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On Saturday, several NFL teams fielded starters for a “dress rehearsal” game in preparation for the 2022 season.
Two of the top-five scoring offenses from the 2021 campaign looked season-ready despite some changes at wide receiver.
What’s the normal thread between those units?
Both teams have quarterbacks who possess exceptional physical tools and unique talents. Quite simply, it is possible to change the names on the receiving end of the ball, but those offenses will stay potent with the existing signal-callers under center.
Anyone who had an early on fantasy football draft and found a definite running back should aggressively sell his stock after Saturday’s action. Who belongs on the trade block, and so what can managers do to displace him?
Lastly, a rookie quarterback has made enough plays to win a starting job, and his team should roll with him in Week hands down the upcoming campaign.
Listed below are the largest takeaways from Saturday’s games.
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The Buffalo Bills haven’t re-signed wide receivers Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders, who finished second and third on the team, respectively, in targets last season. The team won’t miss them because Gabriel Davis is ready for a more impressive role.
On Saturday, contrary to the Denver Broncos, quarterback Josh Allen moved round the pocket and fired a 28-yard pass to Davis for a touchdown on the Bills’ first drive.
Allen only played one series and looked sharp, completing all three of his pass attempts for 45 yards and a score. Case Keenum came set for Buffalo’s second possession and linked to Davis on his first throw for 19 yards.
Due to Allen’s strong arm and capability to extend plays along with his legs, Davis could have a lot of opportunities to beat defenders outrageous for splash plays in the passing game. This past year, he averaged 15.7 yards per catch.
Despite having the addition of slot wideout Jamison Crowder and rookie fifth-rounder Khalil Shakir, Davis will probably see more targets in the upcoming campaign. He looks primed to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in 2022 after recording 35 receptions for 549 yards and six touchdowns in 2021.
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The Buffalo Bills offense had a near flawless first half contrary to the Denver Broncos. Josh Allen and Case Keenum completed 19 of 21 pass attempts for 237 yards and two touchdowns combined.
Collectively, the Bills’ top running backs had a solid first half aswell. Devin Singletary, Zack Moss and James Cook all recorded 11-plus-yard rushes and combined for 12 carries, 96 rushing yards and two scores. Eighth-year veteran Duke Johnson added 55 rushing yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.
Once more, Singletary projects because the starter who’ll handle the early-down role. Meanwhile, Moss made probably the most of his short-yardage opportunities on Saturday with a set of touchdowns from the 1-yard line. Cook logged the largest gain on the floor with a 19-yard run. He also caught a pass for 12 yards.
Through four seasons, Allen has had on a substantial workload in the Bills’ rushing offense, logging 422 carries for just two 2,325 yards and 31 touchdowns. With a trio of ball-carriers who is able to excel in various aspects of the bottom game, new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey can dial back Allen’s rush attempts, which can only help him avoid unnecessary hits.
The Bills must have a good run game that has a backfield platoon to check a power aerial attack. They’re equipped to beat defenses in multiple ways this season.
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Following a departure of star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, quarterback Patrick Mahomes has discussed checking the offense with a bevy of contributors, and we saw that on full display Saturday.
Contrary to the Washington Commanders, Mahomes completed 12-of-19 pass attempts for 162 yards and two touchdowns and linked to seven different pass-catchers.
Needless to say, three-time All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce took part in the action with two catches for 23 yards on three targets. Yet Mahomes made new friends in the passing game, throwing a set of touchdown passes to tight end Jody Fortson.
Justin Watson also made a notable impact, hauling in two passes for 53 yards. He’s in line to supply depth behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, rookie second-rounder Skyy Moore and Mecole Hardman on the wide receiver depth chart.
Moreover, tight end Noah Gray had a 30-yard reception. Running backs Jerick McKinnon and Isiah Pacheco combined for three caches and 30 yards in the initial half.
Kansas City may miss Hill’s explosive plays in the passing game, lightning speed and contributions on special teams, however the offense will continue steadily to produce with Mahomes point-guard mentality under center. We’ll need to get familiar with new names in the Chiefs aerial attack this season.
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On Saturday contrary to the Kansas City Chiefs, Antonio Gibson started the overall game on special teams as a kick returner. Rookie third-round running back Brian Robinson took the initial few carries.
