Here’s a look at some of the key dates of the 2017-18 NFL calendar as announced by the league on Tuesday.
The NFL today announced a number of key dates for the 2017-18 season.
Here’s a quick look at those dates and a few thoughts on what they might mean for the Seahawks.
July 30 or so: Beginning of training camp — The Seahawks have yet to announce when their training camp will officially begin. But NFL rules state teams cannot open camp more than 15 days before a team’s first preseason game. Seattle opens the preseason Aug. 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers so that means camp can’t open until July 30 or so.
Sept. 2: Cutdown to 53 players — Recall that the NFL altered its rules on roster cutdowns this year and instead of their being two dates — one to cutdown to 75 and then another to 53 — now there is just one to set the roster at the regular season limit of 53. That could place a bit more importance on the final preseason game for players battling for the final roster spots. It also simply means teams will have more players for that final game so they can rest even more of those who they figure will be on the final 53.
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Sept. 3: Formation of practice squads — Teams can form their 10-man practice squads the day after rosters are cut to 53 and players have cleared waivers. That’s an important point to remember as teams cannot simply place players on the practice squad without exposing them to waivers first where they can then by any other team to its 53-man roster. Players also at that point can sign with any other team’s practice squad if they desire. But teams typically are all trying to do basically the same thing — re-sign 10 players who just spent training camp with them and know their playbook, etc. Still, gauging a player’s possible attractiveness via waivers is always a consideration for teams when deciding who to keep and who to…