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The NFL preseason is in full swing with two games on Friday.
But before the Atlanta Falcons competed against the New York Jets at the MetLife Stadium and the Oakland Raiders hosted the Detroit Lions, there was plenty to see.
Significant injuries mitigated the excitement in the league after seeing some of the rookie quarterbacks. Unfortunately, a few promising first graders had finished their season.
How each franchise handles a player's workload varies because everything is done to prevent excessive wear.
"In the end, we're trying to take into account everything we have, what our opportunities are, where as a football team we collectively and individually work with specific players who may need to change their workload," said coach Bill of New England Patriots Belichick Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. "… and trying to make the most of this time and opportunities for our players and team development as a whole, that's a balance we talk about every day."
Some things are inevitable. The good has to be taken with the evil. The performances on Friday were good, while the bad ones among the promising young players are not available this season.
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New York jets quarterback Sam Darnold did not look anything like the 21-year-old rookie on his debut against the Atlanta Falcons.
He appeared readily in his pocket, worked his way quickly through his reads, made decisive casts, and easily eliminated the hawks' defense. He finished 13-of-18 for 96 yards and a landing, Technically speaking, the first year signal caller threw three touchdowns on the same drive, but Charles Johnson dropped a slight snag and was later called off for an offensive pass.
It did not matter. Darnold would not be rejected. The quarterback could not be stopped by the air, albeit against base covers, or when he left the broken pocket to pick up yards.
All of this comes after he missed the first three days of training camp training for a short-lived holdout. His initial performance will make everyone forget the fact that he did not report in time, and those outside the organization are wondering when he will be the starter.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Darnold "has a very fair attitude" to win the job before the regular start, although veteran Josh McCown is considered a starter. Head coach Todd Bowles was not persistent to name one.
"You have to play preseason games," said Bowles Monday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. "I'm not on hypothetical and nothing that has not happened yet, but we'll let him play, then after the fourth preseason [game]Sometime this week I will make my decision and go from there. "
If the first game is an indication, Darnold has more than a fair chance to win the job. He should be called the starter if he continues to play this way throughout the preseason.
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Teddy Bridgewater is officially back. Two years have passed since he suffered a knee injury that nearly ended his career. The jets took a chance by signing him for a one-year $ 6 million contract this off-season, unaware that he would look like a starting caliber signal-caller as soon as he was back on the field. But he has.
He saw the part of Friday by giving seven of eight passes for 85 yards and a touchdown,
More important, Bridgewater seemed to be his old self. He did not hesitate when he was pressured. His subtle pocket movement helped expand the game. He has also implemented the crime efficiently and effectively.
Darnold, however, is the future of the franchise. It is obvious. Friday's performance just consolidated that. However, Bridgewater is only 25 years old and could serve as an appetizer for another franchise if the jets entertain trade deals.
"I live right now," Bridgewater said after training on Monday, via SNY Ralph Vacchiano. For me, it comes to work every day and does my best job, leading my group up and down the field, throwing deals and bringing us into and out of the right games, that's what . " I'm looking forward to the moment. Everything else will take care of itself. "
The jets are now in a situation the franchise has never experienced before: They have several high quality quarterbacks. Bridgewater's comeback makes it easy for him to take root, but he's also probably not on the list at the start of the regular season.
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Injuries are part of the NFL, but some hurt more than others.
The Washington Redskins had big plans for the second leg round of Derrius Guice. They will have to wait a year since Guice suffered a season-end ACL tear in the Thursday preseason contest against the Patriots at the Gillette Stadium, per team official page,
The 21-year-old rookie presented something that none of the other backs on the roster did with its combination of size (5 ", 11", 225 pounds), power between the tackles, and explosiveness through the hole.
"Had a hard time, Tryna [sic] Keep the tears behind when I got the message, "backfield mate Chris Thompson twittered, "We had something great in our room, but you know the crew got you every step of the way, brother."
Washington must now adapt its offensive approach. Luckily the team has a lot of experience and experience.