By the finish of the initial half, Robinson had eight rush attempts for 31 yards, and Gibson went into halftime with two carries for three yards along with three receptions for 37 yards.
Managers in points-per-reception leagues may think Gibson’s involvement in the passing game will salvage his fantasy value. Though he’s got the opportunity to catch out from the backfield, fellow running back J.D. McKissic has locked down that role during the last two seasons with 123 receptions for 986 yards and four touchdowns in Washington.
McKissic sat out contrary to the Chiefs. Once he’s back on the field, Gibson isn’t more likely to maintain third-down receiving duties.
In accordance with Fantasy Football Calculator, Gibson comes with an average draft position (ADP) of 4.08 in 12-person PPR leagues, and Robinson lists at 13.13. Expect managers to tighten that gap on the next little while. The former seems unlikely to create at a rate that justifies his current ADP, as the latter appears like a potential late-round steal.
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Entering the offseason, the NEVADA Raiders had to answer a pressing question at right tackle after rookie Alex Leatherwood struggled at the positioning through Week 4 this past year and subsequently moved to right guard for all of those other season.
The other day, head coach Josh McDaniels told reporters that the team has “some depth at tackle plus some competition.”
In three preseason games, Leatherwood, Brandon Parker and rookie seventh-rounder Thayer Munford Jr. have all had a go to impress the coaching staff and claim the work.
Parker suffered a personal injury amid a poor performance in the Hall of Fame Game contrary to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Early this week, Munford exited practice having an injury and didn’t return. Leatherwood opened Saturday’s matchup at right tackle and struggled mightily.
“Leatherwood just got shoved back to Mullens … and on another play, he gets beat clean round the edge for a sack. Mama Mia,” The Athletic’s Vic Tafur tweeted through the second quarter.
“Alex Leatherwood struggled tonight, no two ways about any of it,” the NEVADA Review-Journal‘s Vincent Bonsignore tweeted.
Leatherwood played in the next half, however the coaching staff can’t overlook his concerning begin to the overall game.
Unless the Raiders intend to put almost all their hopes into Jermaine Eluemunor, who’s served as a backup for some of his five NFL seasons, leading office must look at a free-agent pickup.
Based on the Athletic’s Tashan Reed, team brass isn’t on top of the available free agents, but Daryl Williams or Bobby Massie can’t be any worse than Leatherwood and two banged-up players at this time.
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Contrary to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kenny Pickett had probably the most efficient outing on the list of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks.
Under constant pressure during his time on the field, Mitch Trubisky struggled to determine a rhythm under center. He completed 5-of-8 attempts for 60 yards.
Pickett entered the overall game with about six minutes left in the next quarter and were able to engineer a touchdown drive on his second possession before halftime. In two series, he completed 6-of-7 attempts for 76 yards and a touchdown, recording a 151.5 QB rating.
Mason Rudolph played through the whole second half, completing 17-of-21 pass attempts for 127 yards and a touchdown, but he also made a glaring error having an intentional grounding penalty that led to a safety.
Pickett has played well in consecutive weeks to showcase himself within an open quarterback competition. Through two exhibition contests, he’s thrown for 171 yards and three touchdowns lacking any interception.
As a rookie first-rounder on par with veteran competition at his position, Pickett did enough to earn serious consideration to start out for the standard season, despite the fact that he didn’t open the preseason games with the first-stringers. Pittsburgh should allow him to understand face to face instead of roll with among its two bridge-gap quarterbacks in Week 1.
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In two preseason games, Malik Willis has completed 13-of-28 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 80 yards with a score.
Contrary to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, Willis had an uneven passing performance but led a brief touchdown drive. On the other hand, he continued to create big plays along with his legs. The rookie third-rounder had a 24-yard gain on the floor and led the Titans in rushing.
Willis isnt likely to start over Ryan Tannehill this season, but Tennessee can still use his expertise. Perhaps offensive coordinator Todd Downing can insert the dual-threat quarterback in run-pass option situations and the red zone.
With running back Derrick Henry coming off foot surgery, the Titans can ease his rushing workload and present Willis an opportunity to utilize his physical talent.
Willis doesnt need to run or hand off to a running back on every RPO call. He is able to throw to a receiver on a simplified read, which might be a confidence booster in his introduction to the professionals.
Maurice Moton covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. It is possible to follow him on Twitter @MoeMoton.