Before delving into the NFL Preseason Week 2 Fantasy Football watch, let’s check out some of the highlights from the first week of preseason action.
The Cowboys may have found their backup QB, and eventual heir apparent to Tony Romo in Dak Prescott. In a game versus the Rams, were everyone was anxious to see first overall pick QB Jared Goff, it was Prescott who had a debut to remember. He started, and played nearly a perfect game, going 10-12 for 139 yards and 2 TDs. His only two incompletions were drops. The Cowboys should be feeling a little better about their QB situation, as should fantasy owners of Dez Bryant, Ezekial Elliott, Terrance Williams, and Jason Witten.
The verdicts are still out on QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Mark Sanchez. Garoppolo went 11-18 for 168 yards playing the whole first half, fifty-six of those yards did come on one screen pass. Garoppolo also held onto the ball quite a bit, resulting in a few sacks. Sanchez looked great hooking up with Demaryius Thomas on a long TD pass, but he also threw a terrible interception.
The Jaguar offense is shaping into a juggernaut. In two series, their first team offense marched the length of the field with ease versus the Jets defense. The offensive line looks much improved, and Chris Ivory looked good pounding in a short touchdown. Allen Robinson made three great catches for 80 yards in less than one quarter. He is looking indefensible.
Titans RBs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry both looked great running right through the pathetic Chargers run defense. I would argue that might not be a great thing. It looks like these two will likely split carries pretty evenly. And unfortunately, they won’t get to play the Chargers every week in the regular season.
Here are several story lines to keep an eye on in Week 2 of the preseason.
NFL Preseason Week 2
Now let’s take a look at the coming week to see what to watch for.
The continuing evolution of the Saints new passing attack
The Saints passing game has added some fuel power with rookie wide out Mike Thomas and free agent TE Coby Fleener. Thomas saw some early playing time, and impressed with four catches for 67 yards, including two spectacular catches. Fleener didn’t play much, catching his lone target, but the Saints appear to be grooming him to play the “Jimmy Graham” role in their offense. It will be interesting to see what this passing game looks like when Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks play more this week.
What will the Texans offense look like?
The Texans didn’t show much of their hand last week, with their “Big 3” of Brock Osweiler, Lamar Miller, and Deandre Hopkins barely playing. There’s also a battle brewing for the No. 2 and No. 3 WR positions between second year player Jalen Strong, and rookies Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. Strong could very easily beat out the favorite Fuller for the starting spot opposite Hopkins.
How does RG3 look?
Robert Griffin didn’t play much last week. He did look good completing a 50 yard bomb to Terrelle Pryor, but he also threw a bad redzone interception. The Browns have some weapons with Corey Coleman, Gary Bardnige, Terrelle Pryor, Duke Johnson, and eventually Josh Gordon. But will RG3 be capable of getting them the ball? The Browns offense line is also an issue, as they try to replace to longtime starters at center and right tackle.
Where does the maturation process of WRs Kevin White and Laquan Treadwell stand?
Both White and Treadwell are extremely gifted receivers. However, negative reports have been coming out of training camp regarding both of them. White has been having some trouble learning the Bears offense. He started last week, but barley played, catching just one short pass.
Treadwell has unexpectedly been stuck behind Charles Johnson on the Vikings depth chart. Viking’s coaches have stated they want to ease Treadwell into the offense. Treadwell didn’t play with the starters, but he played well with the second team snagging 4 out of 5 targets. Johnson also caught a 51-yard-TD pass in the first quarter.
Both White and Treadwell have huge upside, so their progress is worth monitoring.
Keep a close eye on the rookie RBs
Rookie RBs Kenneth Dixon (Ravens), DeAndre Washington (Raiders), Paul Perkins (Giants), and Derrick Henry (Titans) all had very good preseason debuts. Other rookie RBs Devante Booker (Broncos), Jordan Howard (Bears), Alex Collins (Seahawks), Keith Marshall (Redskins), and Josh Ferguson (Colts) didn’t have much success in their first game action. All these backs could have a potentially significant impact this season.
Those are the story lines to watch for in the NFL Preseason Week 2. You can catch all of these games on the NFL Network.
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