Thompson is among the best third-down backs in the game with 123 appearances in the last three seasons. Robert Kelley struggled through injuries in 2017, but he led Washington with 704 yards during the 2016 campaign. Finally, Samaje Perine enters his second year and should feel comfortable with the offensive program.
Quarterback Alex Smith can be the X-factor because of his mobility. Washington can implement the zone read and run pass options to supplement the ground attack.
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The Deon Cain of Indianapolis Colts swiftly switched from rising rookie to out-of-the-picture. The training camp had suffered a torn ACL during its first NFL action, according to Andrew Walker of the Colts official site.
"Really regrettable, of course," said head coach Frank Reich to the reporters. "He had a great camp and will come back faster and stronger next year."
The injury only contributes to the ups and downs of the year.
Cain gained early consideration early in his preliminary design review. Then he disappointed during his final season on the Clemson campus and fell into the sixth round of April.
The Colts voted him the 185th overall pick and immediately saw dividends during organized team activities through training camps.
"I've seen games arts, I've seen really good body control," Reich said of the novice in June Indianapolis StarZak Keefer. "Good speed, good routing … I really recommend Deon, he really got in and did his job well and trained well and in the last few months he has really gotten better."
A less playmaker is now on the offensive. T.Y. Hilton and Ryan Grant are the projected starters of the team. Without Cain, veteran Chester Rogers Numbers to see an expanded role, while Kasen Williams, Zach Pascal, K.J. Brent, Steve Ishmael, Seantavius Jones and Krishawn Hogan will all fight for fourth place.
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Everyone knows that Josh Allen is the quarterback of the Buffalo Bills of the future. Can he become the quarterback of the present?
Allen only completed 47.4 percent of his passes on his debut against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, but Bill's head coach Sean McDermott was encouraged by the performance.
"There were times and some things he had to work on, but overall I thought he would have moved the ball sometimes, and [it was] It's nice to see him in this two-minute ride, "said McDermott Rochester Democrat and ChronicleSal Maiorana (via AZCentral.com). "That's valuable experience for him."
Of course, social media focused on Allen's terrible four-day game in which he crawled and blindly threw a weak attempt as he fell on the lawn. His game consisted of more than one bad decision. Allen's agility helped him dodge the pressure and win yards – he had 29 yards on three vehicles. His arm is of course still electric. The rookie also showed the ability to hit one throw second window,
As a result, McDermott mingled in Allen with the first team's offensive after the signal-caller has worked the second and third unit during the practices of the previous week, according to athletics Matthew Fairburn,
Nathan Peterman opened the competition behind the center on Thursday and completed nine of 10 passes. AJ McCarron did well as well, finishing 70 percent of his rolls. Allen is a work in progress, but the team leaves the door open so he can start sooner rather than later.
"You know, first of all, all these guys were great–Nathan, AJ and Josh–in terms of communicating and understanding and adhering to the situation here, "McDermott said of startup Petermann, after Nick Wojton of USA today'S bills wire. "I just felt it was right for us, so we'll go back and watch the movie, rate it, and move on."
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Antonio Callaway had a hard week. Baker Mayfield helped make things better.
The Cleveland Browns started the round of the fourth round after trading with Corey Coleman just to find out the next day that Strongsville, Ohio, police cited the 21-year-old broad receiver for marijuana ownership and driving with an suspended license.
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported that the organization does not believe Callaway smoked the marijuana. According to NFL Network & # 39; s Tom Pelisserothinks the problem with the license is a simple paper mistake.
Callaway started the preseason prelude against the New York Giants and did not play well in the first half with a few drops and bad legs.
But Mayfield was not deterred by self-doubt.
"I kept telling him, 'Fight through, just keep pushing, push on,' because I needed him, 'Mayfield said by Cabot. "If you're tired, you need to be able to concentrate, he's a guy we'll count on, and in the third and fourth quarters, he needs to be able to drive and run these routes and make adjustments on the fly. "
Callaway got three passes in the second half and scored 87 goals for the best teamincluding a 54 yard Touchdown reception,
Mayfield looked great in his 212 debut pass Yards and a couple of touchdowns in two and a half quarters. But the little things that nobody has seen outside the locker room are really impressive.
