8/09 NFL Preseason Week 1 Notes
We’re wrapping up a few quick thoughts from the last four Week 1 NFL Preseason games. There’s very little to take away from these, so we’ll keep this one brief before gearing up for our next full division breakdown.
Pittsburgh 16 NY Giants 20
From the Pittsburgh side, Dri Archer made some noise with his catch and run for 46 yards in the beginning of the ball game. Archer has the fastest time at the 2014 combine, and his speed should be used quite a bit with the Steelers. He’s going to be the third-string RB, so he’ll be a 3rd-down back only. However, if the Steelers are going to split him out wide in certain formations in their more up-tempo scheme, his value could be underrated. Remember, with Emanuel Sanders gone, the Steelers are looking for another target to step up besides Antonio Brown.
As for the Giants, they are also expected to play with more tempo this year. Although, Eli Manning looked poor once again in his brief appearance. He’s still not in any danger of losing the starting job. Rashad Jennings was shut down for the most part, with the exception of his one gash right up the middle for 73 yards and a TD. Despite good blocking, the Steelers defense was completely out of position on this play, and the safeties took horrible angles. Andre Williams took his seven carries for 35 yards in another solid performance. With David Wilson done, Williams is now the clear No. 2 back and certainly could get some decent action this season.
Cleveland 12 Detroit 13
The most anticipated QB battle that I can remember. Here are my takeaways from the Browns.
1. The WRs were terrible
2. The first-team OL was very good for Hoyer.
3. The second-team OL was awful for Manziel.
4. Hoyer played better than his numbers showed, although he did overthrow a few people on deeper passes
5. Manziel ran qutie a bit of read-option or QB draw.
6. Manziel ran a bootleg on 4th-and-1 where he could have EASILY thrown it a few yards for a 1st down, but he showed off his running to barely get the first down with his legs. This could have been a self-promotion moment.
7. The defense was very good from top to bottom
Still, I don’t think we’ve learned anything about any position yet for fantasy value.
Nothing really to note about the Lions other than they played at a fairly fast pace like last season. The offense looked the same. So I’ll just use this opportunity to say how much I expect a huge year out of Golden Tate.
Green Bay 16 Tennessee 20
It was a torrential downpour to start this game. No surprise that we didn’t see pretty much the entire first-string offense for Green Bay. Nothing to report other than the OL did a nice job in the rain for the running game.
For the Titans, Locker was sloppy for his short time on the field. But again, the rain was brutal. The story here is Bishop Sankey and Shonn Greene. Sankey is the No. 1 back on the depth chart, but Greene got the start. Greene looked solid on his four rushes for 20 yards and a TD. After Dexter McCluster got in there for a bit, Sankey got a majority of the carries. He didn’t do as well with his 2.8 yards per carry, but he was with the second and third string. On the bright side, he did catch three balls for 38 yards and a TD. Most likely in Daily Fantasy, Titans RBs are going to be annoying group to deal with (both Greene and Sankey are relatively fairly priced on DraftKings and FanDuel). I see this being a RB by committee type deal. Greene will probably be the starter, get about half the carries and be the goal-line back.
Houston 0 Arizona 32
Houston played as bad as the score looks. Ryan Fitzpatrick was terrible. The OL was terrible, a Bill O’Brien specialty. Andre Brown and Dennis Johnson were cut from the team. No Andre Johnson. The defense was bad in all areas. The rotation of the players was also really bizarre in this game. We’ll see if more of the starters play in Week 2.
Obviously on the flip side, the Cardinals looked great. Everyone did. Nothing stood out. Larry Fitzgerald still has it. Andre Ellington got two carries early and was done, but he will be the feature back for the Cardinals. Ellington is only $6,000 on DraftKings in week 1 and has a juicy matchup at home vs the Chargers. All three QBs looked great with Carson Palmer leading the way on a perfect 5-for-5 opening drive with a TD pass to Fitzgerald. Michael Floyd nor Ted Ginn played in this one. Hopefully they will in Week 2.View all posts by Nick Juskewycz