Preseason Week 3 Notes

published 08/24/19 10:57:02 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 dress-rehearsal contests.

Friday’s Games

Bills-Lions
Lions
  • The Lions had a rough night with LB Jarrad Davis (ankle) and C Frank Ragnow (knee) both being carted off for injuries. Davis anchors the middle of their defense while Ragnow anchors this O-line so any kind of time missed could hurt the Lions.

  • Matt Stafford played well, completing 12/19 passes for 137 yards with a TD pass to rookie passing back Ty Johnson. He had a strong connection with rookie TE T.J. Hockenson, who posted 3/52 receiving but dropped a pass for a TD. Hockenson and Danny Amendola led the way with four targets each from Stafford

  • Kerryon Johnson (2/4 rushing, 1/7 receiving) played the entire first series before giving way to C.J. Anderson (8/24, 2/17) and Ty Johnson (4/9, 1/11/1)

Bills
  • The Bills also lost a couple key starters with CB Tre’Davious White (quad) and OG Quinton Spain (ankle). The Bills called White’s injury a contusion and Spain left the stadium in a walking boot.

  • Josh Allen had a shaky dress rehearsal performance, completing 3/6 passes for 49 yards and adding 2/17 rushing. He also had a bad interception over the middle of the field wiped out by a pass interference call.

  • John Brown led the Bills receivers with Allen as he posted 2/35 receiving on 3 targets. Cole Beasley had a 14-yard reception but lost a fumble on the play

  • LeSean McCoy (6/37 rushing) and Frank Gore (8/57) traded series in the first half while rookie Devin Singletary played just one snap that he turned into a 9-yard touchdown

Browns-Buccaneers
Browns
  • Baker Mayfield averaged a measly 2.8 YPA (10/26 for 72 yards) and threw a desperation interception at the end of the half. He was playing without OBJ, Landry, and Njoku and Rashard Higgins (3/18 receiving) couldn’t come down with an end zone target to help Mayfield’s final line.

  • Kareem Hunt got the start with Nick Chubb out but managed just 5/11 rushing and 1/3 receiving, and he now has just 17 rushing yards on seven carries this preseason.

Buccaneers
  • Jameis Winston wasn’t much better than Mayfield, managing just 88 yards on 19 attempts (4.6 YPA). His offensive line didn’t give him a chance, though, as he absorbed five sacks and was under constant pressure all game.

  • Chris Godwin was the one Buc who had success with Winston, posting 4/52 receiving on 6 targets

  • Peyton Barber (3/3 rushing) and Ron Jones (4/8) continued to be massively disappointing in August. Barber did get the start with Jones coming in for the second series. We could see the Bucs keep Dare Ogunbowale (7/22) and Andre Ellington (6/21) on the roster because of the struggles of their top two backs.

  • Blaine Gabbert left early with a separated left shoulder, giving way to Ryan Griffin who could make the team if Gabbert misses regular season action

Thursday’s Games

Panthers-Patriots

Panthers
  • Cam Newton left early with a foot injury and he left the stadium in a boot after the game. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the injury doesn’t appear to be serious so he should be ready for Week 1

  • Kyle Allen got the call after Newton

  • Second-round OT Greg Little left the game early to be evaluated for a concussion

  • Jordan Scarlett (10/24 rushing, 1/8 receiving) worked as the backup with Cameron Artis-Payne not seeing an offensive snap

Patriots
  • Sony Michel (10/36 rushing) ran well and could’ve had an even better night had two long runs not been called back by penalties. He stayed in at the goal line before James Friggin Develin vultured a 1-yard TD

  • Damien Harris (2/8 rushing) didn’t see the field until Brady left and then the rookie left early with an undisclosed injury

  • Phil Dorsett (7/47 receiving) saw a team-high five targets with TB12 — Edelman and Gordon weren’t in the lineup.

  • Jakobi Meyers worked with the starting offense but he couldn’t corral any of his three targets from TB12. He also had a penalty that negated a 30-yard Michel run. He finished with 7/74 receiving on 12 targets

  • Ben Watson suffered a concussion on a dirty hit from Eric Reid. Watson is suspended for the first four games of the season

Dolphins-Jaguars

Dolphins
  • Kalen Ballage averaged just 1.4 YPC (12/17 rushing) with six of his carries for no gain or negative yards. He’s now averaging just 2.2 YPC for the preseason. Kenyan Drake (foot) recently shed his boot and Ballage hardly distanced himself during his absence.

  • Mike Gesicki has had an uneven camp but he was the only Dolphins offensive player to impress with 3/59 receiving.

