On Wednesday, the National Football League and NFL Films finally came to a decision on this year's Hard Knocks participant and announced the New York Jets as the team dealing with camera crews all summer.
Every year, the NFL forces one of its teams to go under the proverbial microscope via the popular Hard Knocks docu-series, broadcast on HBO. Film crews cover the locker room and on-field practices, and most head coaches seem to loathe the idea of even being on the show in the first place. As for fans, it's a great way to see inside parts of the game that remain closed off.
A few rules are in place that help decide which teams will be featured. First, a team with a brand new head coach is automatically out. Second, a team that's already been on the show in the last decade does not have to do it again. Finally, if a team has made the playoffs in the last two years, they also do not have to be on the show—which helps a team like the Chiefs stay away from the series.
With the news that the Jets are now the chosen team, it allows us to anticipate particular storylines. All eyes will be on Aaron Rodgers, of course, now that he's suiting up for the only other team he's ever played for outside of Green Bay. It should also be fun to see young defensive anchors like Sauce Gardner and Quinnen Williams grow with a unit aching for a playoff appearance.
Chiefs fans will get to follow Mecole Hardman up close in his new environs in New York with Hard Knocks covering the Jets.
As for Chiefs fans, a few players will be familiar this preseason—depending on how long they last on the New York Jets roster. Wide receiver Mecole Hardman landed a multi-year deal with the Jets earlier this spring, so fans will be able to follow him as he tries to make a bigger impact in the AFC East.