Football season is finally here which means only one thing – it’s time for another season of Hard Knocks on HBO. Every year HBO follows an NFL team from training camp to the beginning of the regular season. 90 players will be cut down to 53 (with a quick stop at 75 players) in a 5 week period that includes 4 preseason games.
“Preseason doesn’t mean anything” is said so many times by so many people it has become a cliche. Certainly the majority of the team’s 53 man roster is known from the beginning of training camp, but the drama comes from all of the players on the bubble. Rookies, undrafted free agents, high draft picks, and older veterans can all either under or overperform in training camp to shake things up. For many of these players it might be their only shot at an NFL career and every play can move them up or down the depth chart.
Not surprisingly a lot of the people Hard Knocks focuses on are these ‘bubble players’ but previous seasons of Hard Knocks have also given fans glimpses into the lives of many star players and members of the coaching staff. The Atlanta Falcons were expected to be a playoff team last season but didn’t even come close with a 4-12 record. My guess is that this team will want to make a statement in preseason and put last season behind them as soon as possible.
Date: Tuesday, August 5th
Episode Title: Episode 1
Start Time: 10pm ET/PT
Online Stream: HBO.com (HBOGO)