One year after having no preseason, the NFL will kick off a three-game version on August 5.
The NFL elected to cancel the preseason last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That meant two things. For players, it meant that they could not prove themselves on the field as they looked to challenge for back-end roster spots. That certainly hurt the players on the bubble of 53-man rosters, but expanded practice squads gave them a chance to make teams.