Preseason Week 1 Notes

published 08/11/19 10:57:23 AM EDT
by Tom Brolley

Be sure to check out our Fantasy Free Agents podcast breaking down the first week of preseason action. Here are the raw notes I took for the podcast. I cleaned them up a bit so they’re coherent. I’ll update these as more games are played. I’ll try to do this for at least the three meaningful weeks of the preseason.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

Bengals-Chiefs

  • Darwin Thompson put on a show in his pro debut, scoring on a 29-yard and posting 5/22 rushing. He also had a 16-yard gain wiped out

  • Hyde scored a goal-line TD working with the first-team offense

  • Mahomes completed 4/4 passes for 66 yards, including a 36-yard pass to Kelce

  • Second-round pick Drew Sample called for two penalties working with the second-team offense

  • Boyd saw 4 targets (3/25 receiving) on his only drive with Dalton, who completed 7/9 passes for 80 yards

Cowboys-49ers

  • Dak targeting Gallup on his only drive, 2/19 receiving and he drew a pass interference call on a deep ball. Gallup emerged at the end of last season and is having a strong camp too

  • Pollard got the start and posted 4/16 rushing

  • Trent Taylor recently suffered a Jones fracture, more chances for Jalen Hurd and Richie James coming. Hurd posted 3/31/2 receiving

Rams-Raiders

  • Henderson played behind John Kelly, Henderson had just 8 scrimmage yards on 6 touches

FRIDAY GAMES

Steelers-Buccaneers

  • James Washington deep connection (43 yards) with Dobbs on the first play of the game. Washington back-shoulder TD with Rudolph and nearly had another score but toes on the chalk

  • Rudolph had a couple of nice throws in the red zone, bought time in the pocket on the Gentry TD

  • Samuels playing deep in the second quarter, Snell averaged 2.0 YPC

  • Perriman played next to Chris Godwin with Evans out of the lineup

  • Ron Jones and Barber rotated on opening series with the starters

  • Justin Watson couple drops

Vikings-Saints

  • Thielen long catch down the sideline from Kirkie to set up Mattison TD catch off playaction at the goal line.

  • Mattison worked with the starters with Cook resting. Mike Boone ripped off a 64-yard TD run late

  • Irv Smith with 3/21 receiving on 7 targets working with the backups

  • Both Kamara and Lat Murray catching passes

  • Mike Thomas end-zone target from Bridgewater

THURSDAY GAMES

Jets-Giants

  • Love the uptempo pace from Gase after using such a deliberate pace in Miami

  • Darnold-Crowder connection on point on opening

  • Anderson, Crowder, and Enunwa each played all seven snaps with Darnold

  • Darnold a little skittish on the last step of his dropbacks but moved well in pocket to create big plays for Herndon and Crowder

  • Ty Montgomery got the start with Bell out

  • Daniel Jones throwing with zip and confident on his dropbacks. He didn’t look like a rookie

  • Latimer started with Tate, 2/36 receiving with Jones

Ravens-Jaguars

  • Ravens clearly focused on using Jackson as a passer in this one. Jackson 4/6 passing for 59 yards and a TD to Snead

  • Miles Boykin TD from Trace McSorley wiped out by a holding call

  • Alfred Blue played ahead of Ryquell Armstead

Eagles-Titans

  • Sudfeld broke his left wrist and he’ll miss 6-8 weeks after surgery on Friday

  • Howard only starter to play and he rotated with Sanders, who came in after him

  • Goedert also played and posted 3/50 receiving on 5 targets

  • With no Davis or Walker, Mariota’s first three completions to Humphries (four connections total).

  • Mariota still looking uncomfortable at times and backup Tannehill lit it up in relief.

Bills-Colts

  • Singletary running through defenders, 9/27 rushing and 3/21 receiving. Could be the guy before long

  • TJ Yeldon doesn’t look long for Buffalo

  • Foster didn’t play a single snap with Josh Allen (18). John Brown played 17 snaps, Beasley 13, Roberts 11, Zay 9 (per Adam Levitan).

