- Eddie Lacy and Chris Carson were sharing work with Thomas Rawls out for the game against the Vikings. Carson looked good too, a lot better than Lacy did.
- Kasen Williams is a name to remember. Don’t draft him, because he might not get the opportunity this year to crack the Seahawks starting wide receiving core, but he has made a ton of great plays in the first two preseason games. The knock on Williams was his injury history.
- Vikings offensive line looked a lot better this week, and Cook continued to get all the work with the first team. Bradford had some time to throw, and guys like Diggs will benefit.
- Derrick Henry had a bunch of carries, but didn’t look particularly quick and agile. Looked a bit slow, but powerful.
- McCaffrey looked very fast. Him and Stewart sharing the backfield.
- Jeremy Hill and Mixon sharing carries from the get. Hill is running downfield effectively, and Mixon making people miss.
- Spencer Ware came in for one snap, and was taken out. Kareem Hunt came in and did damage from there. Hunt looked pretty good. Ware coming in for only one play tells me that he’s the clear starter, and there’s no competition right now.
- Pat Mahomes is a gamer. He’s going to make mistakes, but is a playmaker with his arm and legs.
- McFadden pretty much had all the work to himself with the 1s on every down. Extreme value in the draft for the weeks that Zeke is out. He had a lot of room to run. He took 35 snaps out of the 37 first team snaps the first 2 weeks of preseason. He did have a fumble in the red zone, but I don’t think it’s going to move the needle towards Alfred Morris or a split.
- Marlon Mack got a few touches, and looked explosive and fast. Could be a playmaker for this offense, but probably won’t get enough opportunity this year between himself, Gore, and Turbin.
- Marvin Jones looks very involved. Got 4 catches on one drive and a red zone TD on a fade. He’s great at toe dragging.
- Couldn’t tell if Zach Zenner came in for Abdullah because his night was done, or if he stayed in because the Lions were close to the end zone. 2nd team came in after that, so wouldn’t have known.
- Hackenberg couldn’t get anything going for the Jets. Josh McCown mysteriously didn’t play for whatever reason.
- Rob Kelley got all of the first team reps on early downs. Perine is the clear handcuff, and looked good on runs and catches. There were two plays in a row where he linebackers over onto their backs.
- Josh Doctson is back, and caught his first pass with a minute left in the first half.
- Crowder got a red zone touchdown. He got a bunch of targets from Cousins.
- Jamaal Williams looked okay, nothing special. This was his opportunity with no Montgomery, but he didn’t seize it. He also didn’t get that much opportunity. He did play near the goal line as well.
- Martellus Bennett got the touchdown from Rodgers as he was split wide.
- Rex Burkhead got 13 of 16 snaps with the first team, and touched the ball on 10 of them. He looked good and versatile, which is exactly what Belichick wants in his RBs. He does not want the RB to indicate what kind of play it’s going to be. On Burkhead’s redzone reception touchdown, it reminded me of the plays they used to draw up for Dion Lewis two years ago, and the type that James White couldn’t quite pull off last year
- Tom Savage played well, and they named him the starter.
- Lamar Miller getting all of the work with the first team on all downs. He didn’t have much room to run though. He did convert two short yardage carries for first downs. What’s notable is that D’onta Foreman didn’t get those carries.
- Bruce Ellington was making a ton of plays for the Texans. Looked really good.
- Brian Hoyer giving Vance McDonald a lot of targets. Team saying good things about him as well. Could be a TE to keep your eye on as the year starts. He might drop a few, but he also might make some plays in the offense this year.
- CJ Anderson in on all downs with the first team.
- Tarik Cohen got the start for Jordan Howard. He looked really good and had 4-5 big runs. Cunningham did come in for him on 3rd downs, even though he can catch passes. Maybe it was because of pass protection. Cohen does look like the clear handcuff at this point to Howard. Kadeem Carey didn’t look good.
- Mike Glennon didn’t look great, but he improved on last week. Cam Meredith got a bunch of targets, including a few in the red zone.
- Kendall Wright seems like he can be as involved as Kevin White.
- Seems as though Dion Sims and Zach Miller will not let each other become fantasy relevant.
- Martavis Bryant caught his first pass on a screen, and caught a long pass down the sideline as well. Looks a bit rusty but clearly still has the talent.
- Alvin Kamara exploded through the line on his first carry for a long TD. He looked pretty good. Saints have some good backs, we hope they don’t all vulture from each other.
- Giants offensive line did not look good, and neither did Paul Perkins, who couldn’t create anything for himself for the second straight week. Orleans Darkwa came in with the first team as well. Perkins didn’t do much to secure his job, and it could be in jeopardy.
- Crowell was a late scratch, and Duke Johnson got most of the first team work. Didn’t look great in that role.
- Odell Beckham got hit in the leg in a nasty fashion, but reports are that he just has a low ankle sprain and should be good to go for Week 1. Brandon Marshall also got hit in the shoulder early in the game, but came back in the game later and was diagnosed with a sore shoulder. Also should be fine.
- Jay Cutler targeted DeVante Parker a bunch, even in double coverage. Hit Parker for a few first downs, even though one was called back for a hold. He called Parker a “faster Alshon” after the game. I will be targeting Parker, and hope he drops to the 9th or 10th rounds.
- Damian Williams came in for Jay Ajayi, and looked pretty bad. Senorice Perry came in after Williams, and looked a lot better. Powerful and explosive.
- Terrance West and Danny Woodhead were sharing snaps on all downs. This is very different than the notion of West playing early downs and Woodhead playing only passing and 3rd downs. Woodhead played some early downs, and West played some 3rd downs. The Ravens offensive line didn’t seem to be creating holes for the RBs.
- Tyrod Taylor looked really bad. He threw four interceptions, of which only two were caught by defenders. He didn’t have any rapport with his receivers, and the offense couldn’t get anything going. Now that Anquan Boldin retired after this game, he even has less to work with. I’m avoiding Tyrod at this point.
- LeGarrette Blount was getting all type of work in this game, including sweeps and tosses and third down targets. None of that is his game, and he struggled. When given downhill carries, he did great. I’m not sure why they were giving him the type of work that doesn’t suit his skills, but Doug Pederson’s peculiar handling of the running back situation is well documented. Corey Clement came in after Blount and played all three downs for a bit, and had better success.
- It seems like Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery have a decent chemistry and connected for a few first downs.
- Doug Martin was the standout of this game. He looks like a man on a mission and excelled with every touch he had in this game. He played almost the whole first half with the first team and played on all downs. If he gets this type of opportunity when he gets back in Week 4 from suspension, he will be a guy to be reckoned with. He ran like a man who is not going to give up his job. I’m aiming to draft him and will draft a RB to plug in for him the first few weeks.
- Both Cameron Brate and OJ Howard seem to be involved with the first offense. Even though reports were that Howard was going to be primarily blocking, he still had a few red zone catches.
- Blake Bortles looked really bad. He underthrew and overthrew Allen Robinson on multiple occasions, and Chad Henne came in with the starters. The coaching staff already planned for Henne to get time with the starters, and it’s now an open competition.
- When Doug Martin left the game, Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims got work with the first team. Not sure if Rodgers will be a workhorse while Martin is out.