Jarvis Landry took to Twitter Monday night to express his displeasure with the NFL preseason after a scary injury to his collegiate teammate and friend, Odell Beckham Jr.
Monday Night Football returned last night featuring preseason action between the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns. Cleveland would go on to win the game 10-6, but it was a scary hit on Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham from Cleveland’s Briean Boddy-Calhoun that had everyone talking. Boddy-Calhoun delivered a legal, but low shot on Beckham as he went up in the air for the catch. Beckham left the game after that.
It appears that Beckham may have avoided serious damage, although further evaluation is expected sometime today. As of now, it looks like Beckham may have sprained his ankle. There is no timetable set for his return, but he’s likely done for the rest of the preseason.
Beckham’s college teammate and good friend, Jarvis Landry, took to Twitter after Beckham’s injury to express his displeasure with the NFL preseason.
"“This is why I hate preseason…”"
Landry added an expletive word at the end, but since we try to keep this website family-friendly, we will not share what it is that was said. Bottom line, Landry was outraged as he should be.
The NFL preseason schedule is far too long when compared to the regular season. The four game schedule is equal to 25 percent of the entire length of the regular season. Based on percentages, that is highest among the four major professional sports. The teams that play in the Hall of Game play in a total of five preseason games.
Over the years, the preseason has been about player development and evaluating talent. In recent years, however, it’s been more of an obstacle for teams to avoid serious injury. The Miami Dolphins have already experienced their share of season-ending injuries this off-season with two preseason games still to go.
Landry was simply voicing his frustration. He’s already seen his starting quarterback, starting linebacker, and valuable defensive back lost to injury for the season. Watching one of his best friends get hurt now, Landry has had enough. I completely understand where Landry is coming from, and I agree that something has to be done about the preseason.
Yes, I get that Ryan Tannehill and Tony Lippett‘s injuries occurred during practice. That doesn’t discount the fact that the NFL preseason is too long. Injuries are a part of the game, and there’s nothing you can really do about them happening in practice or the regular season. The amount of preseason games, however, can be cut.
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In my opinion, the preseason should be cut down to two games for each team. Even though us as fans look at the preseason as the honorary start of football returning, a strong majority do not give much attention to the games as a whole. Most of us just want to see how the starters and rookies are doing, which we typically see all in the first half. All we want in the end is the assurance that no one was hurt. The outcome of the game is irrelevant.
Joining Landry, Dolphins fans have had enough already, and just want to get the regular season under way without any further damage. Miami still has the confidence that they can get back to the postseason, evidenced by their signings of Jay Cutler and Rey Maualuga, to replace Tannehill and Raekwon McMillan, respectively. The Dolphins may be able to overcome their injuries with the recent signings, but they can ill afford any more severe injuries.
Unfortunately, Landry and fans will probably have to wait a long while before any thought of shortening the preseason becomes a possibility. The next time that there will likely be a lockout/strike will be in 2021. The idea of shortening the preseason probably won’t be talked about until then, and even then is probably an unlikely scenario. Still, it is one that needs to be addressed.