The NFL preseason is back, and which means a huge selection of jobs are at risk over the league.
Although most teams only play three preseason contests, the NEVADA Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars — last week’s Hall of Fame Game participants — suit up for four games.
We’ve already seen a substantial amount of movement round the league ahead of this week’s 16 contests, 1 / 2 of that will air go on NFL Network, you start with Thursday’s Giants-Patriots tilt (7 p.m. ET).
Here’s a very important factor to view for from all 32 teams in Week hands down the NFL preseason.
A nation will settle directly into witness the Ravens put their all-time best 20-game preseason win streak at risk. Even though Lamar Jackson‘s contract may be the biggest issue Ravens fans are fretting, that wont really factor into that one. Instead, we’ll be seeking to observe how the receivers, the left side of the offensive line and the secondary fare. If Ja’Wuan James plays versus Tennessee, he could possibly be at left tackle — showcasing just as one Week 1 alternative to Ronnie Stanley if the starter’s ankle isnt healthy by that time. … The Titans continue steadily to back Ryan Tannehill at QB, but inquiring minds need to know how Mailk Willis fares in his pro debut. Can he contribute on the way in 2021, or is Willis raw enough to stay line for a redshirt year? We expect a great play or two from Willis, who includes a knack for generating excitement on the field.
That one is simple for the Falcons. Their offensive rookie trio of QB Desmond Ridder, RB Tyler Allgeier and WR Drake London should see a lot of run in this game, as head coach Arthur Smith has said every healthy player will play in the preseason — much to the delight of fantasy managers on the market. All three rookies could easily get cracks to start out this year, with London likely to vie for a starting gig immediately. … For Detroit, it’ll be our first look at No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson in a preseason game, so he will certainly be considered a popular player in that one. But we’ll likewise have eyes peeled on the defenders behind him, too. The Lions have plenty of jobs shared at linebacker and in the secondary. The team appears to love sixth-round LB Malcolm Rodriguez, a kneecap-biter in training.
I would like to start to see the new offensive weapons for just two teams which have legitimate hopes of improvement this year. The Eagles may not showcase wide receiver A.J. Brown in that one, however the Jets figure to provide their two rookie playmakers — WR Garrett Wilson and RB Breece Hall, both of whom come in the Offensive Rookie of the entire year discussion — some action. QB Zach Wilson has reportedly been along in camp, but there is no question the offensive talent surrounding him has improved. Wilson is one receiver to view, however the same applies to Elijah Moore at this time. Moore is a star in camp and may function as offense’s big-play threat in 2022. Lets see him work contrary to the Eagles’ secondary.
About seven months ago, these teams were battling for an NFC Championship Game berth in a snowy meat grinder of a game at Lambeau Field. The stakes are significantly lower here. However, this actually rates fairly on top of the preseason watchability scale considering that 49ers QB Trey Lance and Packers QB Jordan Love figure to get decent snaps. Lance has been the talk of Niners camp and is among the bigger X-factors in the NFL this coming season. Love remains something of an enigma, but he’s reportedly been stacking quality practices. Another practice standout is Packers rookie WR Romeo Doubs, who could possibly be playing his way right into a notable role with Green Bay since it tries to displace Davante Adams. This game is actually a window into tomorrow for both of these successful franchises in semi-transitions.
The Panthers’ QB situation remains murky. Although Baker Mayfield remains the favourite to start out the regular-season opener against his former Browns team, it is possible Sam Darnold could easily get the initial crack here. He’s played well in camp, per reports, holding serve while Mayfield absorbs a fresh scheme. Additionally, there is third-round QB Matt Corral, who could play the majority of the second half. Mayfield and first-round OL Ikem Ekwonu, arguably Carolina’s two biggest acquisitions this offseason, have yet to be named starters. This game is seemingly big for both. … For the Commanders, seeing an audio performance from their new QB, Carson Wentz, would ease minds. In the end, this coming season could possibly be Wentz’s final shot to become a starter in the league. Washington also offers a QB I’m interested to see in fifth-rounder Sam Howell, who hasn’t looked out of invest camp.
The Byron Pringle–Deon Bush revenge game! OK, not, but Pringle is one of the receivers vying to earn targets from Justin Fields following the Bears quarterback’s up-and-down rookie season. Chicago’s WR group requires a large amount of Twitter trash talk, which means this is a great possiblity to quiet the haters a little. Along with Pringle, there’s Darnell Mooney, rookie Velus Jones Jr., Equanimeous St. Brown, Dante Pettis, Isaiah Coulter among others who could stand to place some quality tape on the market. … We’re uncertain if Frank Clark or Carlos Dunlap will suit up, however the Chiefs’ pass rush figures to become a hot topic in the initial exhibition game. First-rounder George Karlaftis, who was raised a couple of hours later on from Soldier Field, could easily get a lot of snaps in that one.