  • Preston Williams was held with a catch on two targets playing with first-team and he has just one catch over the last two games

  • Brian Flores didn’t name a starter after the game but Fitz appears to be the guy. The Dolphins struggled to move the ball on the Jags and he played into the second half, completing 12/18 passes for 126 yards with a TD to Mark Walton against reserves in the third quarter. Rosen eventually replaced him and completed just 5/7 passes for 59 yards, leading the Dolphins on a 99-yard TD drive

Jags
  • Nick Foles and Dede Westbrook carried their training camp chemistry to their first game action. The pair connected four times on seven targets for 29 yards and a TD. Foles finished 6/10 for 48 yards with the lone TD and an INT
  • During the FOX broadcast, Troy Aikman said that Jags OC John DeFilippo called Westbrook the best route runner he’s worked with — he coached Adam Thielen last year.
  • DJ Chark suffered a concussion on a kick return. An ESPN article named him the most impressive player in camp earlier this week and he looked set to be an outside receiver with Dede Westbrook to start the year. He still has two and a half weeks to be ready for Week 1.
  • Len Fournette saw his first action and he post 7/27 rushing but he saw three targets and caught two of them for 19 yards.
  • Ryquell Armstead (8/18 rushing) was the second back through with Alf Blue (ankle) out of the lineup

Giants-Bengals

Giants
  • Eli Manning got the start and played one drive, completing 4/8 passes for 41 yards. Danny Jones once again impressed in relief, completing 9/11 passes for 141 yards (12.8 YPA). Jones has now completed 83.3% of his passes (25/30) this preseason

  • Wayne Gallman (8/31 rushing, 2/10 receiving) got the start with the Giants resting Saquon Barkley. Rod Smith did score a short TD but he also left with a groin injury.

Bengals
  • Gio Bernard started (3/4 rushing, 1/6 receiving) with Joe Mixon resting and rookie Rodney Anderson saw his first NFL action after him. He struggled running the rock (8/7 rushing) but he caught all four of his targets for 51 yards.

  • Tyler Boyd finished with an 18-yard catch but he dropped a pass over the middle of the field on third down

  • Andy Dalton (7/10 for 104/1 passing) played three series and he connected with TE C.J. Uzomah for a 26-yard TD off of playaction

  • Second-year WR Auden Tate left early with a knee injury

Redskins-Falcons

Redskins
  • Jordan Reed left early with yet another concussion, his seventh documented head injury of his career. He’ll be in a race to be ready for the start of the season

  • Derrius Guice saw his first game action since tearing his ACL in August last summer. He impressed in the dress rehearsal game, posting 11/44 rushing and he had a TD wiped out by a holding call.

  • Case Keenum started and played the entire first half, generating six points on five drives. He completed 9/14 passes for 101 yards with a fumble, which was returned deep into Falcons territory. Dwayne Haskins followed in the second with 74 yards on 7/13 attempts.

  • The Redskins O-line continues to be a major problem as they got Keenum blown up a couple times with missed blocks.

Falcons
  • Devonta Freeman (2/3 rushing) saw brief action before giving way to Ito Smith, who posted 5/23/1 rushing and 1/9 receiving. The Judge has put a little distance between himself and Brian Hill (4/7 rushing) and Quad Ollison (12/42)

  • Matt Ryan started and he spread the ball around to his top available targets Mohamed Sanu (3/27), Calvin Ridley (1/9), and Austin Hooper (1/2)

Ravens-Eagles

Ravens
  • The Ravens rested Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram

  • First-round pick Marquise Brown (3/17 receiving, 1/-4 rushing) saw his first game action after a slow recovery from his Lisfranc surgery

  • Fellow rookie Miles Boykin caught a downfield PA pass from McSorley before picking up even more yardage after the catch for 44 yards

  • Justice Hill got the start but did little with just 7/8 rushing and 2/8 receiving

  • Trace McSorley accounted for three TDs as he continues to make a case to be Lamar Jackson’s backup

Eagles
  • The Eagles rested Carson Wentz, Miles Sanders, and Jordan Howard

  • Rookie WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (8/104/1 receiving on 9 targets) lit it up playing with recently acquired Josh McCown, hauling in a 20-yard TD pass from the veteran QB

Raiders-Packers

Packers
  • Both teams rested most of their key players since they played on just an 80-yard field because of concerns with the turf in the end zone

  • Equanimeous St. Brown got carted off for a leg injury after absorbing a big hit in the middle of the field. ESB has been competing with Jake Kumerow for the #4 WR spot

  • First-round pick Rashan Gary suffered an unspecified injury and was taken back to the locker room for examination

Raiders
  • Literally nothing of note happened for the Raiders

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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.