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NFL Rule Changes: Now Only One Preseason Cutdown Day

Rosters will now go straight from 90 players to 53

Minnesota Vikings Press Conference Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

On Tuesday, the National Football League made a rule as to how teams are made to conduct business during Training Camp and the preseason.

The league passed a rule that says there is no longer a deadline for teams to reduce their rosters from 90 players to 53. In the past, there has been a deadline. . .usually after the third preseason game. . .where the team had to trim their roster to 75 players as a precursor to the final cut to 53. That is no longer the case.

This means that teams, if they want to, could carry their entire 90-man roster into their final preseason game. This could be a good thing for some of the “fringe” players, as the starters generally see no snaps in the fourth preseason game and some opportunities could be opened up for players to prove themselves.

It’s entirely possible that teams will be cutting players from their rosters throughout the preseason, but thanks to this rule that has been passed today, there is no longer a date that they have to be down to 75 players.

What do you think of this new rule? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?


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