  • Zay Jones drop and needed evaluated for head injury on the play.

  • Nyheim Hines still struggling on the ground, 6/1 rushing on first three series.

Redskins-Browns

  • Mayfield led a TD drive without OBJ and Landry, running no-huddle

  • Higgins caught the TD and finished with 5/98/1 receiving. He’s the clear #3 WR now that Callaway is suspended four games

  • Chubb nice run on a draw play, Hilliard next man up. He had a fumble but 2/28 receiving with Mayfield

  • Haskins nice first throw for 24 yards on his first attempt but then he throws a pick-six and another INT later when he sailed a seam route

  • Washington’s O-line is a hot mess without Trent Williams, didn’t help Keenum/Haskins

Patriots-Lions

  • Kearse broken leg

  • TJ Hockensen and Damien Harris got the veteran treatment, didn’t play any snaps

  • N’Keal Harry showed some life after a rough start to camp. Posted 2/36 receiving but left early, hamstring had been acting up earlier in week

  • Jakobi Myers 2 TDs, one from Hoyer and one from Stidham. He’s a big slot type (4.63, 6’2”, 200 pounds). Started getting first-team snaps this week.

  • Maurice Harris continued his hot start to camp, caught first TD with Hoyer and 3/27/1 receiving

  • LaCosse got his leg rolled up but no updates

  • Ty Johnson ahead of Zach Zenner. Johnson could rise quick by the end of the summer

Dolphins-Falcons

  • Drake working with Fitz and the starters, got the whole first series.

  • Ballage had a three-and-out with Fitz before working with Rosen and the backups. Ballage did score on a 1-yard TD run

  • Rosen taking more hits but had some big-time throws on the final drive of the first half. He completed 13/20 passes for 191 yards and 1 INT

  • Preston Williams (6’4”, 211 pounds) is a player to watch. Posted 4/97 receiving on 5 targets. Former five-star recruit, failed drug tests at Tennessee and transferred to Colorado State. No invite to the Combine because of a domestic violence charge in 2017.

  • Gesicki had a 6-yard catch on Fitz’ first pass, played 8-of-12 snaps with Fitz (per Graham Barfield)

  • Ito Smith 1-yard TD and Ollison 8/41/1 rushing against deep reserves

Texans-Packers

  • Most of the starters sat in this one except Coutee… who of course got hurt. Sounds like right ankle should be fine

  • Deep shot to MVS on first play of game

  • Crockett 6/24/1 rushing and play ahead of Higdon. Taiwan Jones played ahead of both of them but probably means nothing

  • Dexter Williams 14/62/1 rushing with Jones and Jamaal Williams both out with hamstring injuries

Panthers-Bears

  • Trubisky handed off three times to Mike Davis. Montgomery in after that. He had 3/30 receiving and a rushing TD

  • Ian Thomas rib contusion

  • CAP started and Holyfield followed

  • Will Grier played behind Kyle Allen

Broncos-Seahawks

  • Lindsay two chunk plays early then Freeman comes in with a 50-yard run

  • Fant working with the starters, 2/14 receiving

  • Penny with a 27-yard catch and 42 total yards

  • Swing tackle Fant suffered an ankle sprain

Chargers-Cardinals

  • Murray and the Cardinals in the shotgun from their own 2-yard line on the opening drive.

  • Murray elusive in pocket and completed 6/7 passes for 44 yards

  • KeeSean Johnson bungled a sideline route and stepped out of bounds playing with Murray

  • Ekeler gashing Cardinals early but fumbled at the goal line. He still finished with a very nice 69 total yards. Jackson later scored at the goal line. Something to file away if Mel Gordon misses time.

  • Henry 2/15 receiving and Mike Williams had 28-yard circus catch along the sideline with Tyrod Taylor.

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Tom Brolley
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Tom Brolley is the better half of The Fantasy Free Agents Podcast with his partner Joe Dolan. Brolley owned a 53.8% winning percentage picking every game against the spread for his old site over the last two seasons.