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The flirt between the Browns and free-agent-wide receiver Dez Bryant continues, and both sides seem ready for the next step. According to NFL Network & # 39; s Ian RapoportBryant will visit Cleveland next week, probably Thursday, to see if the team is a good fit.
At least one Browns player– a very important one– Has the idea to add the three-time Pro Bowler.
"That would be great," said quarterback Tyrod Taylor, by Cabot. "I've said that before, we know what kind of talent Dez brings to the field, he was a very, very good player in that league in his day and he adds talent to the big receiver room."
The Browns lack a true X-receiver, and Bryant spent his entire eight-year career in that role for the Dallas Cowboys. Granted, Cleveland awaits Josh Gordon's return during the training camp, but the team has not yet announced an exact date.
However, Bryant is not necessarily an insurance policy. His presence may contribute to an already improved offense now featuring Jarvis Landry, Callaway, Duke Johnson, Carlos Hyde, and David Njoku.
As long as the 29-year-old recipient is open to playing in a squad that is not considered a serious playoff contender, his addition will make the Browns attack even stronger.
"I hope it can be done, but as I said, it's the management," added Taylor. "I definitely think he can help this team."
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Martavis Bryant has every physical tool necessary to become a # 1 broad receiver. But his failure to capture the Oakland Raiders' playbook and the general inconsistency continues to hold him back.
"He has to get out of here and play better," said head coach Jon Gruden last week Las Vegas review journalis it Michael Gehlken, "He's in a competitive situation right now there are many other recipients who had a nice camp, all he has to do is learn the offense, he has to stay out here."
Former Raiders broad receiver and current NFL Network analyst James Jones caught the flames of frustration.
"I only had one chance to talk to Coach [Greg] Olson, and he said talent, there is probably no one who can keep up [Bryant] Talent wise, "said Jones on the network, about Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. But they said he does not record the playbook, and that's the reason for a bit of frustration at the moment, because they want to take him to the field, but he's not yet able to capture the playbook. "
According to Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area, Bryant was "tied to the second unit".
The 6'4 "210-pound finish can be a great threat, but far from a wide receiver that prevents him from joining Amari Cooper to form the team's top duo. Instead, the extremely reliable Jordy Nelson is taking on a lead role.
"… Nelson [has] was exactly what [the] Hunter [and] Wide Receivers coach Edgar Bennett believed they would get. Moves like he is 28. Polished routes. Timing develops with Derek Carr. And off-field leader, " Gehlken tweeted last week.
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The Raiders Draft Course made some scratching their heads as many of the team's selections seemed to be of the Boom or Bust variant. It's starting to make sense now.
Defensive tackles P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst, who had chosen the organization in rounds two and five, each had question marks. Hall delivered elite production, albeit at an FCS program. In the meantime, Hurst saw that his design had crashed because of fears of existing heart disease.
It became clear why the Raiders had both selected them after seeing them against the Detroit Lions on Friday.
"To get those two guys, we thought they were the best two inside strikers in this draft," Gruden said in May, according to Luke Straub USA todayRaiders Wire.
Both rookies are considered undersized – Hall is 6 "1", 308 pounds, Hurst 6 "2", 291 – but they overcompensate their limits with speed in the first step, low pad levels and a relentless approach. Hall dismissed Matt Cassel at his first snap. Later, he diverted a pass and added another quarterback hit.
"He's a tough guy to block," Gruden told Hall, Bair. He is a powerful guy. It does not look like the biggest defensive attack in the league, but it's a powerful, burly, fast, penetrating inner presence we need here. We did not have enough inside to hurry. "
Hurst also exerted pressure.
The Pass Rush is already improved as Oakland waits for Khalil Mack to return from a contract holdout. The ability to collapse the bag– Both can do defensive tackles regularly– helps the entire defense. It's only a matter of time before Hall and Hurst join the starters Justin Ellis and Mario Edwards Jr.