Preseason Week 2 Notes

published 08/20/19 9:31:53 AM EDT
by Tom Brolley

My raw preseason notes are back for another week. They include some statlines, observations on playing time, and any injury information to come from this week’s contests.

Monday’s Games

49ers-Broncos

  • Jimmy G made headlines last week when he threw interceptions on five consecutive passes in practice and the bad vibes continued in his first preseason action. He completed 1/6 passes for 0 yards with an INT and two other passes batted down at the line of scrimmage

  • Emmanuel saw his first action since he tore his Achilles last December. He finished with a 5-yard catch and a 19-yard run but he did have a 45-yard heave waved off because of a holding call.

  • Deebo showed some burst on a 45-yard end-around down to the goal line

  • Sutton caught two passes for 28 yards on consecutive attempts, including a 21-yard gain.

  • Phil Lindsay (5/14 rushing) got the start over Freeman (5/0) but neither player did much with the first-team offense

  • Coleman (3/21) played ahead of Breida (1/4) and neither played past the first quarter

  • Drew Lock left early with a right hand injury but X-rays after the game came back negative.

Sunday’s Games

Vikings-Seahawks

  • Chad Beebe played just two series with the starters and he looks to have the inside track for the #3 WR job

  • Irv Smith primarily worked with the second-team offense but he finished with 5/28/1 receiving.

  • DK Metcalf didn’t play as he needed a minor knee surgery, which could put him in jeopardy for Week 1

  • Thielen posted 3/45 receiving and drew DPI in just two series

  • Will Dissly saw his first action since rupturing his patellar tendon back in September last year

  • Lockett post 3/27 receiving on 4 targets in just two series of action

Saints-Chargers

  • Ekeler (3/9 rushing and 1/6 receiving) got the start but Justin Jackson (8/33 and 1/9) worked in with the first-team offense

Saturday’s Games

Steelers-Chiefs

  • Carlos Hyde played behind Damien Williams and he fumbled, which has been an issue during his career. Darwin Thompson was third back through but the most impressive with 4/30/1 rushing. He’s seen an uptick in first-team practice resp recently

  • The Chiefs starting offense managed just two first downs in three series

  • Mecole Hardman scored a 17-yard TD on a pass from Henne

  • James Washington continued his torrid start to the preseason, hauling four of five targets for 78 yards

  • Washington continues to gain ground on #2 WR Donte Moncrief, who lost a fumble. Third-round pick Diontae Johnson played well in relief (3/46 receiving on 5 targets)

  • James Conner posted 6/28 rushing while playing the first four series of the game before Jaylen Samuels relieved him

  • Benny Snell looked like a snail again (2.3 YPC) before he left early with a groin injury.

Patriots-Titans

  • Mariota played much better this week, completing 6/9 passes for 63 yards and a TD. Probably no coincidence he played better with his security blanket Delanie Walker back in action (2/26/1 receiving) and the pair connected for a TD

  • Tannehill played well for the second straight week, completing 7/11 passes for 84 yards and a TD

  • AJ Brown worked ahead of Taywan Taylor despite missing a good chunk of camp with a leg injury

  • Damien Harris had an impressive pro debut, averaging 5.8 YPC (14/80 rushing) and even catching all four of his targets for 23 yards. He was rarely asked to catch the ball at Alabama and he could offer potential on all three downs

  • Jakobi Meyers continues to make a strong case for playing time, catching all six of his targets for 82 yards

Browns-Colts

  • The biggest news came from off the field where Andrew Luck was spotted doing footwork drills before the game. Luck’s availability for Week 1 is a bit up in the air but he at least appears to be making progress.

  • Mayfield rested this week after playing in the first preseason game

  • Brissett looked sharp in three series of action, completing 8/10 passes for 100 yards with a red-zone TD to Eric Ebron. Brissett has been uneven in camp and he struggled in the preseason opener

Texans-Lions

  • Hopkins caught two of his three targets from Deshaun Watson. He looks just fine after starting camp on the PUP list.

  • First-round OT Tytus Howard left early with an apparent left hand injury.

  • After the game, Bill O’Brien said Matt Kalil will be the team’s starting left tackle

  • TJ Hockenson caught his first pass for 22 yards but he also got called for an offensive penalty on a Kerryon Johnson run.

Cowboys-Rams

  • Dak Prescott stayed perfect for the preseason, completing all five of his passes. His connection with Michael Gallup remains strong as the two connected on a 31-yard deep ball

  • Tony Pollard’s performance on the opening drive of the game could speed up Zeke’s return to the Cowboys. The rookie posted 5/42 rushing including a 14-yard TD run with the starters.

