Preseason has finally concluded, and we’re six days and counting to the official kickoff of the 2018 season. However, before the Falcons and Eagles do battle next Thursday, there’s plenty of business to be settled as final roster cuts are handed down. Some of those began unfolding Friday, with the remainder to come by Saturday afternoon. In the meantime, there’s quite a bit of news regarding job battles coming out of Thursday’s preseason finales, as well as general updates from around the league. Without further ado, let’s delve into the latest developments!
A total of 12 teams did battle Friday night during what is traditionally the most relevant exhibition game as far as first-team units are concerned. Despite the established formula of most starting offenses playing a full half, injury concerns and other considerations specific to each team saw some straying from that formula. Nevertheless, as is typically the case in this week of the exhibition slate, there were extended previews of what some team’s skill players may be capable of during the regular season, and plenty of job battles that continued to unfold. With lots to review, let’s jump in without further ado!
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: