Should the NFL get rid of the preseason?

You don't have to look far to see how the NFL preseason can mess up a team.

The NFL preseason is in full swing, providing fans with an appetizer before the main course that is regular season football. The preseason gives fans a first look at their team, and organizations gain valuable insight on what players to keep on team rosters. However, season-ending injuries happen in the preseason, and teams can assess players without putting their bodies in unnecessary harm. What do you think? 

PERSPECTIVES

You don't have to look far to see how the NFL preseason can mess up a team. The Dallas Cowboys got lucky with Dak Prescott after Tony Romo was injured during a preseason game, but what would've happened if it were Mark Sanchez behind center? 

The preseason offers too many opportunities for injuries to happen to key players. If someone goes down, it could mean the end of Super Bowl or playoff aspirations. The NFL should keep players out of harm's way and stop playing preseason games.

Preseason games also give teams the opportunity to see its players in action. Practice is great for working on skills, but until those skills are tested on the field of battle, they mean nothing. Even joint practices don't really simulate game situations like actual games. 

The preseason gives teams the best chance to field the best team when the regular season rolls around. There is a risk to playing in the preseason, but the benefits outweigh the cost.

MORE: In defense of preseason football

The NFL hasn't been great at giving the fans what they want. But the one thing the NFL does right is provide a fix for football-starved fans across the country. It's been six months since a ball has been snapped at an NFL game. Even though it's preseason, watching football is a joy that signals the end of the dog days of summer, and the beginning of hard hits, slick passes, and drama on the gridiron. 

Who cares if it's just preseason? The NFL is back!

Teams get a chance to see how players perform in game situations during the preseason, but they don't need to games to assess a player's talent. Joint practices have become en vogue in the NFL and could easily replace unnecessary games. 

11-on-11 drills against another team can display a player's ability in true competition. Teams also have more control over the environment than a game. If more teams focused on joint practices, preseason games would be a thing of the past.

MORE: The NFL preseason is not going away anytime soon but changes are on the way

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