  • Malcolm Brown sat out while Darrell Henderson got the start. He was active as a receiver with 6/38 receiving and he added 6/16 rushing

FRIDAY’S GAMES

Bills-Panthers

  • Josh Allen locked on Cole Beasley on the opening drive, targeting him four times. Beasley ended up catching all five of his targets for 44 yards. Allen looked sharp again, completing 9/11 passes for 102 yards

  • Singletary was the second back in behind McCoy (rushing TD), post 3/25 receiving and 2/6 rushing

  • Cameron Artis-Payne once again got the start and Jordan Scarlett came in next (8/35 rushing, 14-yard catch)

Dolphins-Buccaneers

  • After tearing it up in the first preseason game, Preston Williams caught just 1 of 6 targets with a couple drops

  • Rosen got the start and took three sacks in the first half, completing 10/18 passes for 102 yards. He misfired on a potential TD pass and he could’ve had another pass taken back for a pick-six. His receivers didn’t help him with some drops too

  • Jones and Barber played just the first series. Jones ripped off a 10-yard run and then lost three yards on his next carry while Barber finished with just ⅖

  • Gesicki posted 2/14 receiving but dropped his third target playing with Rosen in the first half

  • The Dolphins rested Ballage

Bears-Giants

  • Daniel Jones had a mix of good and bad. He completed 11/14 passes for 161 yards and TD. He hit Latimer for a 40-yard pass before throwing a 15-yard TD to TJ Jones. He also lost fumbles, botching a snap and getting strip sacked.

  • Rod Smith started for the Giants with Barkley resting, posting 10/42 rushing and 2/8 receiving

Thursday’s Games

Jets-Falcons

  • I’m starting to be hopeful for this Jets passing attack and their overall offensive output this season. Going against the tendencies of previous Gase offenses, they played with pace once again. The Jets have gone no-huddle on nearly half of their snaps with Darnold on the field in the preseason (per Pat Thorman). Darnold and all of their receivers are being undervalued in ADP right now.

  • Montgomery looking elusive as the starter, appears to be the top option behind Bell. Powell next over McGuire

  • Darnold looking sharp, connecting with Robby and Enunwa after working with Herndon and Crowder last week

  • The Falcons O-line still looked rough. Ryan sacked three times and he had a pair of TDs dropped by Brian Hill and Justin Hardy on his final drive

  • Ridley’s hamstring looking good, caught both of targets for 28 yards

  • Ito Smith ahead of Brian Hill, 3/45 receiving and a 4-yard TD run. Ollison (9/44) also outplayed Hill (4/12)

Ravens-Packers

  • Lamar with an incredible red-zone TD run called back by penalty, completed 6/10 passes for 58 yards

  • Moore-McSorley good connection including on a TD throw

  • Boyle leading the TEs in snaps playing with Lamar so far (per Graham Barfield)

  • Boykin went catchless on three targets, including one from Lamar

  • Justice Hill posted 10/49/1 rushing against deep reserves. Fourth back through the rotation (Ingram/Dixon/Edwards/Hill)

  • CB Tavon Young injured his neck over the weekend and could miss the entire seasons, blow to their depth

Redskins-Bengals

  • Peterson racked up 4/31 rushing on the first two drives of the game and he stills looks quick

  • Ryan Finley started 8/8 with a TD, finished 20/26 for 150 yards and 2 TDs

  • Haskins — playing behind Keenum again — with a 55-yard TD throw to Robert Davis on 3rd-and-8, beautiful bomb delivered while standing tall in the pocket

  • Keenum completed 3/7 passes for 52 yards on the three scoreless drives. Did hit Vernon for gains of 17 and 26 yards

Eagles-Jaguars

  • Sanders played the entire first series. He ripped off two chunk runs on his way to 5/31 rushing. He also had a nice blitz pickup in pass pro

  • Al Blue first back in for the Jags followed by Rawls. Armstead sat out with a head injury

  • New backup QB Cody Kessler suffered a concussion

Raiders-Cardinals

  • CB Robert Alford suffered a fractured tibia. Pass defense is going to be trash until Peterson gets back

  • Rough day for Kyler and the Cardinals offense. Flagged for two false start penalties, took a sack for a safety, and threw for just 12 yards on 8 attempts (1.5 YPA)

  • David Johnson bottled up, posted 3 scrimmage yards on 5 touches

  • Andy Isabella didn’t see the field on offense until after halftime but he did catch a 59-yard TD in the fourth quarter

  • KeeSean Johnson got called for a OPI with the starters but he did see 6 targets and posted 3/23 receiving

  • Josh Jacobs with carries on four of the first five plays of the game for 21 yards

  • Tyrell with a deep catch (27 yards) along the sideline

  • Ryan Grant, playing ahead of Renfrow, with a TD catch from Carr

  • Glennon overthrew a wide-open Waller for a TD

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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.