported by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the NFL has “scrapped” Week 1 and 4 of the preseason leaving the middle two weeks as the only exhibition games being played this summer.
Florio went on to say that the NFL is expected to make an official announcement about it tomorrow and that their decision is based on concerns about travel and teams wanting to make up for lost time with their players as opposed to worrying about more preseason games.
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What does this mean for the NY Jets and their summer schedule?
For the Jets, this means that they currently won’t be scheduled to play their original Week 1 and 4 opponents. That means that their games against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles have been shelved for the time being.
The Jets were slated to play the Giants in their annual preseason matchup in Week 1 while they were set to take on the Eagles in Week 4. At the moment, it appears that both games are canceled.
That means that they will kick off their preseason on August 20th on the road against the Detroit Lions and return home the following week to play the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 28th.
Of course, things could change and the NFL could replace one of those two games (likely the Steelers matchup) with the annual Jets/Giants summer meeting.
But if things stand the way they are, the Jets will miss out on their annual matchup with the crosstown Giants.
Just another hit to the legacy of the game formerly dubbed the “Snoopy Bowl.”