Rams and Chargers to double up on 'Hard Knocks' if there's an NFL preseason

Sam Farmer
The Rams and Chargers play Sept. 23, 2018, at the Coliseum. The two Los Angeles teams will be featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks" if there is an NFL preseason this summer.  (K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Is “Hard Knocks” planning double coverage?

If the NFL has a preseason — a big “if” amid the coronavirus pandemic — the league plans to feature two teams, the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, on the HBO documentary series that takes viewers into the inner sanctum of training camp, according to individuals familiar with the discussions.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

NFL Films, which produces the series, has never featured more than one team per preseason.

The announcement was to have been made last week at league meetings, but that plan was scrapped when the meetings were canceled, and now the NFL is focused on its upcoming virtual draft.

The Chargers have never been featured on “Hard Knocks,” but the Rams were the focus in the summer of 2016, their first year back in Los Angeles. Much of the focus of this year's edition would be on the completion of SoFi Stadium, the team's shared new home scheduled to open this summer.