Last season in the third week of the preseason, the starters played around 45 snaps, roughly 68 percent of the game’s total. The majority of them played the entire first half and into the third quarter, taking the field for two series after halftime, a welcomed warmup for the regular season.
“It gives us a chance to get into a rhythm and a routine for the regular season to work on your craft and your trade,”
With longer playing times for starters comes the first week of game planning. Coaches are working to devise schemes against their Week 3 opponent, the Titans, and they’ll be installing that game plan during the week. With lots of playing time looming for the roster’s final players in Week 4, this week represents a change in the action those young players will see.
“We’ll have scout teams, where we’ll try and simulate the Tennessee Titans offenses and defenses, so the younger players will have a new role,” head coach Mike Smith said. “The number of snaps we’re going to get will be reduced, simply because we are going to have to prepare both our offense and defense.”
Week 3 is a dress rehearsal for the coaches as well since they’ve not installed a game plan during the preseason so far. Getting them used to the flow of the work week is just as critical as it is for players.
“It helps the coaches probably more than the players to go through the process of getting back into the sequence of the week: what we’re going to do on Monday, what we’re going to do on Tuesday, how we install on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” Smith said. “So, it’s just a dry run for us.”