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New York Jets preseason cut down to 2 games after NFL shortens schedule

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 08: A general view of action in the first quarter during a preseason game between the New York Jets and the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 08, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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The New York Jets 2020 preseason has been cut down to two games after the NFL shortens the schedule for every organization.

The NFL has shortened the 2020 preseason schedule to two games, per Pro Football Talk.

Weeks 1 and 4 will be the games that will be scrapped, which means the New York Jets may miss out on the two staples of the preseason, the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.

Per Field Yates of ESPN, once every team reports to camp on July 28, a 23-day acclimation period begins.

This would mean, as of now, the team’s Week 2 date in Detroit on Aug. 20 would remain set as would their Week 3 date at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The only difference would see Weeks 2 and 3 turn into Weeks 1 and 2 (with an extra week in between the end of the preseason and the start of the regular campaign).

This probably signals the end of the four-game preseason schedule as we know it. With the 17-game schedule on the horizon and the possibility of a shortened preseason firmly entrenched in the new CBA, this formula may logically be repeated in 2021 and beyond.

Logistically speaking, it makes all the sense in the world to cut it down to two games this summer. What’s happening in the world calls for such an action. But to eternally limit the number of preseason games will hurt the league in the long run.

Young players look to make a mark in August. Livelihoods are on the line and professional careers are created thanks to preseason games. Without a full slate coupled with the idea that training camps don’t feature any worthwhile hitting and live-action, future NFL kids looking to make an impact will also be cut down.

How the NFL officially shuffles the preseason matchups remains to be seen. It still makes all the sense in the world for the Jets and Giants to square off this summer, considering neither team will have to travel.

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