Ten teams took the field Friday night for their second preseason games, leading to an interesting mix of standout performances, the advancing of position battles, and one key injury. There were also some health updates on notable skill players from a few training camp sites, making it quite the news day and night. With a lot to sift through, let’s jump right into the latest as the regular season draws ever closer!
While there were only two games on the preseason docket Friday night, there was no shortage of news after a much fuller exhibition slate Thursday. My colleague Corey Smith did an outstanding job of covering a lot of the major storylines coming out of those games here, but we’ll aim to provide some of the more notable day-after developments (including one particularly crushing season-ending injury) from the first big night of preseason action, as well as any news from any Friday camp practices.
As most training camps wrap up their second week, there’s plenty of news emerging about players trending up or down, job battles, and naturally, injuries. There’s also already one preseason game in the books, giving us some actual game tape to draw conclusions from with respect to certain players. With no shortage of developments, let’s take a quick tour around the league to see what was notable Friday:
Friday felt like the first day where training camp was hitting on all cylinders, as all 32 teams were in action in some form or fashion. There was plenty of contract news on the day as well, with two key quarterback protectors receiving significant extensions. Some players that were injured last season are already looking encouragingly back to form, but there was a season-ending injury that also unfortunately transpired in camp-opening conditioning work Friday.
With plenty to cover around the league, let’s get right to business!
Saturday was the most dreaded day of the summer for many players, as well as an intriguing one for fantasy aficionados everywhere. The initial versions of teams’ 53-man rosters were set, leading, as customary, to some surprise cuts and a reshuffling of depth charts. Additionally, there was major news on the quarterback injury front Saturday, with those developments bringing some long-awaited positive news. Without further ado, let’s dive in to the multitude of relevant happenings around the NFL on a busy day:
Although the focus of many was on the boxing world Saturday night, fantasy football diehards were likely to still have one eye on the all-important “dress rehearsal” weekend around the NFL. Saturday offered a solid nine-game slate that featured extended action for first-team units. As customary at this point in the summer, some job battles also gained greater clarity, while multiple stars made their first and only appearances of the exhibition slate. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some notable highlights from the majority of Saturday’s contests:
Saturday brought a robust slate of preseason action, as most teams allowed their first-team units a longer leash in terms of playing time. While the second preseason game still typically pales in comparison to the third contest– which is typically termed the regular-season “dress rehearsal” — in terms of the snaps afforded projected starters, there is often at least a quarter of action for some of the bigger names. In a few cases Saturday, some of that actually extended to a full half of play, as several clubs look to build rapport between quarterbacks and new pass-catching options, for example.
Without further ado, let’s dive in to a few highlights for each club in terms of notable performers: