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Chiefs’ Andy Reid says new roster cut down dates make the fourth preseason game exciting

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The fourth preseason is usually the worst. Many teams sit all their starters for the entire game or if they do play them it’s just for a series or two. The Chiefs lately haven’t played their starters at all in the final preseason game. That makes for a boring preseason finale ... until now!

The NFL changes the roster cut down rules so that instead of cutting from 90 players to 75 before that final preseason game, they do it after that game. And instead of going from 90 to 75 and then 75 to 53, they do it all at once with 90 to 53. That means that the Chiefs will have a lot more young players in position battles competing in that final preseason game.

“I’m glad the league did that,” Reid said via quotes from the Chiefs. “I like that rule. It makes that fourth game exciting. The fans can sit there and see the same thing we’re seeing and be able to evaluate the young guys. They’ll get a little more opportunity to play there, and I think that’ll make it a better fourth game for the fans.”

I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s exciting but this does give me a little more incentive to watch knowing there’s more competition. It also just makes sense that you’d get these players as much playing time and as much tape as you can.