The Expansion of Hard Knocks: A Look at the Proposed Changes to NFL Teams’ Eligibility Criteria

NFL considering expanding rules for mandatory preseason participation in Hard Knocks

The league is considering expanding the pool of teams that can be selected for the preseason Hard Knocks series. Currently, 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 the proposal 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.

Last year, only four teams were potential candidates for Hard Knocks: Jets, Commanders, Bears and Saints. Despite not wanting to participate,

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