5. Shortened preseason give Trubisky a huge advantage
The COVID-19 virus has already taken a toll on sports throughout the world. It’s taking its aim at the NFL now. The league announced recently that the Hall of Fame game, scheduled for Aug. 6, as well as the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony scheduled for Aug. 8, both were canceled due to the virus concerns.
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Additionally, there are reports that the league is considering shortening the preseason from four games to two. That way teams have two extra weeks to prepare for gameday protocols and testing. The league was already supposed to cut the preseason game schedule, but it wasn’t to take effect until next season.
If the preseason games are cut this year it gives Trubisky a nearly insurmountable advantage. Trubisky will start training camp playing with the starters. Yes, Foles will play with them as well, but that means he has to make an immediate impact in order to take the job away from Trubisky.
Teams still won’t use the starters fulltime during preseason games. There are other battles besides starting jobs so neither Trubisky nor Foles will get a long or effective look in just two games.
If the preseason is indeed cut to two games, there is no doubt that the competition runs into the regular season. When that happens, though, it really is Trubisky’s job to lose. If he gets on a roll early, it’ll be tough for the coaches to give Foles a shot.