After the pre-season of 12 games the day before, there were a number of competitions on Friday. The early matchup featured the first chapter in the Jets start quarterback search and the late game showed Jon Gruden's return to Oakland and Matt Patricia's head coach debut with the Detroit Lions.
Here's what we learned from the preseason games of Week 1:
Hunter 16, Leo 10
Nothing is official until the regular season, and Gruden and Patricia must be happy about it.
Gruden's Oakland homecoming and Patricia's Lions debut was a rather sloppy, punitive affair for both teams – a preseason game where coaches can not feel fantastic, but consolation knowing that the impact is limited.
For the Lions showed the duel between Ameer Abdullah, LeGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson. Due to his performance against the Raiders, Abdullah seems to be aware that he has a good preseason to increase his chances of staying in Detroit this season.
Abdullah hurried for 16 yards and a touchdown on four carries and also made a 7-yard catch. As the performance evokes memories of his rookie season, it could come to something other than memories when it comes to Abdullah and the Lions. Both Blount (5-21) and Johnson (7-34) have more acquisitions and it is very possible that Abdullah will only be used to boost its potential trading value.
Connor Cook was more or less the star of the Raiders. It's clear that Gruden gives Cook the opportunity to secure the backup quarterback role in his internal duel with EJ Manuel, and Cook responded with a solid performance. He completed 11 of 19 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Another highlight? Kicker Eddy Pineiro. The rookie is the favorite from the camp to win the starting job, and the Raiders signaled their confidence in him by cutting off Giorgio Tavecchio last week. Pineiro was 3 for 3 field trials and scored 21, 48 and 45 yards.
Marshawn Lynch may have been another player in the spotlight if his 60-yard touchdown carry was not canceled by a holding call in first-round pick picking Kolton Miller at the start of the game, but that's the way it was in the preseason.
Jets 17, Hawk 0
Based on his debut with New York Jets, it would be a shame to see Teddy Bridgewater on a sideline this season. Bridgewater efficiently managed to direct the jets' attacks over the two-quarters of the parts he was playing. He showed a good pocket presence and mobility in solid sight, which strengthened his qualification as a potential NFL starter in 2018.
After playing three games in his only series, Josh McCown completed 7 of 8 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. Most of his passes were from the so-called Dink-and-Dunk variant, but his over-center pass Isaiah Crowell, who worked hard to score a 16-yard TD, was right on target. A 21-yard completion against Neal Sterling toward the end of his stint was probably his best pass – a quick, surgical punch that blew up on the Hawks' secondary side and soon helped set a field goal.
"It was definitely a great feeling just to be out there with the guys," Bridgewater said after the game. "The biggest feeling comes with a win, all the hard work in the training camp pays off, that's the best feeling, but it was a great feeling for me personally to be out there after a few years of live action." It felt It's good to get hit again, although you never wanted to beat the quarterback. It was not a bag or anything, but it felt good to be out there and I'm excited. "
The overcrowded QB space of the Jets is a problem of good change for Jet coach Todd Bowles and General Manager Mike Maccagnan, but it is difficult to understand that the Jets are not finding a fertile trading market for Bridgewater's services as the regular season approaches quickly , With the third overall score that Sam Darnold keeps his promise, there is no good reason to keep Bridgewater on the list.
As for Darnold, he has been trying to show his potential to start this season.