If there is a preseason game this week featuring more QB uncertainty — with both franchises wanting to replace future Hall of Famers — we’re unaware of it. In Seattle, Geno Smith and Drew Lock are battling for the starting spot. Smith begins against Pittsburgh, but Lock’s performance (with the second-team offense versus the Seahawks’ top defense) in last Saturday’s scrimmage seemed to indicate that the battle is probably not near over. For the Steelers, Mitchell Trubisky‘s uneven camp performance has raised the concern level a notch or two. He’s still the favourite to start out come Week 1 and can obtain the nod in Saturday’s game. However, with Mason Rudolph putting his best foot forward and first-rounder Kenny Pickett appearing to rebound carrying out a slow begin to camp, the performances of most three passers figure to be hotly debated following this contest.
With Tom Brady stepping from the team through next week’s preseason game (Aug. 20 at Titans), the three other quarterbacks on Tampa Bay’s roster end up in the spotlight. The main one whom we think might use a large outing here’s Kyle Trask. The 2021 second-rounder has some work to accomplish, with vet Blaine Gabbert coming across Brady’s top understudy now. Plus, we’ll get talks about the guts replacement choices for Ryan Jensen (Robert Hainsey, who left practice with cramps on Wednesday, can be your clubhouse fave) and a slew of talented receivers who could possibly be considering a numbers game. Receivers such as for example Tyler Johnson, Breshad Perriman, Jaelon Darden, Scotty Miller and Cyril Grayson could possibly be auditioning for his or her future teams as the Bucs can’t keep every one of them. The roster already has Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Russell Gage and Julio Jones. … For Miami, let’s sidestep the Tua talk and muse: How will the RBs be unleashed? Mike McDaniel includes a glut of candidates, and the sorting begins in this game. Myles Gaskin may be the odd man out, so his playing time here may be revealing.
Among the stars of Saints camp on offense has been first-round wide receiver Chris Olave, who not merely is apparently each day 1 starter but may be an Offensive Rookie of the entire year favorite if he keeps up his play in the standard season. Despite having Jameis Winston sitting out against Houston because of an injured foot, Olave will undoubtedly be among the star attractions. … We probably won’t see him harmonized with Texans rookie DB Derek Stingley Jr., who’s still working his in the past from injury. But Olave may need to cross paths with the teams third draft pick in 2022, safety Jalen Pitre, who already has made some early waves.
Justin Herbert hasn’t played a preseason snap, and that apparently won’t change any time in the future, in accordance with head coach Brandon Staley. We’re also not looking to see snaps for Matthew Stafford, who has handled elbow discomfort and seldom plays in August anyway. But it doesn’t mean there aren’t some intriguing offensive playmakers who could showcase their skills in that one. We’ll opt for one really tall pass-catcher — and something on another end of the spectrum. You may find out about the Chargers’ Donald Parham, a 6-foot-8 tight end who has made six TD catches on 30 career grabs and reportedly is having a standout camp. He could possibly be in line for more work. And carrying out a redshirt rookie year where he didn’t play after Week 8, the Rams’ Tutu Atwell has begun showing some skill more befitting of a second-round pick. The diminutive blur of an offensive and special-teams weapon figures to get plenty of snaps, especially with Van Jefferson and Jacob Harris out.
The talk appearing out of the Raiders’ Hall of Fame Game win was about how exactly much Josh Jacobs played contrary to the Jaguars, resulting in speculation that his future with the team may be even shorter than we imagined following the team declined his fifth-year option for 2023. Head coach Josh McDaniels said this week that the team has “no desire” to trade Jacobs, but his usage against Minnesota will likely be considered a matter of conjecture. Well also be keyed in on the Raiders’ other backs, fourth-rounder Zamir White and journeyman Austin Walter, both of whom ran effectively against Jacksonville. … The Vikings would be the last NFL team going to the field this preseason, and we likely won’t see a lot of Kirk Cousins, if he plays at all. But that’s just fine as the Vikings quietly may be fearing life without Cousins, who has already established a solid camp. His backups? The term on Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond was not nearly nearly as good. Mond really requires a strong preseason to make an impression on new head coach Kevin O’Connell following the man O’Connell replaced, Mike Zimmer, showed no fascination with giving Mond snaps in the ultimate game of last season despite the fact that the Vikings have been eliminated from contention. Seldom an excellent sign, despite having a fresh staff set up.
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