NFL Reactions: Preseason Week 3 Snap Analysis
NFL Reactions: Preseason Week 3 Snap Analysis

This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.

The third week of the NFL preseason isn't the universal "dress rehearsal" of years past, but more teams than not still use it as an opportunity to prepare their starters for the upcoming campaign. For fantasy owners, it's the best chance we have before Week 1 to get answers to lingering questions about player roles and usage.

I spent the majority of my Monday watching condensed versions of all the games on NFL Game Pass, with the exception of Raiders-Packers, Bears-Colts and Broncos-Rams (each of those teams held out its first-string players). In the interest of your sanity as well as mine, this week's analysis will be of the quick-hitting variety, rather than the expanded versions I put forth for the first and second weeks of the preseason.

Per usual, I'm analyzing the allotment and context of snaps, rather than focusing on the standard box score. There's a lot of information to sort through this week, so we'll break it down by position, starting with the most important:

Running Backs

> Leonard Fournette played every snap on Jacksonville's first three drives Thursday against Miami, including a 3rd-and-5, 3rd-and-7 and 3rd-and-8. With no obvious pass-catching alternative in their backfield, the Jaguars are signaling intent to use Fournette in a three-down role. This was one of the most important things I wanted to see during the preseason. For me, it's the difference between drafting Fournette around 20-25th overall or 30-35th.

> Sony Michel got the start and looked great against Carolina (most

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Jerry Donabedian
Jerry was a 2018 finalist for the FSWA's Player Notes Writer of the Year and DFS Writer of the Year awards. A Baltimore native, Jerry roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.
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