Devin, Jason McCourty have good perspective on news of NFL potentially shortening preseason

Ryan Hannable
July 06, 2020 - 9:40 am

Last week it was reported the NFL is shortening the preseason from four games to two and will be redoing the schedule so teams get one home and one away game.

The first and last week of the preseason will be taken away as a COVID-19 precaution.

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Appearing on their Double Coverage podcast Sunday night, Devin and Jason McCourty shared their thoughts on the matter, but they really have their focus on other things.

"Does it matter?" Devin asked, via ESPN's Mike Reiss. "We have to figure out, 'How do we get back in the locker room?' When we go back, are we straight to training camp? What is that procedure? ... For us as players, we still want to know, 'How is everything going to function and work?' Don't get be wrong, everybody is working towards that and building. There's calls and everything. But I think that is more important than whether there's four preseason games, two preseason games, no preseason games. All that stuff will work itself out. All that stuff matters if the first phase of us being back in training camp is going well. If that doesn't go well, then there is no anything.

"For me, that has been more my focus. I haven't really cared what the preseason games look like."

Jason noted how taking away preseason games could potentially take away jobs for a few players who could shine in a preseason game, but knows that safety is what matters most.

"For me, just assuming things are flowing, any time you reduce preseason games, I know for some people you look at it and it's like, 'Hey, no one goes to those games, they're not as important, blah, blah, blah.' But, at the same time, some of your favorite players now were guys that had to go out there and make a name for themselves in those preseason games," he said. "So whenever you see those types of games taken away it hurts because that's the way guys make the team that they're on. They make other teams.

"But like you said, at this point, it's just like what is the safest way to get back on the field and to actually have a season? If that means we're reducing preseason, whatever the case is, obviously we have to do what we need to do."

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