NFL Hard Knocks Expands Preseason Selection Pool, Could Mean More Teams Will Participate in Show

By Eleanor Harrison Mar25,2024
NFL considering expanding rules for mandatory preseason participation in Hard Knocks

The league office is considering expanding the pool of teams that can be selected for the preseason Hard Knocks series. Currently, only teams with first-year head coaches, teams that have made the playoffs in the past two seasons, and teams that have done the show in the last 10 years are exempt from being chosen. However, if a proposed change is approved, teams with first-year head coaches, teams that have done the show in the past eight years, and teams participating in the in-season version of Hard Knocks in the current or next season will no longer be exempt. Additionally, the exemption based on playoff appearances will be eliminated.

If this change is approved by team owners on Tuesday, it could mean more teams may choose to participate in Hard Knocks rather than volunteer. Last year, only four teams were potential candidates: Jets, Commanders, Bears and Saints. Despite not wanting to participate, the Jets were chosen for the series marking a first time a team did not volunteer for it. With these changes in mind, future participation may become more common among NFL teams.

By Eleanor Harrison

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