One of the best things about NFL training camp and the preseason is the position battles.
Who will make the team as the fifth wide receiver or cornerback? Which unknown players could emerge out of nowhere to make the roster and potentially make an impact in the regular season? And of course, the best battles of all—who will be the starting quarterback for teams with uncertain situations?
These competitions can be created for multiple reasons, such as free-agent acquisitions, rookies entering the NFL after the draft and more. But before Week 1 of the regular season arrives, teams will have figured out their depth charts and have their rosters set for the new campaign.
Before the first full week of the preseason schedule begins Thursday, here’s a look at the upcoming broadcast schedule, where to buy tickets for the NFL preseason and the most intriguing quarterback battles taking place in training camps.
The Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons played in the Hall of Fame Game, and the rest of the NFL teams play their first preseason games from Thursday on. There are 11 games scheduled for Thursday, two on Friday and three on Saturday.
It’s not long until rookies make their professional debuts, players begin to battle for roster spots in earnest and starters gear up for the beginning of the new season.
The NFL preseason got underway last week with the traditional Hall of Fame Game as the Denver Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons 14-10 and will begin in earnest on Thursday, with 11 games on the schedule.
Both the Falcons and the Broncos will play five games each in this preseason, as opposed to the other 30 teams, who will all play four games.Here’s everything you need to follow preseason.
While the Broncos and the Falcons have already worked up a sweat, the other 30 franchises will not be in action until Thursday, with the Buffalo Bills hosting the Indianapolis Colts at 7 p.m. ET and the New York Jets taking on the New York Giants at the same time.
Another nine games are on the slate on Thursday, with two games on Friday and three games on Saturday, respectively.
Preseason ends on Thursday, August 29, with all 32 franchises in action.
Live stream of the national games will be available via NFL Network, and the digital platforms of the channel broadcasting the games.