The NFL and NFLPA are still trying to agree on the length of the preseason, with the league wanting two games while the players’ union would like no preseason games due to the virtual offseason. Pittsburgh Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt voiced his support for skipping the preseason, saying that players will need time to get back into game shape.
When asked about which teams will be ready, Watt said it’s going to be more about individual players and if they kept in shape during this entirely remote offseason.
“I really don’t think it’s going to matter much varying from team to team,” he said on “The Fan Morning Show” with Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack. “I think the biggest thing is just seeing who’s been prepared, individually.”
One of the NFLPA’s biggest concerns regarding the preseason is that the shortened time to prepare will cause players to be injured for games that don’t count. It’s a sentiment that Watt seems to agree with, as he says that there will be guys who arrive at training camp not even close to game shape.
“So many other guys don’t know how other people have been working out,” Watt said. “I know I’ve been working out extremely hard and just like I do every offseason, but then I know there are also some guys out there who haven’t been working out nearly as hard as they normally would. I think there definitely needs to be some sort of acclimation period where we’re able to get conditioned and in the right shape to play football, because like I said, some people are working extremely hard and some guys probably aren’t working as hard as they should be.”