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How long will starters play in the NFL pre-season games?

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Pre-season preparations are always of significant importance for NFL teams ahead of a tough and demanding full season.

Since last year, and after a summer where pre-season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, each team now plays just three games each.

This also makes more sense after the regular season was extended to 17 games and 18 weeks.

The pre-season usually kicks off on the first week of August with the Hall of Fame Game and this summer the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders will take place at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio on Thursday, August 4.

The NFL announced all the teams’ full pre-season schedules back in June, with all duels now assigned a date and kick-off time.

Will starters take part in the NFL pre-season?

One of the main questions fans have ahead of their favourite teams’ exhibition matches is whether they will be able to see their favourite players in action ahead of next season.

Starters do not tend to play the full match in pre-season games, although each team rotates their players in a different way.

For example, some coaches allow their starters to rest in the first two games before playing them in the third one. Others give their starters a sprinkling of playing time in every game.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, for example, uses his starters for a quarter in the first pre-season game. In the second duel, they should be expected to be on the pitch for a full half and in the last game he could offer them more minutes, as they tend to play nearly three quarters of the game.

Reid is doing this in his bid to keep his starters fresh and in shape ahead of Week 1 of the new NFL campaign.



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